Open House


One of the best ways for the nonprofit to promote the house raffle is through Open Houses. People love to see the prize home, walk in every room, and get all their questions answered in person. Plus, this is a great place to sell the raffle tickets. I encourage you to do as many open houses as possible. And the Open House sign is your best tool. Place over 40 of those signs throughout the surrounding area of the prize home.

My signs read “3 Bd. House only $100” and the address. Then I attach a red open house sign at the top, and a red inflated balloon above that. This sign will be tall with great visibility. It’s true that people will not know if you’re selling the house for $100, or renting it for $100, or if $100 is the down-payment to buy, or they might think that the house is for sale for $100,000.00–even though $100,000.00 is not on your sign.  But the main thing is that after seeing sign after sign, they will come to the prize home to find out what you are doing. There you can explain the whole thing–you cannot put all of the information on a sign that people are trying to read from a moving vehicle.

The prize home will need to be set-up for this event, and the nonprofit will need volunteers to man the ticket sale table, but it’s well worth it. For detailed information on how to set-up an open house review Step 12 in I Sold My House in a Raffle .

To your success!
Diane Giraudo-McDermott


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