You only get one chance at a good first impression and making a good impression on buyers at an open home can get you top dollar for your home. If you want your property to sell fast and for top dollar then it needs to stand out from the competition and an open home is your time to let your home shine.
Set your property up for success with these simple tips.
Control your temperature
Keep an eye on the weather and keep buyers happy and comfortable during open homes by heating or cooling your home, so it’s optimal when potential buyers walk through. It’s important to make sure your potential buyers are comfortable and will associate your home with that feeling of positivity and comfort. It will also help to encourage buyers to stay longer and give them more time to go over every detail.
Lighten up your home
Use light to create a sense of space, a warm glow of light can make a house seem cozy and inviting and helps avoid a dull environment. Open up all curtains, drapes and blinds to let in natural lighting as possible and to show off your house from the street.
Make it shine
One of the most effective ways to make your home shine is to clean, clean, and clean again. The house should be sparkling from top to bottom, make sure your entire property is neat and tidy before any potential buyers arrive, including outdoor areas and gardens. Although it may be a big job every little thing is worth it and makes your home sparkle.
Buyers need to actually be able to see your home, not your clutter. If your home has too many pieces of furniture and knick-knacks, it can be difficult for a potential buyer to see your homes best features. Bulky furniture, toys, personal items and general clutter can get in the way of a buyer’s vision for that house. Make sure to remove any unnecessary clutter from the home and put them away into storage, this will also make your home look bigger and create a better atmosphere for the potential buyers.
Hide that smell
It doesn’t matter what else you do, if a house stinks it’s going to put off any potential buyers at an open home. If your house is going to make anyone walk around with a wrinkled nose puzzling over an odd smell, then you need to do something about it. A couple hours before the open home, open up windows and doors to try and get as much fresh air into the home as possible. If the smell is still lingering around try spraying some air freshener around or using some essential oils. Baking some cookies on the day of inspection will mask the smell and make the home seem more comforting and inviting, as well as giving you something to snack on while you go over all the offers on your home that afternoon.
Repair obvious problems
If something needs repairing in your home, fix it! Even if you have decided against carrying out a major makeover to your home, you can still ensure that it’s free of any unsightly, obvious problems. Consider tackling as many of these problems early as some potential buyers may not be able to look past imperfections such as broken tiles or chipped paint. Spending at least a few days carrying out some basic repair jobs can make a huge difference at an open home and will cost you very little in comparison to how much it can make you when it comes to potential offers.
Add some personality
Whether it’s a bowl of colourful or a well-placed cookbook or magazine, adding a personal touch creates a personality for the home and makes it look less staged or artificial, and can create an emotional connection with a potential buyer.
Do a disappearing act
During an open home you, your family and any family pets you have should make yourselves scarce. If an agent is organizing the open home, then the sellers should not be present. Have all your items ready so you are able to leave quickly before any buyer’s turn up and give the house another quick pass on the way out, clearing away any new messes or left out objects. Use the open home as an excuse to visit some friends, help to a café for some quiet time, or do the weekly family shopping.