What should I do to prepare for an open inspection?
Everybody knows first impressions are everything. So when you open up the doors of your home to the public for an open inspection, you'll want to ensure it's looking its absolute best.
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Accentuate its features
Your home might possess many great features - and now is the time to really show them off.
Depending on what the season is, you might want to showcase some features more than others. In winter, light the fireplace or turn on the heating to demonstrate how warm and cosy your home can be.
Alternatively, open up all windows, blinds and doors in warmer months to let cool breezes flow into the home.
Throw out your junk
Open inspections are a time to clear out all of your clutter. Not only will this reduce how much stuff you'll have to take with you when you move, but it will also help to make your house look tidier too.
If you really need to keep all of your possessions, consider hiring some storage space for the short term.
Leave them to it
When people start arriving to look at your home, it's a good idea to pop out for a while. This will leave prospective buyers to feel more relaxed and free to roam your property.
If you have a dog, take this opportunity to go for a walk with it, as this will get both of you out of the house. Make sure you put you pet’s bowls out of sight as well.
Give your home a facelift
Have you had a good, long look at the front of your house? Does it look welcoming and attractive? If the weeds have popped up and there are nasty oil stains on your driveway, you might want to think about giving your home a quick facelift.
The front of your home is the first place a prospective buyer will look, so it pays to make this part clean and tidy. Don't forget to wash all of your windows and pull back the curtains, too!