Preparing for an Open House
Quiet instrumental background music, or DVD playing of your property.
Open curtains and drapes - turn all lights on, even during the day. Your house will look more homey and cheerful with the lights on.
Windows and doors open where appropriate - heaters or airconditioners on if needed.
Air out stale rooms. Use aAir freshener if you feel it is required to eliminate smoking or pet odours, but don't overdo it, as some people may find those sprays offensive or some may even be allergic.
Clear off bench tops and declutter wherever possible. Tidy wardrobes and cupboards. Remove all unnecessary items from rooms, hallways and paths. Position a vase of fresh flowers - this adds to the ambience. Clean all surfaces, appliances, windows, bathrooms, floor coverings & carpets. Mow lawns, tidy gardens, check house plants. Restrain or remove pets.
As a precaution, put away all small valuables (money, jewellery, ornaments). Make arrangements with your agent for additional keys, alarm and lock up plan.