5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Showing
Published on October 30th, 2020

When selling your property, the home showing is one of the most critical events in the process. During the showing, you want your home to be in pristine condition. You want your property to stand out from others that are currently on the market. To make sure your showing is a success, there are several things you can do.

Here are five ways to make your home showing ready

1. Remove the Clutter

Clutter throughout your home is going to make your property not only look poorly maintained, but small and crowded as well. By removing the clutter, you will create a home that appears, large, open, and clean.

Keep in mind that removing clutter is more than hiding the current paper piles laying around your home. You want to remove unused and unessential furniture items around your house. Clear out all closets and cupboards as buyers will likely look in these areas. Keep all counter-tops clear of items and if you truly want to store items on your counter, keep it to a minimum of three items such as a coffee maker, a set of knives, and a microwave. In the bathrooms, only allow hand washing essentials such as soap to sit on the counter-top.

2. Throw Away All Outdoor Waste

Do you have a large pile of branches sitting in the corner of your property? What about old bikes, balls, etc.? These are small things but can become big eyesores for buyers. Spend some time removing all outdoor waste including landscaping items as well as old and unused belongings. A little time spent outside clearing out garbage will make a difference in the curb appeal of your property.

3. Don’t Forget the Windows!

During a showing, you want to let in as much light as possible. A home that is well lit is inviting and welcoming. It is much more appealing than a dark and dreary space. It is important to turn on all lights throughout your home and open all windows to let it in as much natural light as possible. However, because you are making the glass panes visible, you must take the time to clean both the inside and outside of the windows. Remove all fingerprints, dirt, and water spots from the windows. If your window treatments are dusty, spend time cleaning those as well.

4. Watch Out for Unpleasant Smells

Buyers will be immediately turned off if your home has an unpleasant smell. Before a showing, pay attention to any smells that may occur from cooking, pets, and other substances. If you do not notice the smells or are worried about it, ask a friend or neighbour to come inside and check for any unusual odours.

5. Spruce Up Your Entryway

The front porch is the entryway into your home. If this area of your property is in excellent condition and well maintained, potential buyers will be anxious to step inside and see the remainder of your home. Spend some time prior to your showing to spruce up this area of your house. A few tasks to consider include:

  • Sweep both your front porch and entryway well
  • Remove all signs of bugs such as spiderwebs, dead bugs around lights, etc.
  • Add trendy decor such as a wreath, some flowers, etc.
  • Lay down rugs on both sides of the door

Most buyers are looking for a property that is show-ready. With the above five ideas, you will create a property that appeals and impresses.

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