Summertime… and the livin’s easy. It’s the perfect time to sell your Milwaukee home. The weather is nice, people are out and about, and it’s the perfect time to throw an AMAZING summer open house. There are many ways you can take advantage of the warm temps and long days. Here are just a few ideas in our:
“Guide to Throwing a Summer Open House in Milwaukee!”
Throw A Party!
Who doesn’t love a backyard BBQ or block party! The days are long, the evenings are warm! Invite your neighbors to your summer open house, open the doors and let everyone know the house is available! Your neighbors could have friends looking to buy! And the idea of picking your new neighbor will make people much more interested! It is a great way to really get the word out about your home being for sale. Throwing a party sends a relaxed vibe, makes people feel at home. It is much less stuffy than a traditional open house. And depending on how tightly-knit your neighborhood is, throwing a block party might give you one last hurrah with your neighbors, making it a good way to start the goodbye process. BBQ outside, and welcome everyone into your home!
What Should You Eat?
Serving food is one of the best tips if you want to sell your home during summer. There are plenty of easy and unique things you can make during a summer open house that will fit into everybody’s taste! If you are having an outdoor party, firing up the grill is a perfect idea! This way, people can feel as if they are hanging out in their own backyard and they may even feel warmed up to the idea that this is the perfect house for them.
If this sounds like too much of a party for you, keep it simple by serving cold drinks and snacks. Nothing fancy, but still refreshing. Keep in mind that you don’t want anything messy that can spill and ruin your house’s carpet. Fresh lemonade together with watermelon salad is a great combination for hot, summer days! Or one of our favorites, caprese on a stick, (just make sure it’s not left out too long.) Stay away from spoilable foods! People getting sick is not what you want, especially in this occasion.
Highlight the Yard!
Even if you just have a small patio, people love being outside. During summer open house you should use the weather and spend some time showing the garden. While the interior shouldn’t be neglected, neither should the yard! It’s amazing what a few flowers can do to brighten up a dull space. If you have a bigger area and don’t have much going on, you might consider getting a few things to really make the yard a place people will want to hang out! Consider a hammock, great seating, or a water feature. If you are in a family orientated area, add something fun the kids will love. (Make sure the sale agreement states if these items will come with the home or not so there is no confusion.)
No matter the time of the year, the best thing that can improve the chances of selling your house is to declutter. People should feel relaxed and not crowded. If potential buyers come by and see bunch of other person’s stuff, they won’t feel like this is THEIR space. And the goal of any open house is to make buyers instantly feel as if they are at home. They shouldn’t waste time looking at your family pictures and paperwork. Think about getting more neutral art pieces.