We all know the importance of a good first impression. How your home looks, feels and even smells is crucial when it comes to open homes, particularly on a grey Southland day. Here are some simple and quick tasks you can do around the house before potential buyers arrive that can help your home shine.
- De-clutter by putting away kids’ toys, bathroom toiletries, garden tools and anything else that can easily be removed so buyers can assess the house rather than your personal effects.
- Open blinds and curtains to let in natural light and warmth and turn on lights in rooms if they don’t have the benefit of sunlight, as this makes spaces feel larger.
- Take out the rubbish so guests aren’t faced with a full bin (or the smell of one!) as they check out the kitchen or laundry.
- Open windows and doors the morning of this freshens the air and reduces any smells – particularly in Winter. Make sure you have time to warm the place back up if it’s a chilly day. If frosty morning, wipe away any condensation.
- 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 options.
- 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. (Don’t overdo it)
- 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 lightbulbs, a dripping tap or a squeaky door, and fix them if you can. All these things can distract from your home’s appeal on a first viewing.
- Mow lawns so people aren’t distracted by an untidy looking yard, 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.
- Remove any valuables, your belongings and security is of paramount importance to us. However, the best way to protect your items is to not have them easily accessible. Whether that means removing them or putting them far out of sight.
- Remove signs of pets. You love your animal; we love your animal, but a lot of people don’t love animals or are scared of them. Again, you want them focussing on your property not on your pets.
Speak to your salesperson for more tips specific to your property.