Frequently Asked Questions By Prospective Homeowners - 2011 Home & Garden Tour
If my house is selected, how much time will I be committing to the tour?
If you choose to participate in both the day and night tour, expect to spend:
- 2 hours on meetings regarding BungalowFest
- 3 hours for the night tour and 5 hours for the day tour
- 2 hours on the post-tour if you would like to see the other BungalowFest homes
What do I need to do to my house to get it ready to show?
Other than your normal cleaning and lawn maintenance, we suggest that you:
- decide on a route that people can take through your home and if possible have a separate entry and
- close or rope off rooms that you don’t want visitors to enter
- ask someone to help greet people at the door and take them through the house
- lock up any valuables (although we have never had any problems)
- add flowers or candles to the counter or table and play soft background music
Is there anything special I need to do the day of the tour?
Someone will drop off your home sign and balloons the day of the tour. Also, you’ll want to check for
armbands on visitors that prove they’ve purchased tickets. And last, but not least, be prepared for LOTS of
questions about your home and things you’ve done to it.
Am I supposed to provide refreshments?
For the night tour, refreshments will be provided by sponsors. For the day tour, if you would like to offer
food and beverage, that is completely up to you. It is not required at all.
What if people ask to use the restroom?
There will be portolets along the route and in the park. It is completely up to you whether or not to let
visitors use your restrooms.
I have dogs/kids. What should I do with them?
If it is at all possible, you may want to have pets and small children stay with a neighbor or friend as people
will be in and out all day.
I’d be interested in the night tour, but not the day tour (or vice versa). Is that okay?
It should be fine. For the both tours, however, we try to cluster homes together. So, if your home is not near
another home on the tour, we might not be able to add you to the tour this year. Of course, you could work
on getting your neighbors to show their homes, too!