Tips For Successful Home Showings

Let Your Home Welcome Buyers With a Smile!

With a little effort on your part, your home can be sold more quickly and at a better price. These tips have proven to be invaluable to owners and are worth your special attention.

First Impressions Are Lasting…

Curb appeal and your front entrance offer the first impression. Make sure the front door is fresh and clean. For added curb appeal, place a pot of bright flowers near the entryway. Keep lawns mowed and edged.  Trim bushes and add new mulch. Repair any holes in your driveway and reapply sealant, if applicable.

Safety First…

Walkways and steps should be free from debris. Keep stairways clear and avoid possible injuries.

Let The Sun Shine In…

Wash your windows and screens to allow more natural light into the interior of your home. Open draperies and curtains to let prospective buyers see how cheerful your home could be. Show off the view if you have one.

Brighten Your Rooms…

Add higher wattage bulbs in light fixtures to brighten up rooms and basements. Replace any burned-out bulbs in closets. Clean the walls, or better yet, brush on a fresh coat of neutral color paint.

Repairs Can Make A Big Difference…

Don’t disregard minor repairs such as sticking windows and doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, and loose knobs. Warped cabinet drawers and other minor flaws detract from home value. A dripping faucet may seem trivial, but water discolors sinks and suggests faulty plumbing. Have them fixed to avoid buyers walking away with the impression that your home isn’t well maintained.

Make Closets Look Bigger…

Neat, well-ordered closets show the space is ample.

Remove Clutter and Clear Off Countertops…

Eliminate stacks of newspapers and magazines and store away most of your small decorative items. Put excess furniture in storage, and remove out-of-season clothing items that are cramping closet space. Don’t forget to clean out the garage, too.

Keep Everything Extra Clean…

A clean house will make a strong first impression and send a message to buyers that the home has been well-cared for. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates, mop and wax floors, and clean the stove and refrigerator. Polish your doorknobs and address numbers. It’s worth hiring a cleaning service if you can afford one.

Get Rid of Unpleasant Smells…

Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Open the windows to air out the house. Potpourri or scented candles will help providing the fragrance is not too strong.

Arrange Bedrooms Neatly…

Remove excess furniture. Use attractive bedspreads and freshly laundered curtains.

Bathrooms Help Sell Homes…

Make the bathrooms feel luxurious and sparkle! Check and repair caulking in bathtubs and showers. Put away those old towels and toothbrushes. When buyers enter your bathroom, they should feel pampered. Add a new shower curtain, new towels, and fancy guest soaps. Make sure your personal toiletry items are out of sight.

Decorate for A Quick Sale…

Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce appeal. Why try to tell the prospect how the home could look, when you can show him by redecorating? A quicker sale at a higher price will result. An investment in fresh paint will pay dividends.

Add A Touch of Color In The Living Room…

A colored afghan or throw on the couch will jazz up a dull room. Buy new accent pillows for the sofa for a fresh look.

Set The Scene…

Set the table with attractive dishes and add candles throughout the home to help buyer’s picture themselves living there. Use brightly colored fruit or flowers to create a centerpiece for your tables or countertops. Add accents without causing the look of clutter.

Accentuate The Fireplace…

Lay fresh logs in the fireplace or put a basket of flowers there if it’s not in use.

Lock Up Valuables, Jewelry and Money…

Avoid temptation! Put valuables away before you leave. A real estate salesperson will be on site during your showings or open house, but it’s impossible to watch everyone all the time.

Music Is Mellow…

But not when a home is being shown.  Turn off the blaring radio or television. Let the salesperson and buyer talk free of disturbances.

Use Your Agent…

Allow your home to be shown to a prospective buyer by appointment through the office or appointment center. Your cooperation will be appreciated and will help sale your home more quickly.  Should someone approach you from the sign, request they call your Realtor answer any questions and schedule a showing.

Pets Underfoot…

Keep them out of the way – preferably out of the home.  Send pets outside or even to a neighbor.  If that’s not possible, crate them or confine them to one room (ideally in the basement), and let other showing agents know where they’ll be to eliminate surprises.

Let Buyers Look…

It’s usually best if the sellers leave home and are not present during showings. It’s awkward for prospective buyers to look in your closets and express their opinions of your home with you there.