Selling your Home? One Important Step to Make the Showing Prep Easier

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors


One of our lisiting clients is our dental hygenist. This week, during a scheduled cleaning, she told me her young daughter prayers everynight for their house to sell, but during her prayer quickly adds, but no showings please.


We got a kick out her words, as it really sums it up for many sellers. It's not fun to get your house ready for potential buyers within a few hours notice. Or in this case, keep your bedroom cleaned up everyday, per mom, just in case someone calls. 


Their home has only been listed a little over a week too. Imagine the frustration that builds when homes take longer to market, and this one, due to the higher price point and unique amenities, will likely be one of those. 


We think there is one important pre-listing project that can make the entire process easier. Pack and store at least one third of your belongings. Having plenty of room, and less items to pick up, works like magic. 


Allow children to pick out their most important possessions and remind them how fun it's going to be to unpack toys they haven't seen in while. Consider donating toys, games, and books that are no longer age appropriate. 


Moms and dads too, pack away things you don't need, and consider getting rid of things you don't use on a regular basis. We like the 12-month rule, if you haven't used it in the last year, out it goes. Clearing is cathartic and allows space for new energy. 


While we can't guarantee young children will enjoy sprucing up their bedrooms every morning, having plenty of room in drawers, cupboards, and closets will make it easier - for all of you. 

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Debb and Bernie - I am certain if there is a way to make that child's dream come true it's you two.  Good advice.  

Jul 19, 2019 08:50 AM #1
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Very well said by the little girl, everyone wants their home to sell, but it is often a real hassle to allow for showings.

Jul 19, 2019 09:10 AM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Great advice as usual.  I am sure her little girl will be helped by your suggestions.  Wishing you both a great weekend.  A

Jul 19, 2019 09:15 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Debb... totally agree with the "clearing out" exercise and I do it at least three times a year (even when I'm not moving or selling my home). I always feel about 5 pounds lighter when I do! I've found that when sellers have young children, the sooner you involve them, the more invested they become in the sales and showing process.

Jul 19, 2019 09:25 AM #4
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

It can be a hassle for adults but even more so for kids. May her prayer come true as quick as possible even with needed showings. Happy Friday.

Jul 19, 2019 09:55 AM #5
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - It is always a real challenge when children are involved and anything you can do to make it easier on everybody makes the process more enjoyable. 

Jul 19, 2019 12:48 PM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Debb and Bernie- from the mouths of one wants to have showings. But it's how homes are sold.  I do agree...eliminating what you no longer need, want or use is a huge step. Also packing up and storing what you won't use now can help. Off site storage is very affordable. 

Jul 19, 2019 08:15 PM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Getting rid of the unneeded stuff is always a challenge.

This is good advice for home seller.

Jul 20, 2019 07:19 AM #8
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Like the 12 month rule and wish I could get my wife to agree with me on it.  Thanks


Jul 20, 2019 09:54 AM #9
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Great advice Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  I am going to share this and also email this to my seller who is preparing their house for sale at this very moment 

Jul 20, 2019 02:49 PM #10
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

That has to be an echo spoken by Sellers of many our current overly popular Sellers Market...a day or two and that is over quickly....we long for a little more balance. Had to smile...we will be selling our Hygenist's Mom's home..!

Jul 21, 2019 02:41 AM #11
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great advice!  I am sure many sellers will appreciate it!

Jul 21, 2019 06:54 AM #12
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Your advice is perfect and makes so much sense. 

When a home goes on the market, it is very stressful and hard on children, teens, and the elderly. These are the times' agents like you and me are tested the most because we know there are a lot of emotions with the family members who live there. 

I wish you and the sellers all the best. 

Jul 21, 2019 06:13 PM #13
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Doing this is hard but it will help: "Pack and store at least one third of your belongings."

Jul 21, 2019 10:17 PM #14
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I LOL'd when I read the little girl's prayer because I've felt that way many times when we were selling our house! Your advice is great.

Jul 23, 2019 09:19 AM #15
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Cute story, but very good message - clear out as much as possible to get started and make life easier for everyone.

Jul 23, 2019 05:38 PM #16
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, great tips for homeowners, and have also suggested parents to increase the weekly allowance, or start one to promote a clean room!  

Jul 25, 2019 07:04 PM #17
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, A couple years ago I was so impressed by some peoples houses that were prepped properly;I left them a thank you note with the Starbucks card in it. I was immediately reported to my MLS for trying to steal a client by their agent. The client thought it was a nice gesture but the agent was seething mad. 

Jul 29, 2019 04:24 PM #18
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I totally agree with your tips. We rented a local storage unit to "hide" our things when our home went on sale. It truly did help us keep the house showing-ready.

Jul 30, 2019 03:14 AM #19
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Thanks for sharing this great advice.  Best wishes and continued success

Jul 30, 2019 05:28 AM #20
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