10 Tips to Help You Prepare for a Showing

January 25, 2014

1. Remove Clutter and Clear off Counters...

Throw out old newspapers and magazines. Small decorations can be put away. Big heavy furniture can be put in storage to show the size of rooms and empty closets of excess clothing. 



2. Wash Windows and Screens...

This helps more light into your home!



3. Keep Everything Extra Clean...

This may be the time to hire a cleaning service. First impressions are key and buyers are looking for a home that appears to have been well cared for.



4. Get Rid of Smells...

Having the carpet cleaned can make a big differenece. Eliminating cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells is extremely important. Candels and potpourri are helpful but too much may alarm a buyer that you are attempting to cover something up.



5. Brighten Your Rooms...

Make sure all light fixtures have working bulbs and perhaps even increase the wattage. In addition, leave lights on in your home before a showing. You want to have your home look as bright as possible.



6. Tidy Your Yard...

Make sure your lawn is mowed, the driveway is clear of snow and anything else that can increase the curb appeal of your home.



7. Set the Scene...

You may consider making center pieces for your tables and even setting your tables for showings. This helps others create a picture of what it would be like to live in your home.



8. Make Bedrooms Look Clean and Relaxing...

Make sure to make the bed and possibly even buy accent pillows. Remove heavy drapes and replace with ones that let light in.



9. Make Bathrooms Feel Luxurious...

Put away toothbrushes and old towels. You want people to feel pampered. Add a new shower curtain, towels and fancy soaps. All personal items should be out of sight.



10. Leave Your Home...and bring your pets with you...

It is usually best if you are not home during a showing. It can be akward for potential buyers to speak freely if you are present. If you are not able to bring your pets to another location, it is best to crate them in one room (ideally the basement).










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