How to Make Sure Your Open House is Well-Attended

Corey Hays


Hosting an open house is one of the most crucial steps in selling your Ballard home. It is the chance for potential buyers to view the property, walk around, and ask any questions they may have. But simply announcing an open house isn't enough. If you want your open house to attract plenty of foot traffic and interest, you need a plan and strategic steps to make it successful.

In this article, we'll take you through the essential steps to host a successful open house. We'll also provide tips on how to make your property stand out from the competition and create a welcoming atmosphere for visitors. Whether you are selling your home for the first time or are well-versed in the selling process, these tips can help you maximize the potential of your open house for your Seattle real estate.

Preparing for success

Before you can host a successful open house, you need to get the property ready to make waves on the Ballard real estate scene.

Home staging

An essential component of making your home look truly amazing is staging your home to create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. You can stage your home by selecting and arranging furniture and decor to highlight its best features.

You should aim for a neutral color palette when staging and remove anything that could distract potential buyers. Keep your space clutter-free and spacious by decluttering and removing personal memorabilia and photographs. Also, consider adding fresh flowers or other decorative elements that can also make your home feel more inviting.

If you're not confident in your ability to stage your home, consider hiring a professional stager to get the job done. A professional stager can help you create a space that's both visually appealing and functional, maximizing your home's potential and attracting more potential buyers.

An eye-catching listing

A high-quality home listing should not only provide basic information about your property but also focus on its unique features and showcase the space in the best possible light.

Professional photography and videography are popular ways to create a compelling listing. Potential buyers will be more likely to consider your home if you take high-quality photos that highlight its best features and compelling architectural design. A video can also provide buyers with an additional perspective on how the home flows from room to room. Also, make sure to include a detailed description of your property, describing any upgrades or renovations and the neighborhood's amenities.

Advertise effectively

Now that your Fremont home is in tip-top shape and the listing is prepared, it's time to get the word out. Advertising is crucial to ensure that potential buyers know about your open house and make time to attend it. Here are some effective ways to advertise your open house:

  • Use social media to post about your open house and ask your friends and family to share it. You can also join local community groups and post there.

  • Print flyers with details about your open house and distribute them in the neighborhood or at local businesses.

  • Use online listing sites to reach a wider audience.
In addition, incentivize potential buyers to attend your open house. Consider offering some perks, such as a cocktail hour, refreshments, or a small gift for attendees.

Of course, your real estate agent is well-versed in tried-and-true marketing strategies and will be ready with an advertising plan that’s sure to get results.

Avoid common mistakes

To ensure that your open house is a success, it's essential to avoid some common mistakes that can turn potential buyers off.

  • Sellers should be absent during the open house: Potential buyers may feel uncomfortable asking questions or exploring the space if the homeowner is present. Instead, your Magnolia real estate agent will host the open house and professionally represent you.

  • Don't forget about curb appeal: The exterior is the first aspect of your home that potential buyers will see, so make sure that it looks just as good as the inside. Power wash the driveway, clean the windows, sweep off the patio, and trim all trees and hedges.

  • Don't overdo the decor: While staging is important, it's essential not to overdo it. Potential buyers may feel overwhelmed or distracted by too much decor, so aim for a simple and neutral look. You want each space to feel as open and functional as possible.

  • Get the timing right: The time and date of your open house can have a significant impact on attendance. Consider scheduling it on a weekend or during the evening when most people are available, and make sure there aren't any major local events that could compete with your open house.

Extra tips and virtual open houses

Consider providing informational packets at your open house to help potential buyers learn more about your property while they walk through it. A brochure with photos and descriptions of your home, as well as information about the neighborhood, nearby schools, and local amenities, can be included.

To expand your reach beyond in-person attendance, consider hosting a virtual open house. This is particularly useful for attracting potential buyers who may live out of town and cannot attend in person. With video conferencing software, you can give a virtual tour of your home and answer questions attendees may have. Don't miss out on the opportunity to showcase your home to a broader audience with a virtual open house.

Selling Seattle Real Estate?

The selling journey can be quite daunting, especially if you're not familiar with the Seattle real estate market. That’s where your expert agent comes in — Corey Hays and Dawn Bourdo of the Mr. Magnolia Team bring to the table more than 20 years of experience in buying and selling Ballard homes, as well as home in the surrounding areas. By partnering up with them, you can expect unparalleled customer service and dedication, top-tier market insight, professionalism, and a commitment to achieving your goals. Reach out to the exceptional brokers at the Mr. Magnolia Team when you’re ready to find success and sell without all the stress.

*Header photo courtesy of Unsplash


Dawn and Corey have worked in the best interest of their clients, the same way they would want to be treated. They live in Magnolia. They know the neighborhood. They call it home. Use that neighborhood expertise to help you achieve your real estate dreams.

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