You never know when a prospect will ask to see your home. With our complete guide to you’ll always be prepared to show your best!

When a buyer comes to see your home, first impressions are everything. It starts right at the curb and there are no second chances. It’s absolutely essential that your home is ready to welcome them and start winning them over.

Prepare Ahead

Assign jobs ahead of time so the family can take action when a showing is scheduled.

Make sure the yard is manicured and the drive and walkways are swept clean.

Store garden tools, bicycles, kid’s toys and athletic equipment out of sight.

Keep cars in the garage, not in the driveway or in front of the house.

Brighten Things Up

Open all the window shades, shutters and draperies to let in maximum light.

Use the appropriate wattage in lighting – not too dark and not too bright.

Install mirrors to magnify the feeling of light and openness.

Turn on lights throughout the house including the closets, basement and garage.

Install track lights in dark areas to provide indirect lighting.

For evening showings, turn on the front porch light and other outdoor lighting.

Keep It Spotless

Neatness makes a room easier to view. Make sure all the rooms are tidy.

Store toys out of the main living areas, keep them in the childrens’ rooms.

In the bathrooms, clean the sinks, floors and baths. Put out fresh towels.

In the kitchen, put away all dishes and clean the countertops and sinks.

Set The Mood

Start a fire in the fireplace in the fall or winter months.

Light a candle or two to create a peaceful atmosphere.

Keep fresh flowers and rich green plants throughout the house

Clear The Air

Avoid spray fragrances or room deodorizers that may be offensive to some buyers.

Light a scented candle to create a pleasant fragrance.

Grind fresh lemon in the garbage disposal or boil cinnamon sticks to add a fresh scent.

Open the windows to air out the odor of strong-smelling foods, smoke or pets.

Control The Sound

Play beautiful, soft, romantic, instrumental background music.

Everybody loves the sound of water. Turn on the garden fountains.

Turn off the television and radio because they are a distraction to buyers.

Run your washer, dryer and dishwasher at times when your home is not being shown.

Keep the windows closed if there is road or other exterior noise at your house.

More Good Ideas

Leave the house during showings and let your agent do their job.

Keep pets out of the way or better yet – take them for a walk during the showing.

Put all your jewelry and valuables out of sight.

Store prescription drugs in a private place.