Five tips for your open home
It's easy to see your own home through rose-coloured glasses. You obviously loved it enough to move in in the first place and since then you've probably forged plenty of memories that make it all the more special.
The trick is to make the people coming through your residential property see it through your eyes - and those rose coloured glasses!
Give these five tips a try when it comes time to sell your property.
One part of seeing how great your home is is actually being able to see it - so light it up!
Whether it's by making the most of the natural light available to you by pulling back all the curtains and pulling up the blinds, or accentuating areas with additional lamps and brighter bulbs, every little bit will help to show off the interior spaces.
The smell of baking is a famous scent for those looking to sell their home. It brings to mind feelings of home and family time spent together around a bowl of cookie dough.
If baking isn't for you however, there are other ways to make your home smell great!
Try a few bunches of fresh garden flowers around the house, or even just a scent diffuser from your local homewares store. Remember that some people may have allergies so avoid the incense sticks and opt for basic simple floral or lemony aromas.
It's a simple trick that most people overlook - when they should be overseeing.
Dirty windows aren't always visibly dirty, especially when you look at them on a daily basis, but once you attack them with some simple window cleaner and a touch of elbow grease, you'll be surprised at how well they turn out.
Carpets and flooring
Another part of the home that can do with a spruce up before an open home is the carpets.
You don't have to have a professional come in for it either, as most major supermarkets hire out specialised equipment for at home jobs.
Floors have a way of building up dust, stains and smells that barely get noticed over time and are often ignored when it comes to open homes. If these areas are spotless for a potential buyer, they won't forget it in a hurry.
If you're lucky enough to have a green patch out your front door or in the back garden then it's likely that your possible buyers will be interested in that as a major feature of their new home too.
Make sure the lawns are looking their best by watering them in the weeks leading up to the open homes and giving them a trim a day or two beforehand so they're both green and tidy.