The Importance of Open Home Preparation


The process of decluttering, re-positioning furniture or decor and/or adding a few key items to your home will make all the difference to selling your home.  Having a clutter-free home is proven to increase your sale price by 10% (that's $50,000 on a $500,000 property!).


The main goal is to declutter and depersonalize your home, so that when that potential buyers walks in, they can get a sense of how they would live in your home

without being overwhelmed by too much stuff.

Here are some additional tips on how to prepare for open homes:

  1. Paint the front door – A freshly painted front door sets the stage for potential buyers as they enter the home. It gives the impression of a new start.

  2. Declutter the floors – Even the floors of the closets. Clutter can make a room seem smaller than it actually is. When you’re first preparing your home for sale, remove everything but the most essential items from each room, and store them in a place that prospective buyers won’t look.

  3. Remove your framed photos of friends and family – De-personalize your home as much as possible. Envision a staged home, and try to make yours look as much as possible like what you envision.

  4. Clean up to shiny perfection and make sure your home smells clean every night before you go to bed. Roasting almonds in the oven before an open home is also a nice touch - it fills the kitchen with the aroma of baking, and brings to mind family gatherings and holiday cheer.

  5. Organise your pantry, line or clean the shelves, and straighten the laundry room. Keep your groceries to a bare minimum, and take out your trash before you leave the house every day.

  6. Straighten bookcases and dust between the books. Straighten closets and hang each item neatly.

  7. Toys. Leave some of your children’s favorites out along with their books. Make the beds everyday. Try to think every room as a stage, and set them up with the buyer’s viewpoint in mind. What would you think if you walked in this room?

  8. Bathrooms should be spotless – No toys in bathtubs, or towels on the floor. Clean and smelling fresh toilets are key! Buy air fresheners for each bathroom, and make sure they smell nice each day before you leave the house.

  9. Front and backyards. Make sure both yards are manicured as this is the first thing a prospective buyer will see. For some reason, homes having yellow or red flowers in pots or near the front porch seem to sell faster. The outside appearance is the gate to instant approval or disapproval.


Another helpful hint:

Buy a plastic laundry hamper for each room. Anytime you’re getting ready to leave for the day or you get a call requesting a viewing, put all of the items on the floor into the hampers, and take the hampers with you as you walk out the door.


Domi Design offer an open home preparation service which is affordable and definitely something to consider to increase your sale price by 10%, as research has proven.​  For more information on this service see here.


For information on home staging see here.

A clutter-free home is proved to

increase your sale price by 10%.

(That's $50,000 on a $500,000 sale price!)

*stats from

A home we prepped for open homes in Tauranga

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