How to prepare for an open home

preparing open house

Selling a home is not quite as simple as you think and could come across as daunting if it is your first time.
We are happy to help you prepare your property for an open home inspection.

You can also Download our printable checklist.


Natascha Dyet, Sales Representative at Better Buildings Realty


De-Clutter your home

Less is more, so clean out rooms, excess furniture, clutter and personal items such as photograph, toiletries, boxes and shoes.

  • Donate items you don’t need any more
  • Throw away broken or damaged items/furniture
  • Make sure all valuables are locked away and out of sight.

Set the scene

You want your potential buyer to imagine living here, so try some extra things, like a throw, cushions, or a bunch of flowers. Little things count – your property doesn’t have to be a display home

Natural light

Natural light can make the home feel fresh, vibrant and clean, open all your blinds and windows.

Don’t forget the outside

Give a quick weeding, rake the leaves and tidy up your outside clutter, a quick hose down the day before can really make a difference.

Clean up

Vacuum and mop the whole house, clean sink, windows and remove cobwebs inside & outside.

Make sure you pay attention to small details like:

  • Blinds
  • Appliances
  • Interior of closet

Leave the property

It might be inconvenient, however being absent during the open home allows potential buyers to be more relaxed and express their thoughts during the inspection.


Take them out for a walk. Pets can be threatening sometimes and may make the buyer afraid to visit areas where they are kept.

Do a thorough inspection

Doing a thorough inspection will help avoid any unpleasant surprises during the sale process. If you find yourself with any of the following problems, you will need to fix them.

  • Water damage
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Broken seals in windows
  • Signs of insects or rodents



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