Tips For Better Showings

Tips For Better Showings

  • Remove clutter and clear off counters: Remove unused or unneeded appliances from the kitchen counters. Don't store personal items on bath vanities. Make sure you clean inside cabinets.
  • Wash your windows and screens: Pay close attention to the front door area. Replace any damaged door hardware.
  • Keep everything extra clean: A clean house will make a strong first impression and send a message to buyers that the home has been well-cared for. Wash fingerprints from light swithch plates, mop and wax floors, and clean the stove and refrigerator. Polish your doorknobs and address numbers.
  • Get rid of smells: Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smokke, and pet smells. Open the windows to air out the house. Painting may be needed to remove cigarette odors. Do not use sented candles or potpourri to excess.
  • Brighten your rooms: Put higher wattage bulbs in light fixtures to brighten up rooms and basements. Replace any burned-out bulbs in closets. Clean the walls.
  • Don't disregard minor repairs: Small problems such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they'll give buyers the impression that the house isn't well-maintained.
  • Maintain your yard: Keep grass cut, rake leaves, add new mulch, trim bushes, edge the walkways, and clean the gutters.
  • Patch holes: Repair any holes in your driveway. Repair any issues with the sheetrock. 
  • Add a touch of color in the living room: New accent pillows, flowers, etc. 
  • Buy a flowering plant and put it near a window you pass by frequently:
  • Make centerpieces for your table: Fruit, flowers.
  • Replace heavey curtians witth sheer ones that let in more light: Show off the view if you have one.
  • Accentuate the fireplace: Lay fresh logs in fireplace. Clean any soot.
  • Make the bathrooms feel luxurious: Put away those old towels and toothbrushes. When buyers enter your bathroom, they should feel pampered. Add a new shower curtain, new towels. Make sure your personal toiletry items are out of sight.
  • Send your pets to a neighbor or take them outside: If that's not possible, crate them or confine them to one room, and let the real estate agent know where they'll be, and what kind of pet. 
  • LOCK UP VALUABLES, JEWELRY, AND MONEY: While a real estate agent will be on site during the showing or open house, it's impossible to watch everyne all the time. 
  • Leave the home: It's usually best if the sellers are not home. It's awkward for prospective buyers to look in you closets and express their opinions of your home with you there. 
  • DO NOT SMOKE INSIDE: Cigarette smoke is the number one deal breaker for an offer.