Seller’s Advice: Your Checklist for An Impressive Showing

Keep your home show-ready with these nine tips:

  1. Eliminate Clutter: Not only is clutter unattractive, it’s time-consuming to sort through and expensive for you to move. If you have a lot of stuff, collections, and family mementoes, you would be better off renting a storage unit for a few months.
  2. Keep, donate, throw- away: Go through your belongings and put them into one of these three baskets. You’ll receive more in tax benefits for your donations then pennies on the dollar at a garage sale. It’s faster, more efficient and you’ll help more people.
  3. Remove temptation: Take valuable jewelry and collectibles to a safety deposit box, a safe, or store them at a secure location.
  4. Remove breakables: Figurines, china, crystal and other breakables should be packed and put away in the garage or storage.
  5. Be hospitable: You want your home to look like a home. Stage it to show the possibilities, perhaps set the table, or put a throw on the chair by the fireplace with a bookmarked book on the table.
  6. Have a family plan of action: Sometimes showings aren’t convenient. You can always refuse a showing, but do you really want to? If you have a showing with little notice, get the family engaged. Everyone has a basket and picks up glasses, plates, newspapers, or anything left lying around.
  7. Remove prescription medicines: Despite qualifying by the buyer’s agent, some buyers have other intentions than buying your home. It’s also a good idea to lock your personal papers such as checkbooks away. Do not leave mail out on your desk.
  8. Get in the habit: Wash dishes immediately after meals. Clean off countertops. Make beds in the morning. Keep pet toys and beds washed and smelling fresh.
  9. Clean out the garage and attic: Buyers want to see what kind of storage there is.
  10. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. For tax, investment or ownership advice we suggest you contact an attorney or certified public accountant.


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