How to Prepare Your Home for Showings That Sell

Updated on February 28, 2017
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Michelle has been a Real Estate Broker over 15 years. She loves educating buyers and sellers on how to make their transactions go smoothly.

How to Prepare Your Home for Showings That Sell
How to Prepare Your Home for Showings That Sell

How to Prepare Your Home for Showings that Sell

The objective of putting your home on the market is to sell it right? You are hoping to get a buyer to make you an offer. In order to do this, you must present your home in a way that appeals to a buyer’s senses. A buyer must be able to feel what it would be like if they lived in your home. Bottom line is if your home is not attractive to a buyer it won’t sell or will take a very long time to sell. No one wants to open their home up to the public forever, so let’s get it right the first time. This article explains how to prepare your home for showings that sell.

Well-Manicured Yard

Curb appeal means a great deal to most buyers. It actually sets the stage on whether or not they want to schedule an appointment to view the inside of a home. Clear any debris and make sure hedges are trimmed and the grass is cut. The luscious looking the better.

A Beautiful Entrance

Nicely painted door, clean porch, no cobwebs. An inviting welcome mat. If you know the plant is dead, get rid of it. Take the “Beware of Dog” sign down for showings. Make sure the dogs are secured or better yet away from the home just until the showing is over. You do control when your home is shown. A barking dog will deter some buyers.

Delightful Smell

If a buyer enters a home and smells an unpleasant odor, they may not be able to get pass that. You also don’t want strong fragrances in the air. You want pleasant delightful smells in the air. Some smells that work are oranges, lemons, vanilla, cinnamon and baked cookies. These are some very good examples. Just be mindful not to have a mixture of smells lingering at the same time. Remember a clean house smells clean.

Clean Countertop and other surfaces.

Make sure all surfaces are wiped down and as shiny as possible. Buyers will rub their hands across beautiful countertops, especially if they are granite. It’s almost impossible to resist.

Be Very Meticulous and Attract More Buyers

Eye-Catching Kitchen
Eye-Catching Kitchen

Matching and Clean Appliances

If you have a stainless steel refrigerator, black stove and olive dishwasher: that’s a problem! Matching sets are ideal and will make your kitchen no matter what size it is look gorgeous. Be sure to make sure your appliances are as clean as a whistle.

Scuff-free Walls and Clean Carpets

This a no-brainer. No buyer wants to walk in and see scuffed up walls or dirty carpet. This a big turnoff so be sure to touch up those walls if need be. Have your carpets cleaned and deodorized. Keep in mind what the objective is. Getting your home sold. Everything from the ceiling to the floor should be clean and smell great!

Clutter-Free

Try to reduce the clutter as much as possible. Hallways should be clear. Kitchen and dining room tables should be decorated and ready for guest. You can put your mail and magazines in a suitcase or box and make sure it’s out of sight. Also your go-to items can be placed in a box or container and put in your car trunk before a showing.

We Can't Have This!

How Not to Get Your Home Sold!
How Not to Get Your Home Sold!

Sparkling Windows and Mirrors

One of my biggest pet peeves are fingerprints. I can’t be the only one, so windows and mirrors should be fingerprint and streak-free. Clean windows and mirrors will bring a flawless feel to any room.

Get Rid of Dust

This is easier said than done. Make sure you vacuum before you dust. Use a microfiber cloth or something that won’t spread the dust. Change your air filters monthly. Use an air purifier with a HEPA filter, if you just can't seem to beat your dust problem. Getting rid of and preventing dust on a regular basis is key.

Open Blinds and Curtains

Let the sunlight in. Make sure there are no dark and gloomy rooms. If a space has no windows turn on a light, lamp, recess lighting etc. Light will make a room open up and feel and appear larger.

Bring the Light In

Enhance the Beauty of Your home with Light
Enhance the Beauty of Your home with Light

Show to Sell

The best way to make sure your home is ready for showings is to keep it neat and tidy every day. Pretend it’s Thanksgiving and you’ve invited guest to a big celebration. Make it fun and stress free by preparing your home before it hits the market. You want to make your home as inviting as possible so a buyer can imagine living in it. Remember to cater to the buyer's senses. Use this article as a guide and prepare your home for showings that sell.

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