Tips for a successful open inspection
Before looking into the property market and securing a new home loan for your real estate goals, it's important that you take care of your current living situation and begin trying to sell your house. After all, getting stuck with two mortgages isn't a great position to be in and chances are once you move homes you won't return to your old accommodation.
The main thing to remember when trying to sell your home is that impressions are everything. Open inspections are your opportunity to really sell your property to potential buyers. Therefore, fully embracing these chances is an important thing to commit to. Here are some tips to help you make your open inspection as successful as possible.
Do a thorough clean
This might comes across as an obvious thing to do before having people inspect your home, but take this opportunity to clean literally everything. Presenting the best side of your home to people interested in buying it means they'll probably be extra thorough when looking through the place - after all, buying a home is a huge investment for them too.
Therefore, now is the time to hire out industry strength vacuum cleaners, water blasters and grout cleaners, and really go to town on cleaning your home. Give yourself and your home the best chance at selling by scrubbing, polishing, wiping and disinfecting every last surface.
This extends to outdoors as well. Cleaning the outside of your home may seem like a drag, but it will be worth it when you have buyers coming in thoroughly impressed by your home and to make an offer. The sooner this happens, the sooner you can move into your own new place.
Hide personal effects
An interesting tidbit of information to help people sell their homes is to minimise the amount of personal things seen around the house, in order to facilitate potential buyers' own imaginations. This makes it easier for them to envision their own belongings in the space, which is a great aid for helping bring people around to the idea of putting down an offer.
Moving things like family portraits and degrees from living room walls can provide the real estate equivalent of a blank canvas, allowing potential buyers to project their own sense of style and belonging into the space.
Make the space inviting
If you're holding an open home in the middle of winter, why not light the fireplace and create a nice atmosphere for your potential buyers to walk into? By showing off the diverse range of features your home has and exactly how well they work, you'll be more likely to secure a sale in the long term.
This works well in summer as well. Demonstrate your home's indoor-outdoor flow by throwing open the slding or bi-fold doors and showing off your entertainment areas. This also works well for open plan spaces, which can be demonstrated by having some nice music playing that travels throughout the house.
Prove your integrity
Finally, one thing that buyers love to see is initiative. For example, having an independent inspection of your property done before big day and having the results available for review not only saves the potential buyer the hassle of organising one, but it also highlights your own integrity. Being up front and showing that you have nothing to hide about the house can earn you some serious kudos with buyers.
Be forthcoming with answers if they ask you questions and respond genuinely. People are there because they're interested in the house, so don't be too forceful with selling it - simply present to them and inform them when necessary.
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