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Holding an Open House in Inclement Weather

by Mary G Johnson 02/07/2021

Photo by Erik Witsoe on Unsplash

When placing your home on the market you’ll likely need to plan to hold an open house or two. If there's a chance of bad weather during a scheduled open house, you might question moving ahead with the event.

Before you cancel, here are a few things to consider:

  • Serious buyers venture out in all types of weather, so those who show are less likely to be simply curious lookers.

  • Buyers can experience that your home stays cozy and warm even in poor weather.

  • Your roof’s secure structure will shine through.

  • Canceling may signal to buyers that windows, the roof, or the basement areas leak and that your exterior drainage needs work.

  • Canceling at the last minute might make folks think twice about returning if they made the initial effort to attend.

How should you compensate for bad weather?

Make the experience pleasant:

  • Turn on every light. Make your home as bright as possible. You want potential buyers to see your home as warm and inviting.

  • Open the curtains, shutters, and blinds.

  • Check that gutters are clear of debris. Be sure water flows freely from gutters into your downspouts and that it diverts away from walkways.

  • Provide outside and inside doormats and set a stack of towels near the entryways in case anyone needs to dry off.

  • Set an umbrella stand near the door so that wet umbrellas stay in one spot.

  • Odors may appear stronger on wet days, consider moving pet beds and similar items to the garage. Use a lightly-scented fabric refreshing spray to eliminate odors in furniture, carpets, or drapes.

  • Provide warm beverages and to-go cups for your guests.

If you question holding an open house during inclement weather, consult your local real estate professional. They know your market, and they know the sorts of buyers that will come — rain or shine — to find their new home.

About the Author
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Mary G Johnson

"As a full-time realtor, along with my team at Residential Realty NW, I bring a full range of knowledge and experience, so that I can be both a trusted resource for both buyers and sellers of Portland properties. My professional success comes from my belief in working hard, being consistent with follow-through, knowledge and excitement about the industry, and building a strong honest relationship with the clients I represent. My skills in the art of marketing, vision, and negotiations will guide us through every transaction".

Sincerely,

Mary G Johnson   

Experience: 

Residential Real Estate Broker, SRES, PMAR Master's Circle, licensed in Oregon & Washington  

In-home Design Consultant, Calico Corners, Portland, OR

Merchandise Floor Design/Stage, Wight's Home and Garden, Seattle, WA  

Owner MGJ Media/Advertising, Boise, ID  

Professional Associations:

National Association of Realtors

Portland Metro Association of Realtors Masters Circle

Member Senior Real Estate Specialist

Regional Multiple Listing Services

Oregon Association of Realtors

5 Star Professional Award