Preparing for Showings

What Makes a Home Show Well?

Showings and open houses provide opportunities for potential buyers to view your property and get a sense of what it might be like to live there.  Ideally, you want them to be impressed by what they see – and motivated to make an offer.

Although each home is different, there are a few rules applicable to all:

  • Make sure your house is neat and clean.
  • Try to make sure it does not smell of last night’s dinner, or of your pets.
  • Remove most personal items such as family pictures, and all breakable items with sentimental or monetary value.  Although it is probable nothing will happen to these items, it is far better to be safe than sorry.
  • Leave the property roughly 1/2 hour before the showing is scheduled, and return roughly 1/2 hour after it is supposed to be completed.  Do not be present for any part of the showing.
  • If possible, remove your pets.  If not possible, either kennel them, restrict them to a certain room, or make certain they are friendly.  Dogs, especially, may be friendly when you are around, but become anxious when strangers are in their house.  We should always let potential buyers know there are pets in your house before they arrive.
  • Ensure the walkway leading up to your house is clear.

Although we will initially set certain time frames during which showings will be allowed, you will always be in control.  You can alert the showing service if you need to suspend showings due to a family illness, house guests, or other temporary matters.

I would be happy to suggest things which would make your home show its very best, and to answer any questions you may have about the showing process.  You can reach me by phone, email, or by submitting the form below.

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