How Do I Prepare My Home for Showings?

Make your home attractive to buyers and the open market.


Are you looking to sell your home this summer? We are still in a strong seller’s market, but there’s a widening gap between homes that are ready for the market and those that aren’t. If you want your home to stand out and sell quickly, you need to make it as appealing as possible. Today, I’m going to share some essential tips to help you prepare your home to sell quickly and for top dollar. 

1. Take care of minor repairs upfront. Right now, buyers are concerned about higher interest rates and affordability. As a result, they want to put as much money down to lower their monthly payments. Fixing small issues like a leaky faucet, chipped paint, or broken tiles can make a big difference. Addressing these repairs shows buyers that your home is well-maintained and moving-ready. Even in a normal market, taking care of cosmetic repairs is a good idea, but with rising interest rates, this step is more important than ever. 

2. Do some staging. Think about a model home: It’s clean, standardized, and impersonal. Your goal should be to create a similar environment. Depersonalize your space by removing unique furniture, family photos, and brightly colored walls. If your home is vacant and empty, talk to our team about virtually staging your house. This will help potential buyers imagine themselves living in your house. A neutral, well-staged home appeals to a broader audience and creates a neutral atmosphere. Plus, by packing everything away, you’ll make moving easier once you sell your house. 

3. Have a plan for children and pets. Your showings can be disrupted if pets or young children are present. Instead, work with your agent to create a showing schedule with blocks of time when your home is ready for buyers. I recommend putting dogs in kennels just for the short time when you’ll be having showings. Managing your pets and children might be a little work, but it’s worth it to keep your house in the best condition when buyers are viewing it. 

"A well-priced home will attract more showings and potential offers."

Here are some bonus tips:

  • Boost the curb appeal of your home by maintaining a well-manicured lawn. Trim the bushes and showcase the beauty of blooming flowers in your home to create a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Declutter and deep clean your home. Donate or sell unnecessary items, and deep clean every room. 
  • Improve the lighting and ambiance of your home. Keep your home well-lit by opening the curtains and blinds to let in natural light. Use soft, neutral sounds to create a natural atmosphere. You’ll be amazed by what a well-lit and inviting home can do to make your home more attractive to potential buyers.

If you’re working with a real estate agent, make sure that these last two tips are part of their marketing strategy. 

  • Have your home professionally photographed. High-quality photos can make your listings stand out online. 
  • Price your home competitively. This is one of the most important tips of all. Work with your real estate agent and come up with a competitive price based on comps in your area. A well-priced home will attract more showings and potential offers.

If you want a detailed showing plan or list of repairs to make before you list your home, please call (301) 215-2183 or email me at [email protected]. I’d love to help you navigate this housing market!

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