How to Prepare Your Home for Showings

How to Prepare Your Home for Showings

Preparing your home for showings can feel a lot like getting ready for a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Like the holidays, cleaning is a big part of the preparations for the homeowner. Unfortunately, there's no Thanksgiving dinner or pumpkin pie to look forward to.

And unless you sell your house after the first showing, a thorough cleaning isn't just a once-off thing. It becomes a daily ritual, or at the very least, a new ritual, before each showing, until your home sells.

And yes, cleaning is one of the easiest things you can do to prepare your house for showings. But it's not the only thing that needs to be done. Let’s take a look at a list of things you need to do to get ready for a home showing.

Deep cleaning

This is the most crucial step. From the kitchen counters and the toilets to the hardwood floors, make sure that everything is sparkling.

Do not forget to take out the trash and dust the fireplace mantle. Also, make sure that all toiletries have been tucked into the medicine cabinet.

Get rid of clutter

If you have pets or young children, it can be challenging to stage your home as if you were a professional. At the bare minimum, it is essential to remove clutter before a showing.

Fold and store your blankets, and ensure that all of your shoes are neatly stored in the closet. And Speaking of closets, they’re important too.

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Closets are important

You may be tempted to throw everything in a closet just before a showing or an open house. This will certainly help declutter the house, but do not think that prospective buyers are going to walk past closets and never open them.

Buyers will definitely check to see if there is enough storage space for their winter clothing, sports equipment, and shoes. Plus, many people are also just nosy and curious. So staging your closets is very important.

Remove odors

You should be smart when it comes to what you cook the night before a showing or in the morning. The broccoli and bacon are both good for you, but their lingering aroma may turn others off.

Candles and air fresheners are also good options. Just like tastes, everyone has a different sense of smell. Try to be as neutral and plan ahead to avoid scrambling at the last moment to cover up an unpleasant smell.

Highlight key areas

Make sure that your kitchen is spotless. Fold (clean) towels, put away all pots and saucepans and scrub the sink and oven to remove any grease and stains.

If you have a kitchen island, make sure that the counters are clean enough to eat off of.

Like kitchens, bathrooms are important areas that can be difficult to clean. The bathroom is a place that can easily become unclean and unpleasant. Make sure to keep the shower/bath, sink and toilet sparkling and free of dirt.

You can remove yourself from the situation

You won't be physically present at the screening. Your personal items should also not be present.

Remove all photos of family members and any other items, such as artwork from children or school reports. You want the visitors to be able to picture themselves in the house. That’s hard to do when they see your stuff everywhere they look.

Open it up

The open concept is becoming increasingly popular. If your home was not built this way, you have limited options.

Rearranging furniture in the room to make it more inviting, and removing larger pieces of furniture, will make it easier to walk through for potential buyers and agents.

Consider removing large objects that block the view and could make your space seem smaller.

Don't forget about the outside

Do not overlook the importance of curb appeal. The first impression is important, as it's the first thing that prospective buyers will see when they pull up to your house.

Pick up any loose sticks and make sure your lawn and landscaping is well maintained. Add potted flowers to your garden for a little extra. Make sure that the walkways and driveway are free of debris.

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Step into their shoes

It may be hard, but walk through the house as if it were a prospective buyer.

What does it look like? Bad? Do you notice anything negative or out of place in the article?

It's impossible to catch everything, but chances are if it doesn't seem right to you, then it's not going to look right for others.

Keep it clean!

Life happens, and we're not all Mr. Clean. You should always be prepared to show your home if you have any unexpected showings.

The more people who see your house, the better it is likely to sell!

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