Tips & guides

Open House Finishing Touches Checklist

Published April 11 2019
3 minute read
Help buyers to gain the very best first impression of your property by spending a little time preparing before your open house.  To help you get ready for the event we’ve put together some tips for giving your home those all-important finishing touches:

Kerb Appeal

  • Add colour with potted plants and hanging baskets.
  • Try to ensure any grassed frontage is not overgrown & pathways are clean and clear


  • Make sure it’s clear from coats, shoes etc offering a clear walkway. 


  • Keep the work surfaces as clear as possible.
  • Add a vase or bowl of the same fruit such as apples or oranges, or mixed fruit such as lemons and limes. 
  • Hide tea towels and oven gloves plus cleaning products.


Dining area

  • If you have a dining table, decorate a couple of place settings with your best dinnerware.

Living Room

  • Spruce up tired furniture with textured accessories such as throws and cushions.
  • Add fresh flowers.
  • Have limited personal photographs and mementos. Style your shelves and coffee table to have a show home look.



  • Where possible, all bedrooms should have a bed in them. Make the beds with bedding that is in excellent condition, plain white works best and add colour through a throw or cushions.
  • Keep surfaces clear and hide the majority of lotions and potions.



  • Remove the majority of toiletries from your sink, bath and shower. 
  • All towels should be matching, preferably a plain colour and be new or in excellent condition.
  • Toilet seats should be down.


  • Add colour by freshly planting flower beds and potted plants.
  • Remove any toys.
  • Clear any weeds and ensure all lawns are mowed.



  • Your home should smell fresh with no strong smells from e.g. food from the night before.
  • It is true the smell of fresh coffee or baking adds to the ‘homely’ feel.
  • Try to add natural scents where possible before using artificial.
  • Lightly scented “plug ins” could also be used.
  • It is also advisable to leave a few windows open to allow the fresh air to flow through.


  • We love our pets but they are a no when it comes to open houses, so make sure your pet and all of their belongings are not present during a the open house.


  • Make use of as much natural lighting as possible, open curtains and blinds.
  • Lights and lamps should be turned on where required.


  • Make sure the heating is at a comfortable temperature not too hot or too cold.
Speak to your local branch for more tips on making the most of your open house event.