Preparing for an open home
THE finishing touches for an open house inspection can make all the difference to how potential buyers view the property, so make sure you tie up all the loose ends. Tips to get your open house right
Think of the open house as a first date with your prospective buyer; you only get one chance to make a lasting impression.
While it’s common knowledge to de-clutter and clean every nook and cranny in the house, what is the key to making your home stand out so that it has the best chance to sell for a great price and quickly? Well presented suggests well maintained
It’s important to remember that a well-presented home gives buyers the impression that the property is well maintained and suggests to them that the chances of encountering hidden problems post-sale are minimal. You are permanently on show
Although you won’t be letting people into your home all day, every day, there is a good chance you will have people driving by to look at the home and assessing the street appeal from the minute the property hits the market.
In some cases, this is a way properties are short-listed.
If a potential home buyer likes photos of your home, they might go ahead and do some research on the street appeal and what other houses in the street are like before they attend an inspection. Present from day one
You always have a chance to make an impression so here are some “housekeeping habits” to maximise your chances of drive-by buyers wanting to see more:
Make sure your front gardens and lawns are well kept and maintained.
Remove all junk mail and newspapers from the letterbox and yard as they arrive. Park the cars in the garage, if possible. Avoid having rubbish out for collection on the kerbside.
Each night before sunset, turn on all outdoor lights. Set a welcoming mood
You might not know what the potential home buyer is thinking, but you can do your best by making them feel positive and by creating a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere in your home.
Open all windows at least an hour before an inspection to chase away any smells.
Try placing a cinnamon stick in a cup of water in the microwave for two minutes, or try plugins, candles and oils to add a subtle fragrance in your house – subtle, not overpowering.
To add to the mood you could play some non-offensive music in the background, keeping in mind that everyone has different tastes.
Remember to adjust room temperature, making sure it is comfortable for visitors walking in and out of the house Accessorise
Spruce up cushion covers, put your newest towels in the bathroom, and clear your paperwork off your desk.