Getting ready for open homes when selling your house
All that marketing has done its thing and potential buyers are literally on your doorstep. And my, what a clean and tidy doorstep it is. Oh, and the planter box of seasonal blooms beside the front door is a nice touch. Come on in, make yourself at home.
If you’re keen to evoke this kind of reaction at your next open home, check out our simple tips to get your home at its buyer-enticing best.
It’s all about personality
Personality type 1 – The extrovert
Overpowering personality can be a huge turn off and unfortunately not all buyers may share your taste in bold décor or life-sized family portraits. Potential buyers won’t be able to visualise themselves in the home with so much ‘you’ obscuring their view.
Personality type 2 – The ho-hum
Does anyone live here? A canvas that’s too blank on the other hand, can mean your home won’t leave a lasting impression and that potential buyers might not be able to see themselves in the house. Or worse, that they’d feel a bit sad here.
Personality type 3 – The chameleon
The ultimate aim is to have your house appeal to the greatest number of buyers through a reasonably neutral backdrop, which thanks to a few little accents doesn’t feel completely sterile. This is a home that feels loved, but is emotionally accessible to the buyer.
Our top five buyer wow-ing tips:
- Quick fix – get those niggling annoyances sorted
- M&M (Modernise and Minimise) – get neutral and clutter free
- Clean freak – scrub until it shines!
- Show home – consider home staging, or do your research and DIY
- First impressions last – you only have a few minutes to wow!
Bonus tip – Enlist a fresh pair of eyes (possibly your agent) and ask them for an honest evaluation of how things look.
Delivering potential buyers to your door when selling your home is a huge marketing success story. Maintaining and wowing potential buyers in the short amount of time they spend at your open home can really cement their decision to progress with their buying journey (or not).
See our full open home checklist in our free eBook "How to get ready to sell your house" .
Find out everything you need to know about getting ready to sell your house and more on our top five tips with our free "How to get ready to sell your house" eBook” – complete with our pre-open home checklist to make things nice and easy.