Suggestions for Showing Your Home

Time and money spent on getting your house ready to sale is well worth it in increased value and ultimate sales price.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Tidy up the grounds - porches - garage; keep the lawn mowed, trimmed and edged
  • Your front door gives a vital first impression -- clear, repair, paint, or even replace as needed
  • Wash the windows and window treatments
  • Consider cleaning the carpets
  • If any paint is needed inside or out, get it done! Typically money spent on cosmetics yields a 3X return on higher sales prices, not to mention shortening the marketing time
  • Keep all steps clear of any hazards
  • Have all light sockets filled with high wattage bulbs -- rooms always feel larger with good light
  • Wash dishes, make beds, put away clothes, straighten up in general
  • Bathrooms and kitchens sell homes -- make these rooms sparkle
  • De-clutter your home as much as possible -- too much furniture makes a room feel crowded
  • Pack up the closets -- let buyers see how much closet space they’ll be buying
  • Now is the time to clean the garage -- how about a garage sale?
  • Keep pets out of the way. If the prospects dislike your pet, they will be annoyed. If the prospects like your pet, they will be distracted
  • It is best not to be present when the agent shows your home -- the potential buyer will feel like an intruder and will hurry through the house
  • Leave it up to the agent to show your home -- it is his or her business to present your home in light of the prospective buyer’s particular needs
  • For many reasons it is important not to discuss any business details directly with the potential buyer or his/her agent
  • Properties have to be shown to be sold -- price your home so both will happen