Tips How to Prepare for a Showing

Although the buyer is a guest in your home, you want the buyer to imagine owning the home and remove personal photos. You don’t want to make the buyer feel like an intruder.

Now it’s time to get your home ready for the spotlight. Start with a good cleaning, then eliminate any clutter, add a fresh coat of paint and tidy up the yard. We will discuss other tips that can help boost a home’s curb appeal and impress potential buyers once they’re in the door. One way to make a home more attractive is to purchase a Home Protection Plan. This insurance protects you, the seller, from paying repair or replacement costs of major items during the listing period. It also protects the buyer during their first year of homeownership.

  • Check the Temperature: If weather permits, open the windows — if there is too much noise outside, close them. And if it’s cold enough to wear a sweater to stay warm, turn on the heat. You want the temperature inside to be comfortable and to give the buyer more of a reason to linger, especially on hot or cold days!
  • Create a Mood: A fire in the fireplace, or bubbling water fountains, can set the scene for a tranquil home and can be useful for distracting from less desirable noises, like traffic.
  • Play Up the Visual: Open all the window coverings to let in light. Keep blinds partially closed that otherwise show undesirable outdoor scenery such as a dilapidated fence or a nearby structure that obstructs views. If you have seasonal photographs  showcasing flower gardens, leaves bursting in color or a snow-covered lawn twinkling from streetlights, then display them in a prominent position. Turn on every light in the house, including appliance lights and closet lights. Brighten dark rooms with few windows by placing spotlights on the floor behind furniture.
  • Make arrangements to be gone during showing, this helps the Buyer feel more comfortable to look around.  (and especially any pets)