Whatever the season, the key to selling your home is creating a space that enables buyers to picture themselves living there. Now that fall is upon us, we have a special set of ideas and seasonal touches to make your open house a success. Want to make sure yours goes off without a hitch? Today, we’re sharing our favorite fall open house ideas!
Providing refreshments for an open house is an effective, low cost way to incorporate seasonal touches into your open house. One of our favorite fall open house ideas is to place homemade treats next to printed information about the property, enticing potential buyers to learn more. Things like spiced cookies, pumpkin pie, hot cocoa and apple cider evoke feelings of warmth and coziness – perfect for those exploring what may be their new home. Remember that thoughtful touches, no matter how small, can make a big impact. Potential buyers will leave feeling comfortable in the space.
Lighting is just as important during an open house as it is in your real estate photos. To improve the ambiance of your home, let in as much natural light as possible. Open all of the curtains and blinds and turn on the lights. Make sure that all exterior lighting is working properly and consider additional indoor light sources as well. Go for warm hues and try utilizing a mix of lamps and ceiling lights to create the perfect ambiance. Remember not to go overboard with scented candles as some folks may be allergic or turned off by the smell.
It can be hard to keep up with lawn maintenance as the weather gets cooler and days get shorter. However, it’s crucial not to fall behind on your curb appeal. After all, your property’s exterior is the potential buyer’s first impression. Make sure that all surfaces are power washed, lights are in working condition and landscaping is manicured. You can add a few fun touches like exterior lighting or fall colored flowers to showcase the season. Check out our curb appeal checklist for more inspiration.
Hosting a memorable fall open house will rely on your ability to make potential buyers feel at home in the space. Create a cozy atmosphere by playing some soft background music and lighting the fireplace. This will help to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. It may seem obvious, but keeping the inside of your property warm is one of our favorite fall open house ideas. People like to feel cozy! You can also incorporate some subtle fall decor and leave out a few activities for kids, like coloring pages or word puzzles. Finally, be available for questions but make yourself scarce. Don’t make the buyers feel like they’re being followed. The ultimate goal here is to give them the feeling of comfort.
On the more unique side, another one of our favorite fall open house ideas is to host a giveaway or raffle for potential buyers. It offers an element of friendly competition and excitement around your open house, which never hurts. The prize does not have to be extravagant. Instead, put together a bag of fall goodies and gift cards to local businesses. Use your open house sign in sheet to randomly select a winner. Don’t forget to advertise the contest on social media as you promote your open house. Include a snippet about it in your flyer or sign – and you may generate more buzz than you think!
Leveraging the power of social media is always a wise idea. With the holiday season approaching, folks tend to share photos and interact more with friends and family online. Consider this a growing audience to market your property through social media. To increase your reach, start by recording a video walkthrough of the property to post on all your channels. Make it look so good that people are inclined to share it with their networks. Do not be afraid to try new ideas when it comes to social media. When used correctly, platforms like Instagram and Facebook can provide you more exposure than you think.
Third-party listing websites and 3D virtual tour platforms are now standard for home buyers, with every property detail accessible online. For motivated buyers who can’t attend your open house, a live virtual walkthrough can suffice. Once your open house begins, hop on Facebook or Instagram live and present a walkthrough of the listing. On your virtual walkthrough, engage with viewers and answer questions. Virtual staging helps buyers see a room’s full potential as well. Sometimes, the shape of a space makes it difficult to understand how to place furniture and decorate the interior. Use your tablet to show guests the listing’s real estate images with virtual staging in various interior design styles.
Are you feeling inspired to host that fall open house?! Let us know your favorite fall open house ideas in the comments below – and have a cozy holiday season!