May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go - Irish blessing
St. Patrick's Day is coming up and, as you know, it's the perfect time for a whole bunch of tomfoolery. What you may not know is that it's the perfect time for an open house to sell those St Louis homes. However, if you're going to do it, it needs to be done right - and the best time to get started is now.
Themed Open Houses
Okay, we (as in real estate agents) often say, "Don't get your personality all over the house you're selling" and we mean it. That's not to say that you can't have a little bit o' fun with a themed open house party, though. Here are a few tips to get you started on the right path for getting those St Louis homes sold:
- Keep your St. Patrick's Day decorations minimal, but the atmosphere fun. In other words, pick decorations that are bland, but still lighten the mood of the home.
- Lights for the evening, windows for the day. If your open house happens during the day, use as much natural lighting as possible. If it's in the evening, use lighting that isn't harsh or overbearing.
- Offer tasty, "smell good" snacks. You don't have to make a meal to feed an army, but a few Irish snack dishes can go a long way. You don't have to stick to Irish food, however. A backyard barbecue is a wonderful way to show off the home's entertainment possibilities.
- Keep the alcohol low, if available. You're not trying to throw a rip-roaring party, but there are two things to consider with alcohol. One is that it's St. Patrick's Day and almost a national drinking day. Two, is that the more relaxed a potential buyer feels, the more positive they'll feel about the house (this is not to say that you should get the visitors drunk, however).
The main purpose of holding an open house is to get potential buyers to come and see what St Louis homes have to offer. You want to show off the inside, but you also want to show off the outside and the home's ability to entertain guests. If you have a real estate agent, discuss the open house with them. If you don't have an agent, give me a call at 314-630-4227 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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Holding an open house http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/article-29857.html