Pre­par­ing for an open home

Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE - By NAOMI FIND­LAY

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.

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