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Often those contemplating selling or putting their property up for lease find the whole process particularly daunting.

 Aside from the financial implications and the seemingly endless paperwork and conditions that must be met, there’s the practical side of actually ensuring you’re home puts its best face forward to achieve the highest possible price.

Despite advancing technology and the increasing reliance on the internet, home opens remain an important part of the leasing and selling process.

 It may seem daunting preparing for your first home open, however it doesn’t have to be, according to Abel McGrath Property Manager, Jessica Bertocchi.

 “It’s an important part of both the leasing and selling process and there are a few key steps you can take to make the whole process that much easier and ensure you’re showing your property in the best possible light,” she says.

 Ms Bertocchi says, in today’s more subdued rental market, home opens are even more important than they were when the market was booming.

 She says advancing technology has also had an impact on how properties are marketed.

 “The internet means that prospective tenants have access to home open dates, times and locations in the palm of their hand without even having to ring the agent to find out the details,” she says.

 She says first impressions remain vital as they give a prospective tenant an insight into what the interior of the home might look like.

 “Having lawns mowed and green with no weeds in garden beds is going to give people a better feel about the home and could essentially mean the difference between applying for the property or not.”

 “Fixing broken items, getting a thorough clean done and adding a lick of paint, will all help your property to stick out from the crowd.

 “It’s not necessary to spend a lot of money on renovations but you should present a home in the condition you would expect or like to live in,” Ms Bertocchi adds.

She says staging for some high end properties can really assist prospective buyers or tenants to visualise how a property could look and decluttering is always an essential to avoid a home looking cluttered and messy.

 “Personal items should be stored away or removed prior to marketing and it’s a good idea to remove pets from properties to give those looking the opportunity to look around without being restricted,” Ms Bertocchi says.

In terms of timing, she says close to the close of business works for many of those looking for new properties who may be working full time and whose time is limited especially those in the market for a rental property.

 “And remember to listen to any feedback from the agent or property manager about your property.

 “This is very important so that the owner is aware of what people are looking for in properties and can modify or make changes accordingly.

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