Preparing for a showing truly is more work ahead of time than it is to hurry up and pick up all of your stuff, deep clean your house, mow your entire yard, decide where you are going for the showing, and oh yeah what about the pets? in the 12-24 hour notice, you may have for a showing. Keeping your belongings organized, and clean on a routine basis, make sure your yard gets mowed on a regular basis, make arrangements for pets, if necessary, and also find a convenient place to go for each showing should all be done ahead of time. After the big work is done, the following tips can be utilized to have your home show ready every time.

  • Turn all the lights on, even the outside lights.

    • Having a well-lit home gives the buyer the best look at all aspects of the home. Plus, the agent showing your home may not be familiar with all your switches, and having them on is a big plus.

  • A quick clean

    • Extensive cleaning is not necessary, wiping down flat surfaces and ensuring your floors are clean should be the only crucial cleaning items before the potential buyer arrives.

  • Scents, one good mild scent

    • Many items are available to add ONE UNIFORM SCENT to your home including scented candles, wax melts, plug-in air fresheners, and essential oil diffusers. Please remember that you can overdo it, having too many scents can deter and distract a buyer, you only need one or two items to give off a scent.

  • Keep all steps, stairways, and hallways clear of hazards.

    • It is essential that a buyer can freely access most areas of your home. Blocking access through your home can become a trip hazard and also frustrating for both the agent and buyers.

  • Tidy up the bathrooms. 

    • A quick wipe down of the sinks and countertops, ensuring the floors are clean and a double check of the toilets and showers should be all you need to do.

  • Check your yard.

    • A walk around the house to check for downed branches, kids' toys, and pet waste will make a huge difference after these items are corrected.

  • Keep pets out of the way.

    • It is preferred that your pets are not present however sometimes this is not possible. Having your pets away from the main areas of your home and contained may be your second option. Pet noise is also something that should be considered, one type of prospect is annoyed, and the other gets attention diverted.

  • Turn off the radio or television while your home is being shown.

    • It may be tempting to set the mood for the buyer coming through, however, no noise is a good option as sounds can avert a buyer's attention as they walk through the home.

  • Leave the house.

    • Have as few people as possible in the home during showings. It is best if no one is at home. Also, make sure that no one will be stopping by or coming back home during the showing.

  • Keep the drapes and shades open.

    • Allowing more light into the home gives a cheerful, bright, and airy effect. Providing a to the outside also can expose a gorgeous view plus to visual line outside makes a home feel larger.

  • Leave the showing to the professional.

    • It is the agent’s duty to show your home to their client. Each agent knows their client best and understands the items that are most important to the buyer. In addition, a seller should not discuss anything concerning the sale of their home with a prospect.

  • HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOUR MERRITT REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL

    • They have been there, done it, rode it, skied it. They truly know what they are doing and that is why you entrusted your largest financial asset to us.