OPENING YOUR HOME

When it’s time to open the door to people, remember that people won’t offer hundreds of thousands of dollars for a property without first walking through it and paying attention to every aspect. An open home can win and lose the interest of suitable buyers. Here’s what you should pay attention to:

By Katie Loader

31-07-2018
ADJUST THE TEMPERATURE
Air out your house. People are turned off by houses that are too hot or too cold so get your temperature just right. They should walk into a cool place if it’s hot outside and a warm one if it’s cold. Set the AC or heater to a comfortable temperature.

WALK THROUGH AS A BUYER
Walk through your home, inspecting it as if you wanted to buy it anew. This will help you to see what clutter you should remove and whether it looks welcoming enough. Pay attention to its best features – you want them to stand out. Ask a trusted friend (with a great sense of style) to walk through with you to suggest any
final improvements.

MAKE IT SPICK AND SPAN
Ideally you’ll have done everything you can to prepare your property correctly (See this in previous blog post titled: "How do I prepare my Property?". This will make cleaning before your open day a lot easier. Remove everyday mess that’s accumulated, such as shoes in the hall, papers on the desk and toys. People are curious and love to poke around, so clean inside the oven and tidy the cupboards and closets. For your own peace of mind, put away any small valuables.

BE FLEXIBLE WITH VIEWING TIMES
Your agent will usually schedule a weekend or weeknight viewing to suit most people’s schedules. However, people can request to see your place at unexpected times. Keep your home tidy and be ready to pop out at short notice. It could be your preferred buyer who you’re accommodating.

USE THE EXCUSE TO TAKE SOME TIME OUT
It’s tempting to hang around to see how the open house goes but it’s better to leave. People will feel more comfortable in the space and talk more honestly to their partners and your agent about their impressions if you aren’t there. Don’t forget to take your pets with you too.

USE THE FEEDBACK
Your agent will talk to you about people’s feedback. This might be face-to-face, through a phone call or a detailed email and report. Use the feedback to create positive impressions for the next open home. Your agent will help you do this, whether it’s by adjusting your price range, changing your marketing tactics or making a few cosmetic changes.

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