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10 Tips for Prepping Your Home for a Showing

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Young woman screaming in excitement because of a home showingYour real estate agent just called.  Someone wants to view your home.  Yikes!  How do you prepare your home for the showing?  And not just ready your home for a showing, but get it in tip-top shape so it sells?  Here are our top 10 tips from real estate agents who have been through hundreds of home sales.

Start outside.

Potential buyers start judging your home from the second they pull up to your home.  Driveway cracks, peeling paint, damaged shingles…any of these items can keep potential buyers from stepping in your door.  Be thorough when tackling your home’s curb appeal; we’ve given you a full list of curb appeal tips to create an excellent first impression on potential home buyers.

Keep your home clean.

It’s easier to get your home clean enough for a showing when you keep your home clean.  Try to wash your dishes every night, pick up any piles, and do anything else to minimize the amount of cleaning you need to do before a home showing.  In an ideal world, you’d get a ton of notice before a home showing—unfortunately that’s not always going to happen, so it’s best to always be ready.

Rid your house of repulsive odors.

Don’t break out the onions right before—or even hours before—a home showing.  If the weather allows, open the windows to air out your home.  Bake cookies before your showing, or use another air freshener to keep your home smelling great.  Don’t overdo it, though, or your potential home buyers could have an allergy attack.

Deep clean your bathrooms and kitchen.

You don’t want potential buyers to be disgusted by your home; that’s hardly going to lead to a smooth home sale at top dollar.  Bathrooms and kitchens sell homes, and so does the cleanliness of these important rooms.  Take special care to deep clean your tiles, showers, counters, sinks, tubs, and toilets.  If the buyers believe they have to replace any part of your bathroom or kitchen, they are going to offer a lower sales price to accommodate their budget.

Exterminate any unwanted visitors.

Just a small sign of roaches, ants, or mice can kill a potential home sale.  Take steps to exterminate any pests, such as rodents, bugs, and other creepy crawlies.  If you use traps, make sure you check each trap, remove any dead or dying varmint, and put your traps out of sight.

Take any “clutter” along.

Pets, baby swings, toys, bassinets…anything that takes up floor space and makes your rooms smaller should come along with you when you leave the home during a showing.  Have your pet carriers and a basket available to pack those extra items easily and quickly even on short notice.

Don’t block your selling points.

Make your rooms feel bigger by minimizing the amount of items on the floor, on tables, and on shelves. The same goes for closets—don’t hide your home’s storage!  If needed, rent a storage unit to hold your personal items.  Remember, “less is more” during a home showing.

Make sure all your lights work.

Believe it or not, whether your lights work or not is a direct reflection on how you care, and have cared, for your home—at least in the eyes of potential home buyers.  Check your external and internal light fixtures, and replace any burned out bulbs.  To eliminate any unwanted surprises once your home is under contract, get a pre-listing home inspection so you can complete (and control the costs of) any essential repairs.

Get the “dump” out of your “dumping ground.”

If you have an area of your home where all your miscellaneous items go, it’s time to do some quick organizing and de-cluttering.  Whether it’s a spare room, your basement, or attic, rid your home of all those “extras” that keep your buyers from seeing the full space—and potential—of your home.

Don’t be afraid to ask for suggestions.

You hired your real estate agent for a reason (hopefully).  Ask for any tips or recommendations from your agent as to how you can make your home show better.  Your real estate agent should have the experience and expertise that can help you prepare for a showing—and a quick, and smooth, home sale.