Preparing for a showing is a big deal. You need to make sure the home is ready and you’re ready. There are some things you should make sure you do and some things you want to avoid doing. Here’s how to get ready for your next showing.
Things You Should Do
There are several things you should do to prepare for a showing. First and foremost, listen to your real estate agent. Any advice they have for you will help you better prepare for your showing.
Check the Exterior
The front exterior of your home will be the first impression. Make sure you don’t have trash or clutter on your lawn or anything else that doesn’t belong. You can also freshly cut the grass or rake the leaves, depending on the time of year.
Remove Interior Clutter
Clutter just makes the space look smaller and less inviting. You want to remove any clutter in your home, regardless of the room it’s found in. Make sure anything that doesn’t belong is put away or removed from the home altogether.
Set the Right Temperature
You want anybody looking at your home to feel comfortable. Setting the right temperature will help. When it’s hot outside, set your thermostat between 70 and 74 degrees. If it’s cold, set it between 72 and 76 degrees.
A few other things you should do when preparing for a showing include:
- Present a pet-free environment
- Check the windows for streaks and dirt
- Clean the floors
- Plan to be away from the home during the showing
Things You Shouldn’t Do
While there are plenty of things you should do to prepare for a showing, there are also a few things you shouldn’t do.
Be Careful What You Cook
The night before and even the morning of the day of the showing, you should be careful what you cook. Some foods tend to have a lingering odor, which can ruin the mood during the showing. Don’t plan to cook fish, bacon, broccoli, onions, garlic, cabbage or anything else with a strong smell.
Don’t Leave Medications or Valuables Behind
When it’s time for the showing, any prescription medications or valuables you won should be removed from the house. You want to remove these items because they are personal items and they may distract possible buyers from seeing your home as their home. In addition, you want to have full peace of mind in knowing these items are safe.
Don’t Take it Personally
When your agent provides feedback after the showing, don’t take it personally. You need to have thick skin when it comes to this process.
There are several things you need to do to get ready for as showing. Most importantly, listen to your agent’s advice.
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