Summertime… and the livin’s easy. It’s the perfect time to sell your the Greater Cincinnati Area home. The weather is nice, people are out and about, and it’s the perfect time to throw an AMAZING open house. There are many ways you can take advantage of the warm temps and long days. Here are just a few ideas in our:
“Guide to Throwing a Summer Open House in the Greater Cincinnati Area!”
Throw A Party!
Who doesn’t love a backyard BBQ or block party! The days are long, the evenings are warm! Invite your neighbors, open the doors and let everyone know the house is available! Your neighbors could have friends looking to buy! And the idea of picking your new neighbor will make people much more interested! It is a great way to really get the word out about your home being for sale. Throwing a party sends a relaxed vibe, makes people feel at home. It is much less stuffy than a traditional open house. And depending on how tightly-knit your neighborhood is, throwing a block party might give you one last hurrah with your neighbors, making it a good way to start the goodbye process. BBQ outside, and welcome everyone into your home!
Create a Theme
Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati are rich in tradition and this leads to all kinds of great ideas for your summer party. Weather you are trying to sell a house in Fort Thomas, Florence, Fort Wright, Burlington, Independence or anywhere in NKY, a theme can bring people together.
You can throw a Hawaiian Luau theme, which is great for summer nights. Or, you capitalize on a trending and uniting aspect of the city – like the growth and success of FC Cincinnati’s soccer club. Whatever you choose, this can help you sell your NKY home.
What Should You Eat?
There are a ton of unique and easy things you can make. If you are going all out with the backyard party, it the perfect time to fire up the grill. Doing this can help people feel as if they are having fun and hanging out in their own (new) backyard. Setting a relaxed and fun environment will let them picture themselves there, entertaining and having fun with their friends.
If you are having a more traditional open house, think of serving cool drinks and snacks. Nothing should be cumbersome or hard to eat. Also, you don’t want anything messy that is going to spill on the carpet in your entry way. Serve fresh lemonade and a watermelon salad in the backyard. Or one of our favorites, caprese on a stick, (just make sure it’s not left out too long.) Nothing you serve should be spoilable. People getting sick is not the key to a successful open house!
Highlight the Yard!
Even if you just have a small patio, people love being outside. While the interior shouldn’t be neglected, neither should the yard! It’s amazing what a few flowers can do to brighten up a dull space. If you have a bigger area and don’t have much going on, you might consider getting a few things to really make the yard a place people will want to hang out! Consider a hammock, great seating, or a water feature. If you are in a family orientated area, add something fun the kids will love. (Make sure the sale agreement states if these items will come with the home or not so there is no confusion.)
The best tip for any open house, any time of year is to declutter. People want to picture themselves living in a new home and the more clutter you have, the harder it is for them to do that. Get rid of unwanted and unused items ahead of time. Clean up office papers and junk mail. Make the space as tidy as you can so that people will enjoy themselves in your space.