When preparing to show your home, ask yourself, what appeals to you when you tour homes for sale?
Houses in move-in condition tend to be inviting to buyers; houses that are typically in the best condition sell the
Fastest and procure the best price. When It’s Showtime, here are a few helpful steps you can take for
Showings Or An Open House to maximize appeal and speed up your sale:

Your House Should Always Be Available For Show Although occasionally it may be inconvenient for you, do your best to have your home ready to be shown at all times. A home that is difficult to show by agents will be shown much less and buyers will just skip your house and most likely not come back. And even if they do come back another time it will probably be with different buyers and you may have lost a chance to sell your home. If you’re normally out of the house all day, be sure to leave everything in showing condition. You don’t want to miss a potential sale because the property can’t be shown.

Try Not To Be Home Sellers should be aware that at the very least buyers feel uncomfortable when they are in the next room or hovering over them. When a homeowner is home, buyers tend not to open up and ask questions to their agent. As well they will leave the home more quickly, almost always missing one or more key features and potentially losing the sale. Buyers often won't even open closet or cabinet doors when the seller is home because they'll feel like intruders and when they cannot view a house comfortably, they'll hurry up and move on to the next one. Visit the local coffee house or take the kids to the park. If you absolutely cannot leave, try to remain in an out of the way area of the house and do not move from room to room. Generally, it is best not to volunteer any information. Realtors will highlight the positive features of your home without bias.

Light Up The House Illumination is like a welcome sign. Potential buyers will have a glowing feeling when you turn on all indoor and outdoor lights. Even during the daytime, incandescent lights add sparkle. This includes appliance, accent, closet and walkway lighting. At night a house gives a “homey” impression when viewed from the street. During the daytime, turning on the lights prevents harsh shadows from sunlight and it brightens up any dimly lit areas. Your home usually looks more homey and cheerful with the lights on.

Your Home Has To Smell Good To Look Good To Buyers Homeowners become accustom to the smell of their own home. Get an objective evaluation as to how your house smells. Have a neighbor come in and smell the house. You might tell them that you have been smelling something and wondered if they could smell it too; that would encourage them to tell you the truth. They might tell you what nobody has - that your house smells musty, from cigarettes or pets. No matter how nice a house may look, no one would pay top dollar for a house that doesn't smell good. If odors of mustiness, cigarettes or pets are evident in a room, a neutralizing solution will sometimes work otherwise you may need to replace the carpeting. If your basement smells musty, run a dehumidifier as much as necessary to get rid of the dampness and dry out the air. There is nothing better than a thorough house cleaning to remove house odors. Fill the house with inviting smells by putting out fresh flowers and baking a batch of cookies just before the open house or light candles but just be careful with oil fragrance or potpourri and air fresheners that they are not offensive.

Let The Sun Shine In Open drapes, curtains, shutters, blinds and let the light in and show how bright and cheerful your home can be. Buyers like light, airy spaces which make a house feel spacious and bright.

Take Tigger For A Ride Having pets are wonderful except when showing your house. If you have pets, take them with you during showings or keep them confined. Some buyers might not feel comfortable around your four-legged friends.

Safeguard Your Valuables As a smart seller, you know that before a showing, you must hide all easily portable valuables! This includes jewelry, cash, collectables, prescriptions, weapons, iPads, tablets, watches and small antiques and any important, personal documents or photographs you wish to not have video recorded. Although the real estate salesperson will be on site during the open house, it’s impossible to watch everyone all the time.

Set The Tone Have a little soft classical music, smooth jazz or light rock in the background to create the mood.

Make Sure Your Home Sparkles Buyers won't notice if your home is spotlessly clean, but they will notice if it isn't. Hire a cleaning service. A spotlessly clean home is essential; dirt will turn off a prospect faster than anything.

First Impressions Are Everything Make sure your lawn & flower beds are neatly manicured. Toys & yard equipment put away. Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression.

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