Getting Your House Ready For a Showing

THE KITCHEN

Be sure all countertops are clear and "squeaky clean". Wipe down appliances. Be sure all dishes are in the dishwasher or cleaned and put away. The sink should be clear and clean.

THE BEDROOMS

Make up the beds, neatly and attractively, every morning. This is a job you don't want to have to do when you learn that the buyers will be there within the hour.

THE BATHROOMS

Keep a set of fresh, attractive towels in each room that you can change instantly.

MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC

Soft, pleasant background music may be very effective.

TURN ON ALL LIGHTS

Even those in closets and storage rooms. Electric lights have an amazing capability for creating an illusion of lightness, airiness and largeness. Install new bulbs if needed.

CLEAN AIR

Certain smells can trigger memories in a person, the scent of your home can leave a lasting impression on a potential buyer. Keep kitchen odors fresh: coffee brewing or a cinnamon coffee cake baking in the oven have a lasting, inviting effect. Keep air fresheners in closets, bathrooms and kitchen. Avoid cooking smelly foods such as fish, liver, garlic, onions, or anything fried or spicy before showing your home. Also, stay away from sharp floral scents

AIR CONDITIONING

If the weather is warm and muggy, have it operating.

PETS

If you have pets, keep cages, dishes, and litter boxes clean at all times. Pet hair should be frequently vacuumed. Doggy droppings should be scooped up from the front lawn and disposed of... And always cage or kennel pets when your house is being shown.

OPEN ALL DRAPES, SHADES AND BLINDS

Do all that you can to create a bright and light ambiance.

MAXIMIZE CURB APPEAL

Water and mow the lawn on a regular basis. Trim the trees/rake leaves/plant colorful flowers. Put the car in the garage, or park it on the street, to provide ample parking for prospective buyers.

SKEDADDLE!

Make sure you leave just prior to the showing. It makes buyers very uncomfortable to look through a property with the homeowner still there. They will rush the showing and not thoroughly look at all your home’s features.