Advice from a Realtor: The Do’s and Dont’s When Showing Your Home

kim.jpgWe’re excited to have our friend and experienced realtor, Kim Schwartz, guest posting for us today. Kim has proven to be a valuable resource to myself, Rachel, and lots of our friends in not only finding or selling a home but also in home maintenance, updating, and advice. She is passionate about her work and  excellent at what she does. I really trust Kim’s advice and hope her wisdom helps you in the future! Make sure to check out her previous guest post, Seven Steps to Take Before Selling Your Home.


showing your home

Selling a home in this market requires more than a “for sale” sign. There is a lot of competition, and if you want to get a good offer and sell quickly, home staging is essential. In my experience I’ve seen that there are simple things a seller can do or not do when they show their home that can make all the difference. Here is a simple list of Do’s and Dont’s when showing your home.

Showing Your Home: The Do’s

  • Have your home sparkling clean, dust free, and vacuumed.
  • Have fresh flowers visible (if possible).
  • Bake cookies before a showing. It gives a wonderful aroma and the buyers love to eat them.
  • Remove all pet bowls and clean litter boxes. It’s a good idea to hide the fact that you have a pet.
  • Open all the curtains and blinds to show the natural light. No one likes a dark house, unless you’re a day sleeper 🙂
  • Make your front door inviting. Add a wreath, potted plants, door mat, etc.
  • Remove all clutter, organize closets, and take down anything personal.
  • Make sure there is a HOME BOOK for agents to refer to when showing.

Showing Your Home: The Dont’s

  • Don’t put a plug in in every outlet.
  • Don’t leave a used litter box in sight.
  • Don’t schedule a showing when you’re not ready.
  • Don’t leave up personal pictures or religious signs.
  • Don’t leave candles burning.

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