Opening up your home is a key part of showing your property off to multiple potential buyers.
As your first Open Home approaches the thought of multiple potential buyers coming through to 'inspect' your home may feel a little daunting! Not to worry, we can help with practical advice to make sure it runs smoothly. Our agents have run thousands of Open Homes, which means they know how to make sure your open home is stress-free and stands out from the rest of the market.
Here's a few of their simple tips and tricks that you can use to ensure your Open Home is a positive and stress-free experience.
1. DeCLUTTER AND CREATE SPACE
De-clutter and create space from the letterbox to the loo. Box up excess items and store neatly in the garage or off-site at a friends."
2. THINK EXTERIOR AS WELL AS INTERIOR
"Good exterior presentation of your home will give that great 'first impression' to the prospective buyer. The last thing you want is for a buyer to pull up outside your Open Home and then simply drive away again as the exterior does not appeal to them."
3. What's that smell?
"Every home has a scent. Although the first impression is usually through the internet nowadays smell still has an instant impact when entering a home.
Think about what it might smell like to someone who isn’t used to the scent of your home. Does it smell like smoke? Or musky? Or maybe it smells like your fury family member! Buyers always link to their senses so even if your home is spotless, if it smells people will think it’s dirty. Being aware of this is important, so consider using an air freshener or opening up some windows beforehand to air everything out."
4. Timing is everything
"Time your Open Home for the quietest time of the neighbourhood (if possible) and also to enhance any sunshine the house receives, this will help ensure your home is as well lit as possible while people are visiting. Your property consultant should work with you to recommend the best timing to showcase your home in the best light.
5. TALK TO YOUR AGENT ABOUT THEIR STRATEGY
"If you’re working with an agent then check what their policy is about accepting early offers before an Open Home. Accepting an offer before potential buyers have been through your home could end up costing you thousands in the long run! You want to work with an agent who knows how to use that first Open Home to create a competitive situation with multiple offers on your property."
By using these five simple tips you'll be on your way to showing your home off in the best possible light.
Of course in today's market not everyone will be able to make it to your Open Home. To reach the widest possible amount of buyers you need to consider those that are out of town, or even out of the country! At Watson's we have an innovative way to achieving this. For every property we sell we develop (for free) an amazing 3D virtual tour of your home, that viewers can 'walk-through' at any time. Chat to us today about going 3D, or view an example tour here.
Ready for more?
If you'd like some free no-obligation advice on how to best present your property then contact one of our team. We can help you with free advice on the best way to present your home to achieve the results you want.
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