Right Before a Showing: Prepare Your Home

No matter what type of real estate market we are in, every showing counts. Invest a few minutes before each showing to ensure your home stands out above the rest:

Showing Guidelines:

  • Respond promptly to requests to show your home
  • Always vacate the property while it is being shown
  • Never talk about why, when or where you are moving with anyone but your agent
  • Remember other agents are representing the buyers, so ask them to call your agent if they have questions or if they want additional information
  • For your safety, the security of your property, and for tracking purposes, always insist that agents use the lockbox, even if you are home.
  • Do not show your home to buyers who stop by without an agent; ask them to call your agent to schedule a showing
  • Do not engage in conversation with potential buyers if possible

Before the showing, take 15 minutes to prepare:

  • Turn on all lights and open drapes and blinds
  • Play quiet background music
  • Keep pets off-premise if possible or secure them in crates or outside
  • Infuse your home with a pleasant, natural aroma
  • Keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter
  • Pick up debris (newspapers, clothes, toys, etc.)
  • Tidy kitchen by clearing countertops, putting away dishes, and taking out the trash
  • Tidy bathrooms by flushing toilets, closing toilet lids, shining fixtures, wiping counters, hanging towels neatly, and emptying the trash
  • Tidy bedrooms by making beds and stashing any overflow items in a box under the bed or in a box in the closet
  • Sweep front entry and walkway
  • Close garage door and turn on garage lights

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