I do enjoy hosting open houses and many times I am surprised at the conversations that I have with those visiting the house. Mary Margaret helped me stage a house a few years ago. She added a very large, very nice Scrabble board made by Restoration Hardware on the living room coffee table, then she added words like, home sweet home, to the board. I thought it was a little over the top, but every person that came through the door that day loved it and had to talk about it. It is a fun way to get visitors to loosen up and enjoy the open house.
When we put our home on the market a couple of weeks ago, we had removed all of our furniture so there was no place to put the Scrabble board. I was a little worried that I did not have my "ice breaker," but everyone did want to talk. They just did not want to talk about the things I thought they would want to talk about; the new shutters, the renovated bathrooms and kitchen, the new pool tile and plaster, the larger yard than usual for the neighborhood, the newer floors, or the relatively new crown molding in some of the rooms. I was surprised at what they wanted to talk about. My window sills!