When Your Home is Shown

  • Curb appeal: Buyers form their first impression when they drive up to your home
    • Lawn: Depending on the season the lawn should be mowed and edged, the leaves should be raked, and in winter it is very important the driveway and walks are shoveled and salted.
    • Have an exterior light on so buyers can see where they are walking and the home will feel more welcoming
    • Trim the hedges
    • Wash or paint the front door
  • Make sure the home is welcoming and bright
    • Open draperies and blinds
    • Turn on lights
  • Keep your home in showing condition at all times
    • Make all of the beds
    • The kitchen should be spotless - no dishes in the sink or on the counter. Food should be stored in the cabinets or pantry.  This is the most important room!
    • Keep counters as clutter free as possible
    • Clothing must be put away or in a laundry basket stored out of sight
  • Keep a low profile
    • It is best to leave the home for a showing, if you must be there try to be in a room that is out of the way
    • Make arrangements for pets. Many buyers are frightened or allergic to pets.
  • Be sensitive to all odors, especially pet or cooking smells
  • Remove or carefully store all valuables
  • Remove or carefully store any medications
  • Remove any toys or children's items tempting to small hands
  • Remember the buyer's Realtor works for the buyer. Refer all questions to the listing agent.