I was just reading thru the comments on Rebecca Diamond's post about Open Houses (which I agreed with wholeheartedly by the way) and somebody here made a great point....it's not whether open houses work or not.....it's whether they work for US.
And as long as it IS disclosed to a seller that the chances of a buyer coming in to buy their home at one of these things is slim to none, and they still want to do one....well....all righty then.
But I do not like doing them, and here are just a few reasons why:
1) Security - I feel like rape bait.
2) Security - See #1. Also, is person looking at home to buy it? Or are they going through casing the house to break in at some other time? Or what if the moaning I hear coming from the bedroom isn't because the visitors are admiring the crown molding? What if they're....well....you know. I've heard that happens.
3) They're not effective in selling the home that's open. Plus, you might have to change the sheets.
4) I freak out about bathroom stuff...what if I'm in the bathroom when someone comes in? Should I go at all? What if I use the last of the toilet paper? Or what if there's hardly any left? Would it be rude if I looked for more?
5) I get sleepy at open houses....most especially when they are empty. I bring my computer. I bring my books. But still, the sleepies set in. What if somebody shows up and I'm snoring? Or drooling? Or just in that fuzzy headed state where my tongue is half paralyzed and I have trouble putting together thoughts? How is that going to look? What about the TV? Totally off limits? Or would HGTV or CNN or the Gator game be okay?
6) What if I get hungry? Can I eat? What if I'm eating when someone comes in? Isn't that bad form? And what to do with the cheeseburger wrapper? Damn! I forgot a trash bag! Can I put the wrapper in their trash bag?
7) That Big Gulp is kicking in and I need to use the bathroom. Ahh geez.
8) Should I sit outside on the porch? It's a beautiful day. Or will that look like I'm stalking?
9) But if I sit inside what if nobody thinks I'm there? Will they still knock? Should I leave the front door wide open? A little open? A sign on the door that says Please Come In? What if I put up a sign like that? Isn't that just inviting #1?
And what about balloons? How many to put on the sign? And what if one of the balloons on the sign out front pops and the strings from the other balloons are all jacked up? Should I just leave the whole mess alone? Or should I try to remove the balloon corpse so it doesn't send a bad message about the housing market? And what if I DO try to remove the balloon corpse, and a buyer is thinking of stopping, but then sees me outside messing with the balloons? Will that scare them off? Maybe they won't want to come in. And if I'm outside messing with the jacked up balloons and someone pulls up and I left my phone inside because I needed the use of both hands to fix the balloon situation so I can't call 911 if the buyer pulling up is a psychopath? What then?
And what do I do with the balloons after the open house is over? Pop them all mercilessly? Track down a neighbor kid and hope I don't get reported for stalking? Let them deflate in my garage until they're latex prunes?
And what if any balloons get loose? How do I live with the guilt of knowing I've choked a bird or a dolphin or something?
I'm sorry, but no good can come out of these things.