We all know the importance of first impressions, so how your home looks, feels and even smells is crucial when it comes to open homes. Here are some simple and quick tasks you can do around the house before potential buyers arrive that can help your home shine.
Turn on heaters or light a fire if it’s a cold day so people experience your home as a warm and cosy space, and can also easily assess the heating option.
Neutralise odours of family pets, last night’s dinner or damp shoes by burning a scented candle, vacuuming thoroughly, or spraying an air freshener so potential buyers aren’t put off by unpleasant smells.
Clean kitchen and bathroom surfaces to show these key areas of your home at their best.
Carry out a quick check for small repairs needed such as blown light bulbs, a dripping tap or a squeaky door, and fix them if you can. All of these things can distract from your home’s appeal on a first viewing.
Mow lawns so people aren’t distracted by an untidy looking backyard, and so it’s easy to inspect outdoor areas and boundaries.
Trim and weed gardens to ensure they are tidy and will make a good first impression on buyers.
Open gates and unlock doors so people can move easily around your property.
Source: Harcourts NZ