You’ve received a phone call that someone wants to see your home after seeing it in the MLS. What should you do to get your home ready for the showing? Assuming you’ve worked with your agent on properly staging and preparing your home for professional photos and listing in the MLS, here are some easy steps that will help you to get your home ready for showings.
First, make your home light and bright! Turn on all of the lights in your home, and open all of the curtains and blinds on your windows. Buyers love to see bright, well-lit homes, and these quick steps will show off your every corner of your beautiful home.
Second, maximize curb appeal! Sweep out your front entryway, make sure the front yard is landscaped and free of any debris, and turn on any water features you may have in your backyard, to show off your pool and/or spa. This will help the buyer visualize how to enjoy these spaces if they purchase your home.
Third, declutter! Do a quick sweep throughout your home to remove any and all miscellaneous items from floors and countertops that don’t belong in those areas. Buyers want to be able to envision themselves in the spaces in your home, so removing distractions of your personal items is the best way to achieve this. One suggestion is to keep an empty laundry basket handy before showings, so you can corral any clutter quickly and then stash in a closet.
Finally, spot clean! Do a quick wipe down of your bathroom counters, toilets and mirrors (Windex wipes are fantastic for this), to make these areas sparkle. Again, the goal is to have buyers imagine living in your home, so keeping these personal areas sparkling clean will go a long way toward this goal.
I’d be happy to give you more tips to help you maximize the effect of showings specific to your home, but this checklist should be a good start.