Preparing Your Home for Showings

First impressions count. Make a small investment of time and money to give your home an edge over other listings. Buyers compare properties, and the home with the least number of objections is usually given the highest consideration. Here are some suggestions to help you:

The First Impression

  • Clean and clear the entrance: polish door hardware and make sure the doorbell works.
  • Make sure lawn and landscaping are neat and clean.
  • Create a pleasing fragrance with fresh baked cookies or subtle citrus or pine smells (no potpourri)
  • Paint exterior, front door and trim as needed.
  • Place flowers at the front entrance.
  • Turn on all lights and during the day, open blinds and drapes.

Curb Appeal

  • Cut the lawn.
  • Trim shrubs and trees.
  • Weed and edge gardens.
  • Pick up litter.
  • Clear walk and driveway of leaves.
  • Repair gutters and eaves.
  • Touch up exterior paint.

The Spacious Look

  • Clear stairs and hall.
  • Place excess furniture in storage.
  • Clear counters and other surfaces.
  • Make closets neat and clean.
  • Remove personal artwork and posters.
  • Limit the number of family photos.

Interior Touches

  • Shampoo carpets.
  • Clean washer, dryer and tubs.
  • Clean furnace, refrigerator and stove.
  • Clean and freshen all surfaces, including light fixtures.
  • Clean bathrooms and kitchens, including glass, tile, chrome, marble, tubs and sinks.
  • Tidy pantry, garage, basement and crawl spaces.
  • Turn ceiling fans on low setting.

The Buying Atmosphere

  • Be absent during showings.
  • Light fireplace.
  • Play soft background music.
  • Keep pets outdoors or crated.
  • Place settings at the dining room table.
  • Keep temperatures cool and inviting in the summer and warm and cozy in the winter.

General Maintenance

  • Oil squeaky doors.
  • Tighten door knobs.
  • Replace burned out light bulbs.
  • Clean and repair windows.
  • Paint the interior as necessary.
  • Repair cracked plaster.
  • Repair leaking taps and toilets.


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