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Preparing your house for a showing

So the outside of your home and any online photos have enticed potential buyers to tour the interior of your home – congratulations! You’re one step closer to selling. However, in order to impress the buyers even further, you’ll want to make sure your home is staged well and is ready for the showing. Follow the tips after the break to prepare for a showing to really knock the socks off anyone who’s touring:


Step Out

Anyone touring your home will be much more comfortable doing so if you’re not at home. Instead of feeling as though they’re walking through their future home, they’ll feel like visitors in yours. If you can’t leave your house, try to stay out of the way, in one room. Don’t follow the Realtor or buyer around the house, or “talk” them through the home. If you’re asked a question, feel free to answer, but don’t offer any unsolicited information about your home.


Pet Control

Not everyone is happy to have Fido or Fifi greet them when they walk in your door. If you’ve got pets, make sure the Realtor makes notes of this in the multiple listing service. If you can take your pets with you when you step out during a showing, that would work best, but if not, make sure dogs are fenced in the backyard, or indoors pets confined to one room, with a sign on the door.


Sweet Scents

Going along with pet control, you’ll also want to get a handle on pet odors. Shampoo carpets and try to get the pet smell out of any fabrics in your home. A good way to keep your home smelling inviting is placing a drop of vanilla on a cookie sheet and placing it in the oven, on at a low temperature – it will smell like you’ve been baking! Just avoid using air fresheners, as many people find their scents offensive, or could be allergic to the chemicals.


Keep it Clean

This may sound like a no-brainer, but make sure your home is clean and clutter-free. Make every bed in the house, don’t leave cups, paper or mail lying around on table and countertops. Thoroughly dust the house and make sure everything is in order. Also make sure the blinds or curtains are pulled backed and letting light in, it will give your home a more open, bright and inviting feel!

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