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Getting Your Home Ready for a Showing

When it comes to home showings, it's best to have an agent present the house. They'll present the house from a sales perspective and know the right things to say. It's also preferable for you to be away from the home during the showing or open house. This will make potential buyers feel more at ease and allow them to take a more thorough look around without feeling rushed or intrusive.

Here are a few tips to make your home inviting and appeal to the largest number of potential buyers.

  • Clean or paint the front door to make a sharp first impression
  • Remove family pictures to make it easier for buyers to imagine living in the home
  • Organize closets and consider moving unnecessary items to a temporary storage unit to make storage areas appear larger
  • Clear as many objects from shelves as possible and remove some of the furniture
  • In the bathroom consolidate cosmetics to an organized container you can keep out of sight
  • Have carpets professionally cleaned for a fresh look and smell, especially if you have pets
  • Remove any unsightly wood scraps and building materials from the yard
  • Power-wash your driveway, decks and porches to remove moss and buildup

Requests to see your home can come at any time. If you're serious about selling, you and your house must be prepared whenever buyers have time to come by. Make sure you do these 5 things everyday before you leave the house:

  • Rinse dirty dishes and put in dishwasher (people may look inside)
  • Make the beds
  • Make sure no laundry is lying around
  • Pick up toys and clutter that may accumulate on stairs or walkways
  • Open blinds and curtains and leave a few lights on to make the space feel brighter

Preparing your home for sale and keeping it in peak condition will help buyers picture themselves living in your home and may result in higher offers.

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