The importance of an open house is widely debated in the real estate world.  Some people advocate that an open house significantly helps your home’s chances of selling.  While others argue that an open house is only held to make the seller happy.  Either way, there is no arguing that an open house does not hurt your home’s chances of being sold.  For this reason, open houses should be carefully planned out ahead of time to make sure that potential buyers are impressed with what they are being presented.

Here are a few tips that are sure to help your home’s chances of selling:

  1. Should be held once a month
  • Some real estate agents argue that open houses are not as effective as they used to be because of the fact that buyers can use the Internet to look at homes.  But an open house gives potential buyers the opportunity to get an actual feel of the house, which can be the deciding factor.
  1. Have snacks available
  • The food that is offered at an open house is more important than most people are aware of.  A variety of food and beverage options make buyers feel more welcome and everyone more relaxed while touring your home.  Some good snack and drink ideas include:
  • Cookies
  • Finger Sandwiches
  • Brownies
  • Assorted Skewers
  • Chips/Pretzels
  • Homemade Lemonade/Iced Tea
  1. Make up flyers
  • Usually when people visit your house, it is not the only one they are visiting that week or even that day.  Buyers often visit dozens of homes within a few weeks trying to find the perfect match.
  • What can make your house stand out?  You can make up flyers to hand out to buyers, which can include flattering pictures and detailed descriptions of your home.
  • Not only will this help promote your home while they are attending your open house, but it will be something they can take home with them, keeping your home fresh in their minds when it comes time for their decision of which house to purchase.