Preparing Your Home For Showings

Your house has been checked, inspected, and cleaned from top to bottom. It is important to leave your home while agents are showing it to potential buyers. We recommend you leave the showing of your home to professionals for several reasons. This is done because your presence will inhibit their actions and conversations. They won’t feel free to open closets and cabinets, test out the plumbing, and discuss their observations objectively as they walk through.Buyers are more comfortable discussing the home's merits and drawbacks with their agent if you are not there; they might even feel like they are intruding if you are home. Your agent is experienced in dealing with others on your behalf and has a fiduciary duty to represent your interests in the best possible way; let them do the talking. This way, you don't accidentally volunteer information that your agent could use more strategically during negotiations.


  • Open all drapes, curtains and blinds to let in maximum light. Buyers like a house to be "light and bright," so accommodate them!
  • Turn on as many lights as possible.
  • Make sure the house smells good. Baking cookies may be overdoing it, but pet odors, smoke, or greasy cooking odors definitely will not work!
  • Air out the house just before the scheduled showing, but close the windows (unless it is a perfect day) before they arrive.
  • Set the dining room or kitchen table if you have nice linen or china.
  • Six very important words: no clutter, no clutter, no clutter! 
  • Make sure that everything is spotless. Pay particular attention to the bathrooms and the kitchen. In the bathrooms, towels should be fresh and clean, sinks and baths scrubbed, and the floor freshly cleaned. In the kitchen, make sure all dishes are put away and countertops and sinks cleaned. 
  • Check the thermostat to make sure that the house is at a comfortable temperature. 
  • Remove pets from the house, or at least, keep them outside. Pets under foot will quickly put a damper on an otherwise positive showing. 
  • Leave the house so your REALTOR is free to deal with prospective buyers in a professional manner.

TIP: When preparing your home, think about the techniques that are used to show builders' model homes. Arrange furniture so as to make rooms look larger. Choose smaller pieces and lighter colors.  
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