Knowing What to Show (and What Not to) in a Home Showing

You’ve made the decision to sell your home. You’ve chosen an online estate agent and you’ve settled on a price to ask.  What’s next?  You need to get your home in tip-top shape for showings.  You want to sell your home, so make it look its very best for prospective new owners.
Remove Clutter
Overall, the house needs to be clean and neat.  Pick up items that can make it look cluttered.  You don’t want it to be sparse, pristine, or austere – you want your home to give off some personality.  You don’t, however, want it to show off too much personality, especially if you happen to be somewhat of a clutter bug.  It might be a good idea to start packing – just some of the items you don’t use every day.  That can help reduce cluttered areas.  Store the packed boxes, however, in an out-of-the-way place, perhaps in the basement or garage.
The Kitchen
What is the most valuable room in a home?  The kitchen.  When readying your home for showing to potential buyers, cast a critical eye over your kitchen.  Is it inviting?  When was the last time you made it fresh and new?  How old are your appliances?  What do you look for when assessing a kitchen in your potential new dream home?  Set the kitchen table, or counter, as if expecting guests.  Put a small vase of fresh flowers on the table.  Don’t let smells from last night’s dinner stay in your kitchen and ruin a good first impression.  Clean everything and plug in an air freshener if you go outside, come back in, and still notice any unwanted smells.  Or, put some cookies in the oven to bake.  Not only will that help the kitchen give off nice baked smells, but you can also leave a tray of fresh cookies on the table for potential buyers coming through.
Treat Windows Well
Windows are another feature in the home that needs to be handled with care.  Not only do the right window treatments show potential owners how much light can be let in, or be kept out, of rooms, they can add dramatically to the aesthetic appeal of your home.  Think carefully about your home’s window coverings.  If a curtain or drape is torn or snagged, fix it – or consider investing in a new set.  It’s often the little things that combine to sell your home to its next owner.

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