Open home tips

A house that looks its best on the day has a better chance of selling or reaching a higher price. Find out ways to make your home look good and how to prepare for your open home.

How to prepare for open homes

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Top tips for making your home look good


Pack away your personal photographs and family heirlooms. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the wall and say "I can see myself living here!" – make it easy for them to imagine their dreams in your house.


Get into all of the corners, scrub around the taps and make those windows sparkle to create an impression of a well cared for home. Make your house sparkle!

Lighten up

Create the impression of space and brightness by turning on the lights during open homes. On a sunny day make sure the curtains are open too.


Less is more. Tuck away ornaments and accessories that make the house feel cluttered (think of it as a head start on the packing you will eventually do anyway). Clean off everything on the kitchen counters. Put essential daily-used items in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.

Think about your street appeal

The front entrance is where potential buyers will make a decision about whether to enter or not. Make sure the outside of your home is well kept, tidy and clean. Consider putting a beautiful, flowering plant by the front door to make your home look even more inviting.

Update and make minor repairs

A simple update like painting walls, fixing small holes and replacing bench tops can make a big difference without costing too much. Minor repairs can make a big difference on the day – the house is ready to be lived in.

Rearrange bedroom closets and kitchen cabinets

Buyers WILL open closet and cabinet doors. If everything is organised, the buyer will think you take very good care of the rest of the house too.

Home staging

Consider using a specialist company to make your house look the best it can. Capture more buyers by hiring a professional home stager to bring your home alive.

Want to know more about how to add value to your property?

For more advice, contact one of our salespeople or check out our landlord tips on how to add value to your home.