Showing Your Home

First Impressions are Lasting Impressions.
The exterior of your home often determines how buyers will view the interior, so:

Make sure your front entrance is clean and inviting.

Paint or replace your front door if it's faded or worn.

Add some paint to shutters, trim plants and polish or remove outside features showing signs of wear.


Put Your Home in the best possible light.
Strategically lighting your home, even during daytime showings, can create a cozy mood and highlight positive attributes of each room, so:

Clear all unnecessary objects from furniture throughout the house. Keep decorative objects on the furniture restricted to small groups of 1-3 items.

Clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen countertops. If it hasn't been used for three months…put it away!

Clear refrigerator fronts of messages, pictures, etc. (A sparse kitchen helps buyers mentally move their own things into your kitchen.)

In the bathroom, remove any unnecessary items from countertops, tubs, shower stalls, commode tops and keep the toilet lids closed. Keep only your most needed cosmetics, brushes, perfumes, etc., in one small group on the counter. Coordinate towels to one or two colors only. Check and repair caulking in bathtubs and showers.

Rearrange or remove some of the furniture if necessary. As owners, many times we have too much furniture in a room. This is wonderful for our personal enjoyment, but when it comes to selling, we need to thin out as much as possible to make rooms appear larger.

Take down or rearrange certain pictures or object on walls. Patch and paint if necessary.

Review the house inside room by room. Paint any room needing paint, clean carpets or drapes that need it, clean windows.

During "showings" turn on all lights and lamps, and open all shades, curtains and shutters.


Keep windows and floors clean.

Repair worn woodwork.

Repaint scarred or dirty walls in a neutral color.

Steam clean carpeting or replace it if necessary.

Repair loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers, broken light switches and other minor flaws.

Auroma: Bake some cookie dough in your oven. It will make your home smell delicious.

Play jazzy type music during all viewings.

Children & Pets: They can be a distraction. Take them outside for a few minutes while the qualified buyers preview the property..


Trim landscaping to reveal architectural detail (bottom of windows, etc.).

Go around the perimeter of the house and discard wood scraps, extra building materials, etc., into the garage.

Look at all plants…prune bushes and trees. Keep plants from blocking windows. Plants are like children-they grow so fast!!

Weed and then bark all planting areas. Keep lawn freshly cut and fertilized. Remove any dead plants or shrubs.

Clear patios or decks of all small items, such as small planters, flower pots, charcoal, old barbecues, toys, etc. (Put them in the garage).

Check paint condition of the house-especially the front door and trim. "Curb appeal really works!"

In General: Try to look at your house "through the buyer's eyes" as though you've never seen it. Any time or money spent on these items will bring you back more money in return, and hopefully a faster sale.

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