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Since 1996

Preparing Your Home for Showing

With buyers, first impressions count. A small investment in time and money will give your home an edge over other listings in the area when the time comes to show it to a prospective buyer.

Here are some suggestions that will help you get top market value:

The First Impression The Spacious Look

Curb Appeal

  • Cut lawns
  • Trim shrubs and lawns
  • Weed and edge gardens
  • Pick up any litter
  • Clear walk & driveway of leaves
  • Touch up exterior paint
  • Repair gutters and eaves
  • Pressure wash driveway/sidewalk
  • Put garbage cans in garage or out of sight

General Maintenance

  • Oil squeaky doors
  • Tighten doorknobs
  • Replace burned out lights
  • Clean and repair windows
  • Touch up chipped paint
  • Repair cracked plaster
  • Repair leaking taps and toilets

The First Impression

  • Clean and tidy entrance
  • Functional doorbell
  • Polish door hardware


The Spacious Look

  • Remove clutter (often a problem)
  • Put toys away neatly
  • Clear counters and stove
  • Clear stairs and halls
  • Make closets neat and tidy
  • Store excess furniture

Spic and Span

  • Shampoo carpets
  • Clean floors
  • Clean washer, dryer and tubs
  • Clean fridge and stove
  • Clean and freshen bathrooms
  • Clean furnace

The Buying Atmosphere

  • Be absent during showings
  • Open drapes in the daytime
  • Turn on lights
  • Light fireplace, if applicable
  • Keep pets outdoors
  • Light a scented candle
  • Play quiet background music

Is your house staged to sell?