Home Preparations for Showings

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Top Ways to Prepare Your Home for Showings

We’ve all heard the expression, “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” Nothing can be truer when it comes to selling your home.

These tips are offered to help you get the most out of your viewing appointments. At first glance the tips may seem time consuming and unnecessary, but they will pay dividends in the end. In a competitive market, you want your home to stand out.

  • Always be ready to show. You never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door.
  • Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners.
  • Make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior by cleaning the walk and putting away all unused items.
  • De-clutter and de-personalize. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there.
  • Finish all projects you have started. Typically, you can get 100% return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal.
  • Get rid of 1/3 of your stuff—put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia, religious artifacts and personal keepsakes.
  • Conceal the critters. Not every buyer is an animal lover. Remove the indoor kennel, dog food bowl, and kitty litter box. These give an impression that the house is not clean.


  • Keeping your home as neutral as possible will increase your chances of appealing to a broader variety of buyers. Keep clutter to a minimum.

Do this….

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  • CLOSETS. Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure your closets and cabinets are clean and tidy.
  • LIGHT. Maximize the light in your home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, increase the wattage of your light bulbs. Do what you have to do to make your house bright and cheery.
  • FRESH. Make sure your home smells good.
  • Did we mention CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN?

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