Holding an Open House in the Rain. How do you do it?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Picture this.  Earlier in the week, the sun is shining and the air is crisp.  You decide to do a Open House.  You advertise, you let people know, you prepare for the open house.

Fast forward to the day of the Open House.  It is raining. What do you do?

On the best of days, it is challenging for me to handle directional signs.  I'm a small person.  Putting out signs on a given day is difficult enough.  So...run out with no umbrella and get wet or struggle with an umbrella in one hand and a sign in the other?

Do people come to open houses when it is raining out?  Just curious...

I enjoy doing Open House.  I meet great neighbors and others just walking through.  I enjoy seeing the different houses and learning about the feedback from the people that walk through.

What are your thoughts and experiences?


Comments (2)

Raine Carraway (Michelle Carraway)
EXP Realty - Lenoir, NC

Ugh, I hate open houses on rainy days. There usually aren't many people that show up around here, and it seems like more work for less returns. I don't like sitting open houses alone, so I usually bring my husband or a friend, and often times they'll volunteer to put up the signs in bad weather. When it takes both of us, a raincoat with a hood helps keep you dry and free up both hands, although they can be hot. Another thing that helps is to make sure there's a door mat and bring one if there isn't, so people can wipe their feet. If it's an area where it may get muddy, I have bought along one of those clear carpet runners as well, to protect the areas near the door.

Dec 13, 2009 05:07 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Joanna - yes I've done many an open house on a rainy or snowy day (when I lived in snow country).  I found that some were great and others were so so - but that's kind of the way it goes with open houses.  I did always make sure they took their shoes off and didn't mess up the house!  And if there was a fireplace for sure I'd have that going nicely....and the smell of chocolate cookies too! 

Here in Phx were we get little rain people LOVE to come out and look at homes. It kind of energizes people so it's pretty effective for us on rainy days!


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Dec 13, 2009 10:56 AM