Open For Inspection Tips

Open For InspectionOpen-houses are a great opportunity to showcase the character and details of your home. However, the definition of “character” may vary from person to person.

  • It’s not just what’s on the inside that counts: When potential buyers arrive, the first thing they will notice is the home’s exterior features. A well-manicured lawn and garden are important, but small fixes like touching up the paint on old shutters and replacing that outdated doorknob also help when making a first impression.
  • Kitchen Face-Lift: Kitchens are a gathering place for most families so their appearance will often weigh heavy on a potential buyer’s decision. Small updates to the faucets, cabinet handles and back splashes can be done for just a few hundred dollars and are easy enough to tackle as a DIY project. Once the upgrades are complete, add a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter to liven up the space.
  • Clutter clean-up: Invest in some storage containers. Remember, a potential buyer uses an open house to help them visualize their things in the home – that’s hard to do if they can barely see the space.
  • Symmetry is your friend: When it comes to living rooms, symmetry is key. Arrange the furniture so that it is away from the walls but still facing each other to allow for engaging conversations. To tie everything together, incorporate some fresh flowers, books and candles throughout. This will not only make the room look good, it will smell good too!
  • Wake up those walls: Painting is a cost-effective and quick way to improve any room’s appearance. For some rooms, all you’ll need is one can of paint. Choose a neutral colour that brings out a background tone in the room, or go with an accent wall in a bolder colour to liven up the space.