Getting your home ready for a showing takes more than just tidying up around the house.  As you prepare your home to be shown to prospective buyers, you must look at it through a buyer’s eyes.  Your REALTOR® should help you spot the little things that buyers will notice – things they might otherwise use to try to negotiate a lower price.

Think about the following when preparing your home to be shown:

Reduce the Clutter!

Remove clutter from all areas of your home to create an impression of spaciousness.  After living in a home for any length of time, stuff begins to collect on shelves, counter tops, in drawers, closets, etc.  A prospective buyer won’t be able to see past your clutter to the beauty of your home.  You want as much open clear space as possible, so find a place for everything, and put everything in its place.

  • Arrange clothes neatly in closets.  Limit storage on the floor and overhead shelves.
  • Clear off kitchen counter-tops and keep sinks empty and clean.  Remove magnets and pictures from refrigerator for a fresh look. Clean and organize cupboard interiors – potential buyers are always curious about storage space.
  • Don’t forget garages, and other storage areas.  These are often the most cluttered spaces in our homes!  A potential buyer will want to look at every room, every closet, and every nook and cranny, so clean and organize these areas for a fresh look.
  • Arrange furniture to give an impression of spaciousness in each room.

Clean and Brighten Your Home

  • Clean window trims and carpets.
  • Replace worn, stained or smelly carpeting or install tiles altogether.
  • Replace all lights with higher wattage bulbs and open all drapes.
  • Look up – do you need to repair/paint a water stain or other blemish on the ceiling?
  • Ask a friend or your REALTOR® to help you assess your efforts.

Remove Odors

If you smoke or have pets, you may not realize it, but your home inevitably has an odor.  An odor that potential buyers will sense immediately. Odor removal (and prevention) is essential when showing and selling your home.

  • Consider using an ozone spray that helps to remove odors without creating a masking odor.
  • Empty kitty litter boxes daily and use plenty of baking soda.
  • Sprinkle carpet freshener on the carpet and vacuum regularly.

Quiet Squeaks; Repair Flaws

Check for signs of wear throughout your home.  They may seem minor, but flaws such as loose screws, worn paint and crooked drawer pulls will be noticed by a potential buyer.

  • Check walls for smudges, chipped paint and torn or loose wallpaper.
  • Tighten loose doorknobs, switch plates, cabinets, drawer pulls, etc.
  • Fix sticking doors and windows, and squeaking floors and steps.
  • Fix leaky faucets, and remove water stains and calcium.
  • Repair or clean caulking on tubs and sinks.

Neutralize Your Home!

Neutral colors appeal to any decorating scheme.  You may love the yellow walls in your hall bath and red cabinets in the kitchen, but that may seem odd to a potential buyer.  Neutral themes, including floor and wall coverings, appliances and fixtures, offers the broadest appeal to home buyers.

Your REALTOR® can provide helpful tips for neutralizing your home, while still allowing its personality to shine.

Outside the Home

Your yard is a vital part of merchandising your home.  In addition to keeping your lawn well maintained, check the exterior of your home for needed repairs.  Review the following tips to make your home’s exterior as appealing as possible.

  • Keep the lawn well-trimmed.  Keep shrubs and trees trimmed.
  • Rake up loose leaves.
  • Put away lawn equipment, toys and other outdoor items.
  • Repair and paint or stain fences.
  • Check exterior surfaces.  Make repairs, clean or paint as needed.
  • Clean, paint and repair or realign gutters.
  • Fix broken windows and screens, then wash.
  • Washer blast the exterior of the house, driveways and sidewalks.
  • Look at your driveway closely, and repair cracks, chips or holes.
  • Make sure the entry light and doorbell work.
  • Replace house numbers and welcome mat as needed.
  • Paint, stain or clean the front door if needed.
  • Brighten your landscaping with moveable, potted flowers.


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DISCLAIMER: This information is provided for general awareness only and is not intended for the purpose of providing legal, accounting, tax advice or consulting of any kind.  Please consult with a professional in their respective expertise for complete details.