How to prepare for an open home in 10 simple steps

With property inspections being the first opportunity for potential buyers to get a good look at your home, you will want to take every opportunity to increase your chance of a quick and profitable sale. Follow these tips to show your home off at its best:

1. Tidy the exterior

Create a great first visual impression for potential buyers by making sure the house and yard are clean and tidy.

2. Complete small repairs

Chipped tiles, flaking paint, dripping taps, carpet stains should all be fixed before an open home.

3. Clear the mess

Remove any indication of repair or construction work, or any sign of pets being inside the house.

4. Clean and declutter

Wash the windows, tidy all cupboards, weed the gardens, mow the lawn and empty the bins. Remove clutter from all rooms, and arrange furniture to make rooms appear spacious.

5. Make it smell fresh

Light perfumed candles or use scented plug-ins to make your home smell pleasant.

6. Bring in light

Make sure there is lots of natural light throughout the house. Pull curtains, raise blinds, and let the sun shine in.

7. Get the temperature right

If it’s cold outside, create a welcoming ambience with indoor heating or open fires. If it’s hot, open doors and windows to create airflow. 8. Add life

Show that your home is loved and cared for by adding vases of fresh flowers and bowls of fruit.

9. Secure your valuables

Remove valuable items or put them in a safe location that is out of obvious sight and keep cash, identification and credit cards on your person.

10. Allow full access

Make sure the agent has keys to all additional locked areas that may need to be inspected, such as garden sheds, garage, and granny flat.

To sell your home, you must treat it like a product, and display the property at its absolute best during an inspection. With a bit of thought and effort, you can improve the chances that potential buyers will want to make a follow-up visit, and perhaps sign that all-important contract of sale.

This article was originally published by written by Daniel Butkovich