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Dos and don'ts of an open house

Thu 09 Jun 2022

Dos and don’ts of an open house

Having an open house day can be a great way to drum up lots of interest in your property. It’s also a convenient way to conduct multiple viewings in one day, which is perfect if you have a busy lifestyle.

But how do you make the most of your open day? Read our guide for some top tips, dos and don’ts.

1. Allow plenty of time to prepare your home

If you’ve already had some viewings, no doubt you’ll have already decluttered and made your property as presentable and attractive as possible, in which case, the only prep you’ll need to do is tidy up on the day and add a few flourishes such as a vase of freshly cut flowers.

If however, you’re new to the selling process and you’re planning to use the open day to launch your property on to the market, you must leave yourself plenty of time to organise your home. As a minimum, you should:

  • Clear your house of all visible clutter. Put your belongings into storage if needs be, and put any toys away. Don’t be tempted to shove everything into a cupboard – your viewers are going to want to check out your home’s storage
  • Sort out those little jobs that you’ve been putting off for months, such as that leaky tap and broken door handle
  • Rid your home of pet hair and any unpleasant pet smells
  • Make sure everything is sparkling clean

All of the above takes time, especially if you’re busy at work during the day, so be sure to start the process a few weeks in advance.

2. Maximise your kerb appeal

Your viewers will form an opinion of your home as soon as they pull up outside. Make the exterior of your home as attractive as possible by:

  • Giving your front door a thorough clean, and even a lick of paint if needs be
  • Mowing the lawn and clearing away any leaves/garden debris
  • Cleaning your front windows
  • Adding an attractive potted plant by your front door
  • Making sure your bins are out of sight

3. On the day

  • Stage your home with a few finishing touches, such as fresh flowers and scented candles. Make sure each room is bright and airy and add light to any dark corners.
  • Add personal touches such as fresh flowers and scented candles. Keep décor neutral and the lights on to ensure there are no awkward or dark corners.
  • If you have pets, arrange for them to be somewhere else on the day – not everyone is a cat or dog lover
  • Have one last sweep of the house to get rid of any mess, dust or clutter
  • Remember to relax, smile and be friendly. When your viewers arrive, offer them a drink, help them find their way around your home and answer any questions they may have. Don’t be tempted to overdo it though - following them around, peering over their shoulder and talking incessantly are all big no-nos! Allow your viewers the space and time to explore and form their own impressions.

If you’re thinking of moving in 2022, come and talk to Bothams.