Best foot for­ward for open home

Mercury (Hobart) - Property - - Front Page - TOM WIL­LIAMS

THEREare some tricks to en­sur­ing you have a suc­cess­ful open house when you de­cide to sell.

The first is to knowwho is com­ing through.

Mid­week in­spec­tions are usu­ally at­tended by a sin­gle per­son tick­ing off the boxes be­fore the week­end blitz.

They’ll check a lot of prop­er­ties out and bring their part­ner back for an­other in­spec­tion at the week­end.

So if you see them for a sec­ond time with part­ner in tow, you know they’re close to be­ing hooked.

Make sure your home is be­ing pre­sented in its best light.

Try to pick the qui­etest time in your street for the open. Avoid the Satur­day peak hours of kids sports if you live close to a ground, or a shop­ping cen­tre which gets re­ally busy af­ter 10am as the park­ing will be tough.

If your neigh­bour’s kid has band prac­tice in the garage at a cer­tain time each week, don’t have any kind of open house around it. Good street ap­peal will al­ways win over the masses. Good sig­nage on the agents part will di­rect the peo­ple in, and it­may even bring in a few passers by­who­just hap­pened to be in the area and were im­pressed with your neigh­bour­hood.

Nat­u­ral light is al­ways go­ing to be some­thing po­ten­tial buy­ers are cu­ri­ous about.

Pick a time when the light is at its best and only show then. Awnings should al­ways be pulled up even if they haven’t been moved in a while.

If they look grubby or torn, pull them down and al­low as­much­light as pos­si­ble to hit the house.

Neigh­bors will al­ways sticky beak, so con­sider hold­ing an open house just for them so the agent can fo­cus on the re­ally in­ter­ested par­ties when they come through.

Pets can be tricky one, some peo­ple love them – some don’t. Take your dog out for the morn­ing dur­ing the open house times. They’ll be more than likely to bark and de­tract from the house if they are tied up.

Store bowls, toys and sleep­ing equip­ment away. If you have a cat, ask a neigh­bour to take care of it for a few hours or take them in a cage. Birds, mice or other ex­otic pets

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