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How To Prepare Your House For A Showing

Mar 16, 2022

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How To Prepare Your House For A Showing 

 

When it comes to getting your house ready for a showing, a little bit of preparation can go a long way in impressing potential buyers.

 

Not preparing your home for sale is a common selling mistake to avoid. When your house is sold, you'll thank yourself for putting in the time and effort it takes to get your house ready. 

 

Follow these tips to get your house looking its best for a showing. 

 

SPRUCE UP THE OUTSIDE 

 

Have you heard the phrase don't judge a book by its cover? That concept goes out the window when it comes time to buy a house. The outside of your home is the first thing people see when they arrive for a showing. You can only make a first impression once, so make it a good one. 

 

Spend time sprucing up outside and removing items - like decorations or children's toys - from your yard. When you remove your personal belongings, you neutralize the space. That makes it easier for a buyer to imagine themselves living there. 

 

The other jobs you need to do depend on the season. You may need to mow the lawn, rake leaves, pull weeds, or shovel snow off the driveway. If the weather is nice, you can plant some flowers to make your home look more welcoming.

 

Don't forget to get rid of anything unsightly. Simple steps like replacing your rusty mailbox or removing cobwebs from the corners of your front porch can make a big difference. 

 

REMOVE CLUTTER 

 

Clutter is noticeable in a home. A pile of mail or some shoes on the steps are normal for an unexpected guest to see, but not for a potential buyer coming to a scheduled showing.

 

Clutter can make your home seem smaller than it is or send the message that there's not enough room to store things - no potential buyer wants that. 

 

Collect items that usually sit out on counters, dressers, or the floor. Put these items in bins, mark what room they belong to, and get them out of sight. 

 

TAKE AWAY PERSONAL ITEMS 

 

When preparing your house for a showing, less is more.

 

Since you want potential buyers to be able to visualize themselves in your house, it's best to remove personal items like family photos or your children's artwork. It will give you peace of mind to have your most valuable possessions stowed away and make your house seem more open.

 

When potential buyers can see clean counter space and pristine appliances, they can imagine what they'd do with the space themselves.

 

DEEP CLEAN 

 

Once you've decluttered and removed your items, you can get to deep cleaning. The goal is for your home to be spotless. Two of the most important rooms in a home are the kitchen and bathroom, so spend extra time making sure these spaces are clean and tidy. 

 

ORGANIZE STORAGE SPACES 

 

Potential buyers will look everywhere in your home to see if it's the right fit for them, including closets and cabinets.

 

This means the clutter you removed earlier can't just be shoved in a closet without being organized and neatly stored. Make sure your closets aren't overflowing, though, since that could be a red flag to potential buyers. It's typically a good idea to put your belongings in a storage unit or at a friend or family member's house. 

 

INCORPORATE NEUTRAL COLORS 

 

Colors evoke emotions. Neutral colors look sophisticated and aren't too distracting from your home's features.

 

Before a showing, it's time for bright accent walls and busy decor to go. Though repainting can take some time and money, you'll be glad you did it when someone puts an offer on your home! 

 

SET THE MOOD 

 

Once your house is squeaky clean, there are some last minute things you can do to freshen and brighten up your house. 


Open the blinds to showcase the natural light your house gets. This makes your house seem brighter and bigger.

 

Make sure your thermostat is set to a comfortable temperature, take out the trash, and dust one last time. Then, simmer something on the stove so your house smells fresh. Citrus peels, vanilla, and cinnamon are great options. 

 

TALK TO YOUR REAL ESTATE AGENT

 

When you aren't sure what else to do to prepare, reach out to your real estate agent for expert advice.

 

If you're ready to get started with the process of selling your home, give us a call today at 260-248-8961 to connect with an Orizon Real Estate agent!