Home Sellers-Tips For Showing Your Home

When it comes time to sell your home, you only have one chance to make a great first impression! Almost any property can look great online, but a personal visit from potential buyers can make or break the sale. Here are some tips to make sure your home showings go right the first time.

1. Remove clutter and clear off counter-tops. Remove any stacks of newspapers and magazines and stow away most of your small decorative items. Take any excess furniture to the garage or storage, and remove out-of-season clothing items that are taking up tones of closet space. Don’t forget to organize the garage, too.
2. Wash your windows and screens. This will help get more light into the inside of the home.

3. Keep everything extra clean. A clean house will makes a great first impression and send atips for better home showings for sellers message to buyers that the home has been well-cared for. Wash off fingerprints from light switch plates, mop and wax the floors, and clean the stove and refrigerator. Polish your doorknobs and address numbers. It might be worth hiring a cleaning service as well.

4. Get rid of smells. Clean carpeting and drapes to help eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Open the windows to air out the house. Potpourri or scented candles might also help.

5. Brighten your rooms. Make sure all light bulbs are functional in light fixtures to brighten up rooms. Clean the walls, or even touch up areas with a coat of neutral color paint.

6. Don’t disregard minor repairs. Small problems such as sticky or squeaky 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 and make them think twice about putting in an offer.

7. Tidy your yard. Cut the grass, rake the leaves, add new mulch, trim the bushes, edge the walkways, and clean out the gutters. For added curb appeal, a pot of bright flowers near the entryway can be a nice touch.

8. Patch holes. Repair any holes or cracks in your driveway and reapply sealant, if applicable.

9. Add a touch of color in the living room.  A colored afghan or throw on the couch can help jazz up the room. Buy new fresh accent pillows for the sofa.

tips for better home showings san diego10. Buy a flowering plant and put it near a window with high traffic.

11. Make centerpieces for your tables. Use brightly colored fruit or flowers.

12. Set the scene. Set the table with nice dishes and candles, and create other vignettes throughout the home to help buyers picture already living there. For example, in the living room, you might display a chess game in progress.

13. Replace heavy curtains with sheer ones that let in more light. Also show off the view if you have one.

14. Accentuate the fireplace.  Put fresh logs in the fireplace or put a basket of flowers there if it’s not in use.

15. Make the bathrooms feel luxurious.  Buyers don’t want to see those old towels and toothbrushes. When they enter your bathroom, they should feel pampered. Add a new shower curtain, new towels, and fancy guest soaps. Make sure your personal toiletry items are not in sight.

16. Send your pets to a neighbor or take them outside. If that’s not possible, crate them or confine them to one room (ideally a bedroom), and let the real estate agent know where they’ll be to eliminate surprises.

17. Lock up valuables, jewelry, and money. This is common sense, but while a real estate salesperson will be on site during the showing or open house, it’s impossible to watch everyone all the time.

18. Leave the home. No offense, but it’s always best if the sellers are not at home. It’s awkward for prospective buyers to look in your closets and express their opinions of your home with you there. They will also tend to spend much more time in the home when there is nobody there.


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