Tips For Preparing Your Home For A Showing

Posted on: 28 February 2017

When you are in the process of preparing your luxury home for sale, there will come a point where you'll need to get the home ready for a showing. As you scramble to get everything ready for a potential buyer and their agent to walk through your home, there are some things you should keep in mind to make sure the showing goes well.

Declutter

You're currently living in your home, but that doesn't mean that the home needs to look like how it is every single day. If you have problems with clutter, now is the time to get rid of it. To a buyer, clutter can look like you don't have enough space. Either by not having enough rooms to fit your needs, or not having enough storage to keep things out of sight. Take the time to declutter, and your home will look much better at first glance to those that are looking to buy.

This may also be the best time to purge as well. If you find yourself stuffing things into closets, buyers will see that when they start checking out how much closet space you have. Purging will prevent you from having to move things you don't need once you sell.

Hide Your Pets

Pets can really be a hit or miss when it comes to a showing. While it's possible that a seller could think that your pet makes a house feel like a home, there is more damage that they can cause than good. People can be allergic to a pet, so you don't want them to think about the challenge of trying to clean the home of all pet hair once they move into it. Pets can also cause damage, in the form of carpet stains for instance, and it may cause the buyer to look for these things during the showing.

Leave The Home

One thing that will certainly make for a bad showing is not leaving the home. If the buyers are unable to discuss the home candidly because you are there for the showing, it may make them weary about making an offer on the home. They will be unable to focus on the things that matter while they are at the house, and forget those talking points one they leave. There is no benefit for you being home at the showing, since an agent will be with them to ensure that things go smoothly.

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