First impressions count, and when you are hosting your first open home, it can feel a little like speed dating on a TV reality show, with a big cash bonanza if you win.
It goes without saying that before your first open home, you will have cleaned your house to within an inch of its life, including decluttering, mopping, vacuuming, mowing, and sweeping pathways.
Don’t forget to clean the oven and clean out cupboards as well. But come Open Day, there’s a few other hints and tips you can employ to get buyers to fall in love with your place and want to make it their own:
- Let the sun shine in
Open doors and windows, and curtains and maximise the light. Buyers love light and space and interestingly light gives the impression of more space, so show off every nook and cranny of your place. In the case of rainy or cold weather, keep the windows shut and rooms at a warm comfortable temperature to show off your home’s brightness and comfort no matter what the outside conditions.
- Get rid of the pong
If you have pet, smoke, food or damp smells in your home, ensure it is well ventilated and aired out before you open it for the world to sniff. Just as you might pop a breath mint on a date, your home can benefit from peppermint based oils to neutralise odours and smell super clean. Vanilla is another scent which is not overpowering and universally considered pleasant and non offensive. And just like an overpowering perfume on a first date, avoid overt floral smells or too many scented candles which can make people feel a bit ill.
- Fresh ironed neutral linen on all beds
What’s not to like about clean sheets? Freshly laundered and ironed sheets look great and smell amazing (sorry, we know ironing sheets is a chore, but it is much nicer on the eye). Try to avoid heavily patterned sheets or even Disney characters in the kids’ rooms, as neutral is much more appealing.
- Dog Gone It
While dog may be your best friend, many people are not enamoured, so try and get a neighbour or friend to take Rover for a walk while you host your open home. Make sure you check the yard for any nasty surprises from the dog too - the last thing you want is for a buyer to traipse that smell through your lovely peppermint scented sanctuary. And it wont leave a lingering fond memory with any potential buyers either. If you have cats, be sure to remove their litter tray as well.
- The Sound of Music
When you walk into a store, the background music creates a mood and instinctively you know what the shop sells and to whom. While not advocating anything too loud, gentle background music at your open home can create a relaxing vibe. Avoid Metal, Rock or Opera and consider instrumental or mellow acoustic vocals.