Carla Shockey - Advantage 1 Realty - (208) 677-4663
Things I can do to prepare my home for showing.

Preparing your home for showings is essential to make a positive impression on potential buyers and maximize its appeal. Here are some things you can do to get your home ready:

  1. Declutter and depersonalize: Remove excess clutter, personal items, and family photos. A clean and depersonalized space allows potential buyers to envision themselves living in the home.

  2. Deep clean: Give your home a thorough cleaning, including all rooms, appliances, windows, and carpets. Pay special attention to areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways. A clean and fresh environment creates a positive impression.

  3. Repair and touch up: Fix any visible issues, such as leaky faucets, loose doorknobs, or cracked tiles. Also, consider touching up paint on walls or cabinets to give a fresh look. These small repairs can make a big difference in the overall presentation of your home.

  4. Enhance curb appeal: First impressions matter, so focus on improving the exterior of your home. Clean the driveway and walkways, trim bushes and trees, mow the lawn, and add fresh flowers or plants to the front entry. Ensure that the entrance area is inviting and well-maintained.

  5. Stage strategically: Arrange furniture to create a sense of space and flow. Consider rearranging or removing furniture to make rooms appear larger. Use neutral colors and tasteful decor to appeal to a wide range of buyers. Highlight the best features of each room with appropriate staging.

  6. Let in natural light: Open curtains and blinds to let in natural light. Bright and well-lit spaces feel more inviting and spacious. Replace any burnt-out light bulbs and ensure all lighting fixtures are in working order.

  7. Eliminate odors: Ensure that there are no unpleasant odors in your home. Clean carpets, upholstery, and drapes, and consider using air fresheners or diffusers with subtle scents. Avoid overpowering fragrances that may turn off sensitive buyers.

  8. Clear out personal belongings: Remove personal items such as toiletries, toothbrushes, and personal documents from bathrooms and bedrooms. Clearing out these items creates a clean and organized look.

  9. Organize storage spaces: Buyers often inspect closets and storage areas. Tidy up these spaces, remove unnecessary items, and organize them to showcase their functionality and storage capacity.

  10. Secure valuables and sensitive information: During showings, secure any valuable items, jewelry, or personal documents that could be easily accessible. It’s best to store them in a safe place to provide peace of mind.

  11. Make your home welcoming: Set the mood by creating a welcoming atmosphere. Consider playing soft background music, opening curtains to let in natural light, and adding fresh flowers or plants to create a pleasant ambiance.

Remember, the goal is to present your home in its best light and make it appealing to potential buyers. Taking the time to prepare your home for showings can significantly impact buyers’ perception and increase the likelihood of a successful sale.