Do you like piña coladas?
Do you like getting caught in the rain?
“Not on open house days!”
Although rainy days are not generally what you’d look forward to on the day of your house showing, it’s time to change your thinking!
Showing your home on a gloomy day can actually benefit you in two ways. The first being that it gives you a chance to create an appeal and provide a comfort level in your home that may not have been present before. The second benefit is that your potential buyers immediately become segmented into two categories: “I’m here and ready to buy,” or “I’m not coming and I’m probably not all that interested.”
So, when it comes to your open house day, don’t cancel. Just pivot!
Prepare for rain.
Clean out the gutters and avoid the look of flooding or clogged storm drains. The last thing potential buyers want to see when pulling into your driveway are puddles of water surrounding your house.
Make your home warm and bright.
Turn the front lights on! Show that you are inviting them into a bright and happy atmosphere before they even get out of their cars.
Making your home bright and cheery can also translate to the inside of your home, so next, focus on the appeal. Try making your home feel a bit cozier with blankets and comfortable seating.
Lastly, show your appreciation for the potential buyers; hand out some warm tea or coffee to put your prospects in a happy, house-hunting mood. Add a sign for a personal touch labeled “we know it’s a rainy day out. We want to thank you for coming!”
Add a welcome mat for buyers to wipe their feet.
Make sure you have a mat on the inside and the outside of your front door, so that you give your buyers two chances to wipe their feet. Make a cute sign with the words “please wipe your feet. It’s muddy out there!”
If you want to go above and beyond on rain and mud protection, place a basket full of plastic rain booties, commonly seen with HVAC workers, at the front door to encourage prospects to slip a cover over their shoes upon entering.
Think about the positives.
Rainy days are the one of best days for an open house! If you think about it, more people are willing to CANCEL on a beautiful day than they are on a gloomy day. Families especially would be more likely to go to a park or spend time outdoors on a good-weather day, rather than spend time inside looking at homes.
Plus, if they’re showing up, they mean business. These buyers are ready to buy and are serious about finding their dream home. Don’t let them miss the opportunity to make your current home their next home.