How To Prepare Your Home For Showings

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How To Prepare Your Home For Showings

Getting a home ready to go on the market is a detailed and tedious process. It takes a lot of time, work, and planning. The preparation doesn't stop after photos have been taken and your home is on the market. When it’s time for showings to start don’t forget there are still a few more details to take care of in order for your home to welcome potential buyers.

 

Preparing Your Home For Showings

 

 

Temperature Setting – check your thermostat and make adjustments if needed. We all have preferences on what we consider comfortable. Try to go with middle ground – nothing too hot or too cold.

 

Allow Light To Fill Your Home – homes filled with light feel bigger and more open. Open your blinds and turn on all the lights in the home to create a welcoming environment.

 

De-Personalize – if you have any remaining photographs put them out of sight. You want buyers to picture themselves living in your home not be focused on learning more about your life there. It’s also a good idea to put personal items away for safety related reasons.

 

De-Clutter – has anything ended up back on counters or tabletops since the photographs were taken? Be sure to tuck everything away. It’s easy for items to build back up after you’ve gotten your home ready for the market. Do walk through before showings to make sure everything is in the proper place.

 

Remove Pets – pets don’t want to be left at home for showings and potential buyers don’t want them there either. It’s terrifying for animals to have strangers entering their home. Take them with you when you leave or make arrangements for them to stay with a family member or pet care facility during all showings.

 

Preparing your home for sale is equally as important as preparing it for showings. It's a continuous process to keep your home show ready. Put your buyer eyes on as you walk through the home and make it as inviting and de-personalized as possible. Allow time each day before you leave the home to properly prep for showings.

 

 

 

 




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Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group

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Joan Cox
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Amanda, excellent post, as soon as you put a new listing on the market, the best buyers will be the first ones.   That first impression is so important.  

Apr 12, 2017 06:46 AM #4
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Debbie Reynolds
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That is a great list for setting the stage on your showings. I truly dislike having to hunt for light switches in dark rooms. It is unsafe and puts the home in a bad light, no, it puts it in no light.

Apr 12, 2017 07:12 AM #5
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Nathan Gesner
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Good advice and another nice video. Have a great day, Amanda!

Apr 12, 2017 07:13 AM #6
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And the final advice is - Leave before buyers arrive!

Apr 12, 2017 08:23 AM #7
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John Wiley
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Great list for preparing a home for showing.

Yes Sellers, take the pets with you when you leave. I do not like to show a property that has a pet left in it and the instructions to not let it out of the house.

I have this fear that I will open the door and the pet runs out and I cannot get it back safe and sound. This is not a reasonable expectation for agents and buyers to deal with.

Apr 12, 2017 10:19 AM #8
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Brian England
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These are great tips!  I have had problems at times with Sellers not leaving all of the window coverings open to allow lots of light into the home.

Apr 12, 2017 10:40 AM #9
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Hi Amanda S. Davidson - Very nice job with the video! It is self explanatory. 

Apr 12, 2017 11:06 AM #10
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Hello Amanda,  Always great blogs by you here in the rain.  Make it a great day!

Apr 12, 2017 01:32 PM #11
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Hello Amanda S. Davidson,  Where is that feature button, this one is a keeper.  Make it a great day my friend.

Apr 13, 2017 06:59 AM #12
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Thank you all for your comments, I really appreciate you stopping by. So glad you liked the video, we wanted it to be simple and to the point!

Apr 13, 2017 10:43 AM #13
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Love your video, to the point and short as well. May have to copy you on this. All good points made as well.

Apr 13, 2017 12:54 PM #14
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Beth Atalay
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Hi Amanda, excellent post, great advice to all sellers. Real work is in the planning, homes must show well regardless of the market condition.

Apr 13, 2017 01:06 PM #15
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Hi Amanda

This is a terrific list of quick tips to get ready for showings. The video is excellent - short, easy to follow, and to the point. I have a checklist I share with sellers.

Jeff

Apr 13, 2017 01:26 PM #16
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Lou Ludwig
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Amanda

Your post is right on point a home should be prepared to be sold.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 13, 2017 06:12 PM #17
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Thank you all very much. They're all such simple and easy tips but, all too often they're not followed and it makes a big impact on a sale.

Apr 14, 2017 05:02 AM #18
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Good morning Amanda.  Sellers taking your advice will find the sales process going much smoother and quicker than those who don't.

Apr 15, 2017 04:49 AM #19
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Amanda 

I stopped back to bookmark your post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 15, 2017 08:14 PM #20
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Amanda - your advice is timeless and true! This is a great list with lots of good tips. You truly are living the dream and sharing your expertise with so many people, conquering the Real Estate market one yard at a time!

Apr 16, 2017 10:08 PM #21
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Sometimes it's the simple things that really make things work and sat together and put everything in a kind of unite

Apr 18, 2017 11:13 PM #22
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I should take Lou's suggestion and bookmark this post for later. Really good and valuable stuff here, as I was saying before. Lou Ludwig

Apr 19, 2017 03:31 PM #23
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