PREPARING FOR BUYERS

PREPARE FOR SHOWINGS

  • Expect short notice and maintain your home in ready-to-show condition as described in the previous page as a guide
  • Increase the buyers’ comfort level by giving them privacy by leaving or stepping outside and maintaining your distance
  • Showcase your home as if you were receiving guest: put out fresh flowers, guest towels, and remove any pet or cooking odors
  • Secure medications, valuables, and weapons
  • Turn off television programs, but create ambience by playing soft instrumental music.

MAXIMIZE CURB APPEAL

  • Implement a seasonal grounds cleanup
  • Create interest and add color by planting blooming flowers and shrubs
  • Repaint any faded or peeling exterior wood or siding
  • Trim shrubs or trees, especially those that touch the roof or extend over walkways and pools
  • Keep exterior holiday decorations to a minimum

LIGHT SELLS HOUSES

  • Clean light fixtures, remove any coil type light bulbs, install standard maximum wattage bulbs as recommended by the manufacturer
  • Clean windows and open drapes and blinds
  • Leave lights on as much as possible during the day: lamps, niche lighting, and spotlights give your home a cozy feel

SPRUCE UP THE INTERIOR

  • Touch up interior paint or repaint entire rooms as necessary
  • Clean carpets to remove stains and odors – repair and re-stretch if necessary
  • Re-caulk bathroom tubs and showers
  • Make sure all doors, including closet doors, open freely and latch securely
  • Maximize kitchen and bathroom counter space by clearing countertops
  • Keep interior holiday decorations to a minimum