You only get one chance to leave a good first impression on potential buyers, so it is important to finalise those finishing touches before they enter your home. Your open for inspections are your opportunity to show off all the positive aspects of your property. Don’t let anything get in the way, follow this guide to ensure you cover all the basics to wow prospective buyers.
This may be an obvious one, but you MUST ensure that you have cleaned every corner and crevice of your property. Go through every room and clean anything visible. Clean the windows and ensure there is maximal light gleaming through. Dust all surfaces and cob webs, vacuum the floors and wipe down everything. Even clean behind closed doors, ensure items are stacked neatly in cupboards as they will open the doors. Remove any clutter that my make a room look too busy.
- Remove proof of pets
It is important to ensure your property appeals to as many different types of people as possible. Not everyone is a pet-lover, therefore if you do share your home with your pet, it is a good idea to rid all of the evidence. Deodorise to get rid of the smell of your animals (you may not notice it, but other people will). Make sure there are no traces of animal fur lying around and store away food bowls, toys and beds. Finally, you’ll need to find alternative accommodation for your furry friends during the open for inspection times.
- Aromas and scents
Following on from the previous point, fill your home with a welcoming and enjoyable scent. Add inviting smells with the use of air deodorisers, candles, flowers or even freshly baked goods. Avoid very strong scents, such as incense or heavily scented foods.
Maximise the lighting of your home in every way possible. Open all curtains/drapes to achieve as much natural light as possible. Clean all your windows until they’re sparkling, as dust can reduce the amount of light coming through. A light filled home will be welcoming and inviting for possible buyers.
- Furniture arrangement
The layout of your home can have a large impact on the perception of size. Arrange your furniture to make the room appear larger and remove unnecessary items. Use mirrors throughout your home as décor, as they also assist in making your home appear more spacious.
These days you can never be too safe. Lock away any valuables that you may have visible, as not everyone will be in clear vision. Hiding them in drawers or towards the back of cupboards may be sufficient, but for those really valuable items, remove them from the house completely.
- Make yourself scarce
On the inspection day, you and your family should leave the house open for people to look through with the agent. Buyers won’t be honest with the agent about the property if they know the owners are nearby. Go out for the day and leave it up to the agent.
Just by implementing some of these simple steps, you can ensure a smooth and successful open for inspection.
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