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What to put up before showings: A Real Estate Agent’s Guide To Listing Prep

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What to put up before Showings

When you decide to sell your home, and it’s time for showings, think of your house as a stage and the potential buyers as your audience. Just like a polished theatrical performance, a home showing should highlight the best features of your home without any distractions getting in the way. Let’s talk about how to set the scene perfectly before showing your home to make the best impression.

Clear Away Personal Items

First things first: personal items. You want buyers to envision themselves living in your home, so seeing your family photos, personal collections, or quirky keepsakes might make it harder for them to imagine it as their own space. Before showing your home, store away:

  • Family photographs
  • Personal awards
  • Collections or hobby items

Think of it as depersonalizing the space. This doesn’t mean your house has to look bare—rather, it should look welcoming and open to new possibilities.

Clean Up the Clutter

Clutter is the enemy when you’re trying to sell your home. It makes spaces feel smaller and more chaotic. Potential buyers might think, “If this is how they keep the house when they’re trying to sell it, how bad must it have been before?” To avoid this, take time to:

  • Remove shoes and coats from the front door area
  • Keep kitchen and bathroom countertops clear
  • Organize closets (buyers will peek inside)

A clean, clutter-free home feels larger and more inviting, which is a big plus when showing your home.

Stash Valuables and Sensitive Items

While most people visiting your home will be there to genuinely scout it out as a potential purchase, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Before open houses or showings, secure:

  • Jewelry
  • Important documents
  • Personal electronic devices

It’s not just about theft. Removing these items also helps protect your privacy while your home is on the market.

Freshen Up Your Space

Smells can make or break a buyer’s first impression. A home that smells fresh and clean can make potential buyers feel more comfortable from the moment they walk through the door. Make sure to:

  • Take out the trash regularly
  • Avoid cooking pungent foods before showings
  • Use neutral air fresheners or open windows to let in fresh air

Focus on the Foyer

Your front door and foyer are critical when you’re showing your home. This is the first indoor space potential buyers will see, so make sure it’s spotless and inviting. Simple touches can enhance curb appeal and make a great first impression:

  • Place a new welcome mat at the door
  • Store all shoes, boots, umbrellas, and other street gear out of sight
  • Arrange for natural lighting to fill the entryway if possible

Manage Pet Supplies

Pets are beloved family members, but not all potential home buyers are pet lovers. Before showings, make sure to:

  • Hide pet bowls and toys
  • Remove pet odors and stains
  • Consider having pets stay with a neighbor or family member during open houses

This helps keep your home smelling fresh and keeps it free from pet hair and other messes that could turn buyers off.

Prepare the Bedrooms

Bedrooms should feel calm, clean, and restful. Make sure beds are neatly made and that the overall appearance is tidy and organized:

  • Store daily necessities like clothes and toys out of sight
  • Use soft, natural lighting to create a welcoming environment
  • Open curtains or blinds to let in light and showcase windows

Conclusion: Ready to Show

Preparing your home for showings is a key step in the home-selling process. By following these tips on what to put up before showings whilecollaborating with your real estate agent. Also, check out the NAR Checklist to ensure your home makes the best possible impression on potential buyers. Remember, the goal is to make your home feel as inviting and appealing as possible, allowing buyers to envision their lives in your space. Good luck, and happy showing!

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