Now that summer is here a great way to show off the potential of a home during an open house is to hold the main part of the open house outside. Let potential buyers tour the home but make the outside deck or patio the gathering point so that they can experience the home’s potential for indoor/outdoor living and imagine themselves entertaining family and friends on the deck or patio.
A summer picnic is an ideal way to draw in potential buyers to an open house. Set up a grill on the deck or patio and offer potential buyers hot dogs and burgers along with summer staples like potato salad or macaroni salad. Lemonade and iced tea are a must. And brownies or cookies or even popsicles are a nice touch for dessert. Here are some other fun ways to create a welcoming outdoor open house picnic that will sell potential buyers on a home during summer sales season:
Get Rid of Bugs
If you’re going to be entertaining potential buyers in the backyard of the home you will want to get rid of the uninvited guests like bugs. Citronella candles are effective and easy to use and they will clear a large area of bugs and pests. Don’t use bug spray that can smell harsh and unpleasant. Citronella candles smell nice and for many people evoke memories of summer parties.
Light It Up
String some fun lights in the outdoor area. Even if the open house is during the day and the lights aren’t on the potential buyers who come through the home will notice that the home’s outdoor area has lights and it will show them the potential for summer night barbecues and wine parties. White lights are always a safe bet, although you can also use fun novelty lamps or Chinese lanterns to make it more festive.
Make It Comfortable
When potential buyers have gone through the house and come out back for refreshments that is the best time to give them information about making an offer on the home. So, set up folders for potential buyers will all the important sales information in them. And make sure that the deck or patio area has plenty of comfortable chairs, tables and outdoor sofas where people can sit and eat or drink a refreshing cold drink. They will look at the sales information while they enjoy sitting on the deck or patio and that could be enough to make them decide they want to buy the home. The more comfortable and tranquil the deck or patio space is the more the potential buyers will fall in love with it as they think about happy family gatherings in that space.
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