Selling Your Home: Preparation And Presentation For Positive Reactions

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Today, as I was looking for an old post I had written, I found this one written five years ago. Seems far too appropriate not to share today since the Oscars were last night.


After all the hype and anticipation, the Academy Awards are over.



All that's left now is the fashion buzz.

Who wins "Best Dressed" and who gets criticized for their poor choice in style.


"There's no such thing as bad publicity."  Negative press regarding an actor's choice of formal wear isn't all that bad because it gets them talked gets them the attention they crave and the attention they need to succeed in their business.


"The only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about."   Oscar Wilde



However, the same is NOT true when it comes to selling a home.  The last thing you want is potential buyers labeling your house "worst dressed".





When you list your home for sale, you should consider every showing as a walk down the red carpet.

Imagine thousands of people (wouldn't that be nice!) focused on every detail of your appearance....every last detail.


You only have that one chance to impress them, before they turn their attention to the next one, and then the next one after that.

Will you be the one they applaud and remember with high praise or will you be easily forgotten? Even worse....will you be the one they remember with their eyes rolling up as they make fun of you to others.

Don't be the "what were they thinking?"  listing.  

How you prepare and present your home for showings will determine whether you make a positive or negative impression!



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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sharon. Boy have you nailed this one. You certainly don't want an uch......

Feb 11, 2020 03:56 AM #13
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It is such an important step to prepare the home for showings. I also like to prepare the seller fo rtheir home to be shown Sharon Tara 

Feb 11, 2020 04:57 AM #14
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

You are absolutely correct. Preparing a home for showings can be a pain in the butt, but can certainly wind up "wowing" buyers!

Feb 11, 2020 06:01 AM #15
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So very true!  Sellers will definitely want their home to be seen as the "best dressed" since that is what will get them top dollar for their home!

Feb 11, 2020 06:07 AM #16
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a delightful comparison.  We both forgot they were even on.  Funny, we used to have big parties, but ever since politics hi-jacked the awards (the majority of them), we have not watched.  A

Feb 11, 2020 07:38 AM #17
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

So perfect Sharon, and so true, from dirt, to clutter, it all needs taking care of from the beginning.

Feb 11, 2020 07:51 AM #18
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

This is worth repeating. My pet peeve on listed homes is clutter. 

Feb 11, 2020 07:52 AM #19
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Perfect timing, Sharon, and as relevant today as it was 5 years ago. 

Feb 11, 2020 08:08 AM #20
Terrie Leighton
Ferrari-Lund Real Estate - Reno, NV
Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno

Very creative post, I love it!! First impressions are everything when selling your home, and no one wants their home to be labeled worst in show!! 

Feb 11, 2020 02:16 PM #30
Victoria Ray Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

Hi Sharon, long time since I've been active here on the Rain! Glad to see this post since I've never understood why sellers don't clean their house and get rid of clutter before listing it for sale. 

Just sweeping the porch & putting flowers in a pot make a world of difference!

Feb 11, 2020 02:55 PM #31
Sonja Patterson
Keller Williams - BV - College Station, TX
Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou

Love this, Sharon! Cleaning, de-cluttering, power-washing, and staging combine to make a first-class impression! Those homeowners that do ----close sooner and often for more $$. 

Feb 11, 2020 08:29 PM #32
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and your advice.

I noticed that this post has been reblogged a couple of times. Congratulations.

Feb 12, 2020 05:53 AM #34
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I didn't pay any attentnion to the Academy Awards, but this is a terrific analogy. Homeowners need to keep in mind the visibility their home will have in front of potentially thousands, and that many will make decisions about seeing their home, or not, based on how well they are dressed.


Feb 12, 2020 10:21 PM #37
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Clean and decluttered - it's so important in making a good first impression. I'll remember this . . . very cute analogy

Feb 13, 2020 07:27 PM #38
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Sharon Tara 

This post is as poignant as it was 5-years ago. The line I liked the best was.

"The last thing you want is potential buyers labeling your house "worst dressed".

Feb 14, 2020 06:46 AM #39
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

What a great analogy Sharon Tara. Home sellers will never have a second chance with potential buyers so it is a must to ensure they are the best dressed.

Feb 14, 2020 08:10 AM #40
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

It's all about Presentation ... good or bad -- make it or break it!

Feb 14, 2020 01:30 PM #41
Sharon Miller
RE/MAX Platinum - Crane Hill, AL


Great post! It's too bad a growing number of seller's don't yet "smell the coffee"! The mindset for an increasing number of today's's a realtor's job to take care of the particulars......I don't want to be bothered with details!

Feb 16, 2020 07:37 AM #42
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Great analogy - Thanks! -  I'm going to use this when talking to a seller who has accumulated a LOT of stuff over the years and doesn't see it as an issue.

Feb 16, 2020 11:19 AM #43
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Clever blog with the tie in to the Oscars!!  And very true--that first impression is so very important.

Feb 17, 2020 08:57 AM #44
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