Awesome Open House Ideas for Summer

by Tommy SibigaJuly 24, 2014

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When summer is in full swing, people love to get out and enjoy the nice weather. It also gets the wheels turning for folks who are thinking about possibly moving into a new home. While it’s a great time to host an open house, unfortunately, you will have other open houses to compete against. To help your open house stand out, here are a few simple suggestions!

Throw a Backyard Barbeque

First and foremost, if your home has a great outdoor living space, show it off! It’s hard to envision grilling burgers when your concrete patio is covered in snow. But in the summer, not only can you give potential buyers a vision of how the outdoor space functions, you can allow them to experience it themselves. Consider hosting a patio party and make the center of the action out on the deck/patio. A few simple appetizers spread out between the outdoor living space and the kitchen will draw folks throughout the house. An ice-filled beverage dispenser with your favorite summer drink is a nice touch. Since the daylight lasts so long, consider hosting your patio party in the evening on a weekday. Patio string lights are an inexpensive touch that can add elegance.
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Throw a Neighborhood Block Party

If you live in a cul-de-sac, summer is the time to highlight it. A lot of buyers are attracted to cul-de-sac homes and a little block party may be just the thing to draw them in. Grilling some burgers out front, inviting the neighbors over, and having cars line the street will give you some extra exposure for passersby. A chance to meet some friendly future neighbors will enhance your chances of getting your home sold! Another huge benefit of this is that you can enlist your current neighbors to be a small sales force, spreading the news that your home is for sale, both during the open house and after.
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Add Sizzling Summer Fun to Your Traditional Open House

Capitalizing on the outdoor patio is just one selling tactic. You could also host a traditional open house, with a few extra details specific to the summer season. BBQ (pulled pork or chicken) reminds people of summer, is easy to order, and serves a crowd. Lemonade, Arnold Palmers, and/or iced tea pair perfectly with BBQ or can be served independently. An old fashioned snow-cone machine would be a great touch. You also could hire a food truck and/or an ice cream truck and treat your guests. Vibrant flowers, freshly picked from your yard, add some great color to your home. Relaxing summer music helps create a fun atmosphere. Finally, for the really outgoing types, you could greet guests at the door with a Hawaiian lei.

There’s something about summer that makes everyone feel lighter and more energetic. In order to have a successful summertime open house, think about all the things that you love about the season, and try to either enhance or recreate those elements. Summer is the time to highlight the exterior of your home and allow potential buyers to gain a holistic appreciation of all that your home has to offer. Those little touches will go a long way in creating the positive impression that will sell your home. Feel free to comment below with suggestions that you’ve seen or done.

For more open house tips and ideas, check out our article on staging a home beyond just the basics.

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