Simple Tips For Better Home Showings

Make your home more appealing for yourself and potential buyers with these quick and easy tips

  1. Remove clutter and clear off counters. Throw out stacks of newspapers and magazines and stow away most of your small decorative items. Put excess furniture in storage.  Don’t forget to clean out the garage, too.
  2. Keep everything extra clean. A clean house will make a strong first impression and send a message to buyers that the home has been well-cared for.
  3. Get rid of smells. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells.
  4. Brighten your rooms. Put higher wattage bulbs in light fixtures to brighten up rooms and basements. Clean the walls, or better yet, brush on a fresh coat of neutral color paint.
  5. Don’t disregard minor repairs. Small problems such as sticky 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.
  6. Add a touch of color in the living room. Buy new accent pillows for the sofa or throw for the couch.
  7. Set the scene. Create vignettes throughout the home to help buyers picture living there.
  8. Accentuate the fireplace.
  9. Make the bathrooms feel luxurious. Put away those old towels and toothbrushes.  Add a new shower curtain and new towels.  Make sure your personal toiletry items are out of sight.
  10. Send your pets to a neighbor or take them outside. If that’s not possible, crate them or confine them to one room and let the buyer know where they’ll be to eliminate surprises.
  11. Lock up valuables, jewelry, and money.
Reprinted from REALTOR® magazine ( with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.