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How to prepare for an open home

12 Sep 13

First impressions count in all aspects of life, whether personal or professional.

The same concept applies when you're selling your house - you want to give the best impression to all those potential buyers, and you only get one chance to get it right.

While your real estate agent will do most of the work in accommodating the visitors to your property, there are a few things you can do yourself to make sure your open home isn't a wasted opportunity.

Here are our real estate tips on preparing for a successful open home.

Clean up

It certainly sounds obvious, but many people still neglect the importance of making a house spotless before opening it to the public.

Gather the family together and scrub every inch of the house, paying even more attention to detail than in your routine cleans.

If you really want to play it safe, you could even hire a professional cleaning service the day before the open home.

Open up

There is nothing quite like a steady supply of natural light and fresh air to increase the appeal of your home.

In addition to bringing your interior to life, a home with plenty of light and air will give off positive and healthy vibes to visitors.

Mind the senses

You shouldn't just pay attention to how your house looks - be wary of how it smells as well.

Allowing fresh air into your home will get rid of any unpleasant odours and help create a welcoming environment.

As a bonus, you can even prepare fresh coffee or bake some treats right before the open home to fill your house with some sweet smells!

Be neutral

When someone visits a house they'd potentially buy, they're likely to imagine themselves living in it.

Therefore it is a good idea to take down personal touches such as family photos, illustrations and other memoirs to offer visitors a neutral environment.