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2014-10-02 16:08:58
What are some tips for showings?

Below are 40 amazing tips for making your home perfect every time!

 

  1. Reduce clutter.  Sort through closets, drawers, and storage areas.  Toss what you can, organize the rest.  If you have too much furniture in your home, put some pieces in storage to make a better first impression. 
  2. Clean.  Not only should your home be spotless, it must be clean.  Apply elbow grease and strong cleansers to surfaces inside and outside of your home.  Clean the window sills.  Consider painting if cleaning doesn’t do the job.  Clean curtains and draperies, shampoo rugs and max floors.
  3. Sparkling windows are a signal to buyers that you care about your home.  Clean your interior and exterior windows.  Replace cracked panes, torn screens, broken sashes, and cords.  Whenever your home is being shown, open your curtains to let the light in. 
  4. Make minor repairs.  Tighten loose knobs; fix leaky faucets and clean or replace discolored sinks, lubricate squeaky hinges, clean out clogged drains, replace filters, secure loose shingles, fix homes in screen, tighten loose banisters, repair doors, door knobs and remove stains.
  5. Arrange furniture to make rooms appear larger.
  6. Make sure all lighting fixtures work.  Add new bulbs with the highest wattage allowed for each fixture to make the rooms brighter. 
  7. Appeal to the senses.  Create an appealing aroma.  Burn candles or pot-pourri, boil a pot of cinnamon sticks, or put a dab of vanilla on cold light blubs before turning them on.  If you have pets or if someone in your home smokes, the odors can linger and lessen your home’s appeal.  Your might not notice these smells or if you live with them every day, but an unchanged cat box or an ashtray filled with cigarette butts can mean your home will get no further attention. 
  8. Spruce up the front.  A coat of paint on the door, silver accents such as house number, a door knob, a kick plate, pruned bushes, blooming plants will make a good first impression.
  9. Make sure your doorbell works.
  10. Paint.  Light, neutral colors such as beige, white, off-white, or grey have a broader appeal and can make a small room seem larger and airier.  If you have outdated wallpaper, remove the paper and paint the walls.  Choose quality paint.  Caulk and fill nail holes before painting.
  11. Repair a leaky roof, and then paint over any water marks on the ceiling.  Don’t paint to hide a problem.  Always repair and then paint.
  12. Repair a wet basement as applicable.  The problem can be as easy to fix as installing covers over window wells.  If a moisture problem calls for more extensive repairs and you are not able to make them, be prepared to explain the problem to a buyer.  Don’t try to cover up the signs of a wet basement.
  13. Exterminate.  One bug, dead or alive, can make a bad impression on a buyer.  Call in a professional to rid your home of insects, and allow time for the smell of the pesticide to disappear before your home is shown.
  14. Organize the kitchen.  Clear off the counters.  Drawer organizers make efficient use of space.  Store seldom-used small appliances and large baking pans.
  15. Update the bath.  If cleaning and painting can’t make a dingy bath dynamite, consider replacing the vanity and sink, installing a new floor covering, or resurfacing a stained bathtub.  Even a new shower curtain or toilet seat can work wonders.
  16.   If you have a deck, patio, or other outdoor entertainment area such as pool or hot tub, make the most of the them.  Keep these areas, as well as your backyard, clean and clutter-free, put debris in covered trash cans.
  17.   Install outdoor lighting that all property illuminates your entrances, walkways, and drive.  Turn on all of those outdoor lights when your home is being shown.
  18. Put popped flowering plants by the front door.  Give shutters a fresh coat of paint.  A window box full of flowers is an inexpensive way to add an accent of color to your home’s exterior.
  19. Buy a new doormat.
  20. Pick up tools and toys from the yard.  Put garbage cans in the garbage and shut the lid.  Make sure the garbage has been swept, and try to remove any stains from the floor.
  21. Paint your mailbox and lamppost.
  22. Clean gutters and downspouts.  Straighten and paint if necessary.
  23. Depending on the season, hose down the house, walkway, and driveway once a week.
  24. Repair cracks and pull weeds from walkways and the driveway.
  25. Carpeting has a major impact on the look of your home.  If yours is badly worn, outdated or stained, consider replacing it.
  26. Hardwood floors add to the beauty and value of a home and deserve special attention.  If you live in an older home, check for hardwood floors under the carpeting.  You may be able to pull up the carpeting and refinish by simply cleaning and waxing the floors to create a classic fresh look.
  27. Ask a friend to care for your pets or take them to the kennel when your home is being shown.  Park your camper, boat, or extra car at another location.
  28. Buy or cut fresh flowers for a dramatic arrangement in any room.
  29. Take a picture – it will last longer.  If your home is surrounded by flowering or fruit bearing trees, low maintenance landscapes, and herbal or flower gardens, be sure to take pictures when everything is in full bloom.  Photographs are proof of the breathtaking view of your lawn and garden and tell prospective buyer the full story of your home no matter the season.
  30. Edge between your lawn, drive, an walkways.
  31. Remove dead leaves, limbs and other debris from lawn.
  32. Trim trees and hedges.  Prune evergreens and shrubs.
  33. Put fresh mulch around trees, shrubs, or hedges.
  34. Put away lawn equipment and gardening tools.
  35. Make sure the exterior paint and siding are in good condition, and that the roof, gutters and sprouts are in good repair
  36. Weed and cultivate flower gardens
  37. Repair fences and gates, and give them a fresh coat of paint if necessary.
  38. Mow your lawn.  For more lushness, be sure to water, mow, and fertilize it regularly.  Remove dandelions and other weeds that are visible.  A good rule of thumb for mowing is to never cut off more than one-third of the blades at a time.
  39. If you are an absentee Seller, make arrangements for lawn care.
  40. Depersonalize.  Remember, your are selling a product, and want the potential buyers to be able to visualize most, if not all, family photographs, personal memorabilia, and have enough floor and walk space available that the buyers will be able to see their own furnishings in the rooms.
 
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