cityscape app ad 3

Hot Property: With Mary Turnbull

Open homes – Tips to secure a sale

An open home is the biggest gun in your house sale arsenal, and the best way to secure a quick sale at the highest price. When it comes to open homes, it’s a case of the more the merrier – the more you have the more people you are likely to get through, increasing the chances of prospective buyers falling in love and buying your house. I work to a minimum of three open homes a week, usually one on a Wednesday or Thursday and one every Saturday and Sunday for a minimum of 45 minutes, though an hour is best if possible.

Timing, or time of day, is important too – you have to take into account the current season and time your open homes to showcase your house at its brightest and sunniest. Things need to be bright inside too; a good real estate agent will turn on all your lights during a showing and, where necessary, suggest where higher wattage bulbs are needed to brighten darker rooms.

Not surprisingly, presentation is everything. I make it a rule to never show an empty house and will often recommend home staging (including selected art pieces for the walls) that really showcase the house as a spacious, warm and welcoming space. In winter you want it to be toasty warm – if there’s a fire start it in the morning to heat the house and have all heat pumps going with scented candles and diffusers also helping to create a cosy atmosphere and calming house.

The number one rule, however, is: Make it sparkle! There’s no way around this – you are going to have to get down to some serious cleaning (or pay for a professional clean) of every surface inside and tidy the yard to maximise street appeal – achieve these and you’ll be one step closer to seeing the sold sticker out the front of your house!

Newsletter Facebook Instagram

We know, pop ups suck!

But this one could totally save your (social) life!

Rock Christchurch and arm yourself with all the latest news and drops as they happen: follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to our Newsletter of Awesome! It'll hook you up AND get rid of this annoying pop up – now that's a sweet win/win!

Signup here

Age Range