Buying

Presenting your home for an open house

realestateVIEW.com.au have partnered with REMAX Central, a top real estate agency in Perth, to bring you the best tips for preparing your house for an open inspection.  An open house is your home’s chance to make a first impression on potential buyers, and with fierce competition in the property market, you should do everything in your power to make sure it’s a good and lasting one. Prepare your house for the market by getting it in tip top shape with these simple tips.

Clean it


A clean home appears much better cared for than a dusty and dirty one. One of the simplest and cheapest ways to get your home inspection-ready is by giving it a thorough clean from top to bottom, and inside and out.  Do all the basics like vacuuming, washing and dusting, but don’t forget to also clean the cupboards, shelves and the oven as potential buyers may take a peek inside.  A well maintained and clean home shows the owners care about the house.

Tidy up and de-clutter


Messiness, clutter and personal items such as photos, clothing and knick knacks can be distracting to prospective buyers visiting your home. Show off your rooms better by clearing your house of clutter and keeping things simple, such as fresh towels in the bathroom (think of how hotel room bathrooms are presented) and perfectly made beds.  This makes it easier for the buyers to imagine their own possessions in the house, and how they would make it their own.

Prepare the garden


The garden, and your home’s exterior will be the first thing buyers see. Because of this, make sure it’s appealing by tidying it up, clearing weed, mowing the lawn and getting rid of any objects that may be lying around. For added beauty consider planting flowers or placing pot plants around the entrance of the home.  A good first impression and ‘kerb appeal’ is vital to ensure prospective buyers come in and take a look.

Fix it


A property that is well-cared for is more desirable. It also has a higher value than one that requires a lot of maintenance and repairs. Prepare for your open house by sorting out maintenance issues. Fix leaking taps, broken windows and cracked tiles. Also replace light bulbs and fix switches and fixtures that are faulty. Consider adding a fresh coat of paint to your walls in a neutral and subtle colour like beige or light grey. You may also wish to consider fixing any appliances that don’t work as potential buyers may check ovens, hot water systems and garage doors. Spending a small amount on these minor repairs can pay off by increasing your likelihood of a quick sale.

Let in good light


Light can do wonders to make a home appear larger and more inviting. Create a bright atmosphere in your home by opening up windows, curtains and blinds. Natural light makes your home feel friendly and warm. This allows potential buyers to feel comfortable as soon as they walk through the door. If your home doesn’t have a lot of natural light, consider warm toned light bulbs or downlights which can give the appearance of a brighter and more open home.

Freshen up


Make sure your home smells good on the day. First get rid of any unpleasant smells from food, pets or dirty shoes.  Create a fresh and inviting scent by burning scented candles or adding diffusers in your home. Smell is often overlooked by the home owners as they may be used to the usual house smells. Try opening doors and windows prior to the inspection to freshen up the rooms. You could also ask a trusted visitor to give you an honest opinion of your house smell.

Add a touch of detail


Not everyone’s tastes are the same and the safest option is to keep the décor of your home as neutral as possible, but this doesn’t mean it has to be impersonal. Create a friendly atmosphere by adding vases with flowers and add mirrors to fill up blank spaces on the walls. A well place mirror can also make a rooms appear larger and more spacious.

Open inspections shouldn’t be a stressful time, preparation is key. With these useful tips, you will be well on your way to a quick and easy sale.

Author: Bruce Reynolds is the founder of Crush, one of Perth’s most established and successful marketing companies that has provided extensive real estate marketing services for over 18 years. As a Director of RE/MAX Central, Bruce Reynolds brings his marketing and business building expertise to the real estate table to add value for both the buyer and the seller. Bruce’s main strength is being able to cut to the chase and find the best solution for his clients. He uses his experience in business to help clientele realise objectives or create opportunities.