Are You Preparing Your House For Showings? Use My Free Quick Guide!

Dated: June 4 2020

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A Quick Guide to Preparing for Showings

The Goal: For your home to impress buyers more than any other. When buyers are viewing your home, they will be accompanied by their Realtor. They will most likely be looking at 5-7 homes in a short time period. We need to make sure your home stands out from the pack as their favorite. I ask that you not be home for showings because it tends to make potential buyers uncomfortable. If you have pets, it would be a great t to take them to the park.

 

Preparing Your Home: I ask that you do all the things on the list below prior to leaving your home before a showing.

 

Curb Appeal: It is important that the home’s curb appeal be all that it can. Otherwise potential buyers may not even stop. Here’s a few things to make the yard and the front of the home look its best.

·      Keep the lawn mowed, but not too short. Set the blade on high to keep grass looking full.

·      Turn the sprinklers on for half an hour turning them off just before you leave the house. This will make sure the lawn looks as healthy as possible.

·      Trim the hedges, especially any that protrude into walkways.

·      Put away any items that are stored in front of the home (hose, shoes, toys, etc…).

·      Clean windows.

 

Staging: Staging always involves cleaning & decorating, but since people will be in your home rather than just looking at photos this time, there are a few extra steps too.

·         Clean, mop, and dust.

·         Put away clutter.

·         Put away any countertop appliances, magnets, and visible food in the kitchen.

·         Put away personal items in the bathroom (toothbrush, razors, bath poofs, etc…).

·         Clean mirrors & faucets in baths & kitchen.

·         Hang nice, unused towels in bathrooms and kitchen.

·         Clean up/organize utility room & garage.

·         Put away all clothes neatly and make all closets, including linen & utility, as organized as possible.

·         Remove anything someone could trip over (rugs, wires, etc…).

·         Make beds & vacuum furniture.

·         Hide all evidence of pets, ashtrays.

Appeal to the senses: Since people will be entering your home, it is important that we appeal to all their senses, not just sight.

·         Turn on all the lights in the house.

·         Make sure all light bulbs work.

·    Don’t cook anything with a strong odor or smoke inside if you know you have a showing the next day.

·         Set the A/C at 76°

 

Security: The final preparation I would like you to make for showings is to put away any items that are valuable, fragile, or dangerous. This includes:

·         Jewelry

·         Cameras, Camcorders, IPODs, PDAs, Laptops

·         Collectibles

·         Vases, Crystal, Glassware, Figurines

·         Canvas art that isn’t behind glass

·         Any weapons

 

Showings will typically be scheduled in 2-3 hour intervals, but this may vary. If any of the showing instructions we have discussed for your home change, please call me immediately.

 

If you have any questions please give me a call.

 

Shawna Calvert

Cell:509-294-6818

Email:shawna@relocatingtoparadise.com

https://shawnacalvert.alignrightrealtysouthshore.com/

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Shawna Calvert

Shawna has spent a lifetime working in various capacities in the healthcare field of Senior Living Management and Operations. She continues in this passion for Seniors and their families as she volunt....

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