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A handy checklist for last-minute open home preparation

30-Jun-2017 11:00:00


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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  • 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 lightbulbs, 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.

Topics: Selling, Open Homes