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The Dos and Don’ts of Showing Your Home

As a home seller, you need to be on your A-game when it comes to showing your home. Even if you’ve staged your home and had great professional photos taken, it all comes down to impressing the buyer while they’re in your house. Get your home sold fast by adhering to the following tips, including what to do and not to do when a buyer is visiting for a home showing.

Do Clean Up

Kitchen cleaned for home showing

You’ve likely put a lot of effort into getting your home ready for pictures and to be put on the market. But the work shouldn’t stop there. Keeping your home looking great is important for every single showing. Make sure to clean the counters, pick up clothes, put away children’s toys, vacuum the floors, and anything else that needs to be done so your house looks just as amazing for each home showing as it does in the online listing.

Don’t Be at Home When the Buyer Arrives

This is one of the most important home showing tips. Being at home when the buyer arrives is simply awkward. And definitely don’t stay at home while the buyer is there for the showing! The buyer will feel uncomfortable and won’t be able to truly evaluate your home or talk freely about it. A good rule of thumb is to plan on being out 20 minutes before the showing is scheduled.

Do Turn On All of the Lights

This might not be a make-or-break scenario because the buyer can always turn on the lights themselves, but you don’t want the buyers to feel like any area of the home is dimly lit.

Don’t Forget About the Yard

Keeping up with the home itself can be a challenge while selling your house, but it’s important to keep the yard in great condition for home showings as well. A well-maintained yard will add to the curb appeal and provide a great first impression.

Do Let Natural Light In

Natural lighting in kitchen and living room

Opening the blinds or curtains before a showing is a remarkably simple tip that has a significant impact. Letting natural light in makes each room feel just a little bigger, which can make an impression.

Don’t Leave Your Pets at Home

Showing a home with pets can be challenging. But don’t get lazy and leave them at home, even if they’re in a kennel. Buyers could have allergies, be afraid of animals, or your pet might simply be an unpleasant distraction while the buyer is in your home. Be sure you have a plan to get your pets out of the house for all home showings.

Do Make Your Bed Every Day

Staged bedroom with bed made

For those of us who aren’t already in the habit of doing this, now’s a good time to start! You never know when someone will want to see your home. An unmade bed will make a bedroom feel messy.

Don’t Cook Anything with a Strong Scent

The last thing you need when someone is coming to see your home is for it to smell strongly of garlic, onion, or fish. Though the scent is temporary, the impression on the buyer will be lasting.

Do Set the Thermostat at a Comfortable Temperature

If you’re the type that turns off the air conditioner in the summer or the heat in the winter to save money, this is for you. Though you might be used to your home being warmer than 80°F during the summer, the last thing you want is for a potential buyer to be uncomfortable while they’re walking through your home. Accept that your utility bills will likely go up a little bit during this stretch and make sure buyers are comfortable.

Don’t Leave Closet Doors Open

Though buyers will likely open the closet doors anyway, you want their first impression of each room to be as positive as possible. Rooms with closed closets feel more tidy and organized, and closets are rarely the most aesthetically pleasing part of a room anyway.

Do “Restage” Your Home

Home office staged to sell

Even if your home was staged for a showing, you still have to live in it, so some of the staging will naturally get moved a bit over time. Take the time before showings to move everything back to its place so that your home looks its best.

Don’t Turn Away Home Showings

It’s in your best interest to be flexible about showing your home. If your agent lets you know someone wants to see the house, even if it’s at an inconvenient time, make it work! Of course, there are instances when asking for another time is fine, such as when your children are asleep for the night, but you should generally be prepared to leave the home at any time whether it’s convenient or not.

Do Double-Check the House Before You Leave

There’s a lot to do when showing your home. Make sure to walk through the entire house one more time as you’re about to leave in case you missed something small!

Don’t Let Your Home Get Out of Hand

Short-notice showings are pretty common, so don’t let your house get too messy at any point while it’s on the market. Set up some daily routines so things like dishes and laundry don’t pile up on you. It might be more work on a daily basis, but it will save you a lot of stress when the opportunities arise for you to show off your place.

There you have it! Follow these tips for showing your house so that each and every buyer who comes through experiences your home at its best!


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