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How to Prepare For an Open Inspection

19 Jul 2016 Surfers Paradise 0 Comment


The finishing touches for an open house inspection can make all the difference to how potential buyers view the property, so make sure you tie up all the loose ends.

Tips to get your open house right

Think of the open house as a first date with your prospective buyer; you only get one chance to make a lasting impression.

While it’s common knowledge to de-clutter and clean every nook and cranny in the house, what is the key to making your home stand out so that it has the best chance to sell for a great price and quickly?

Well presented suggests well maintained

It’s important to remember that a well-presented home gives buyers the impression that the property is well maintained and suggests to them that the chances of encountering hidden problems post-sale are minimal.

You are permanently on show

Although you won’t be letting people into your home all day, every day, there is a good chance you will have people driving by to look at the home and assessing the street appeal from the minute the property hits the market.

In some cases, this is a way properties are shortlisted.

If a potential home buyer likes photos of your home, they might go ahead and do some research on the street appeal and what other houses in the street are like before they attend an inspection.

Present from day 1

You always have a chance to make an impression before the buyer contacts an agent, so here are some “housekeeping habits” to get into in order to maximise your chances of drive-by buyers wanting to see more:

Each night before sunset, turn on all outdoor lights.

Set a welcoming mood

You might not know what the potential home buyer is thinking, but you can do your best by making them feel positive and by creating a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere in your home.

A great way to set the mood is to think about the senses and what the prospective buyer will experience when inspecting your home.

For instance:


Whether you already accessorise or not, it’s the little things that help create a great impression.

For example, spruce up cushion covers, put your newest towels in the bathroom, or even buy some new towels from a cheap high street store, and clear your paperwork off your desk (no matter how neat it is).

These few things go a long way in creating a large but lasting impact of the house and its owners.

Other tips and ideas

  1. Straighten and align photographs and art on walls.
  2. Turn off all electronic devices, such as computers and televisions.
  3. Leave toilet seats down.
  4. Leave all internal lights and lamps on during inspection.

A home that is a fresh, cared-for, low-maintenance property is a something most people are very attracted to, so the day your home goes to market should be the best it’s ever looked.

Inspection time is the moment to make your home shine and stand out from the competition and where you aim to gain the maximum price in the shortest time period.


Article source: http://www.realestate.com.au/advice/selling/prepare-house-open-inspection/

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