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Tips for Preparing Your Home for Open Inspections

By Sam Kopuz

When you’re selling real estate, it’s likely your agent will ask your permission to host open inspections. This is a great tool to use in order to allow potential buyers to have a look at your home and see if it’s a great fit.

If you’re planning on hosting open inspections for your house for sale, here are some tips to keep in mind.

De-clutter and de-personalise

Take some time to reduce the amount of clutter in each room in your home. Not only can this help your property look cleaner and tidier, but removing clutter can also make rooms appear bigger.

Alternatively, you could remove bulkier furniture to provide room for prospective purchasers to move around your home.

When buyers go to view a property, many of them try to envision what their lives will be like in your home. You can make this process a lot easier for them by de-personalising your home. This can be done by taking down family portraits, certificates and framed photographs.

Take away pets

While everyone can enjoy animals, having them at your property during an open inspection can be a little troublesome – most namely dogs.

Prospective buyers might have allergies, or perhaps the pet might make a mess during the inspection!

To remove the risk of this, perhaps take the dog for a walk during the open inspection, or lock the cat outside for a couple of hours.

Be flexible with times

If your home is seeing a substantial amount of traffic then you may want to consider allowing a few open inspections each week. Weekends are an extremely popular option for buyers to look through a home, but not everyone has the ability to attend.

So, to make sure you’re getting the maximum amount of foot traffic in your home as possible, be lenient with viewing times and give your agent at least four slots that could be used for open inspections per week.

Let in the light

A couple of hours before the open inspection begins, it’s a good idea to open up all of the doors, windows and curtains in your home. This will allow a good flow of air through the property and will reduce odours and dust that have built up.

If you’re more than a little worried about odours in your home, consider purchasing scented room diffusers or pot pourri to reduce the smell.


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