20 Simple Steps for a Stellar Home Showing

First impressions can make a big difference when selling your home. A buyer wants to imagine themselves at home from the first time they see a home for sale. Knowing that, how can you show your home in the best light?

Wendy Weeden, Denver REALTOR®, offers 20 tips for sellers on how to best show your home. 

Make a Great Impression Showing your Home

  1. First impressions are lasting. The front door greets the prospect. Make sure it’s fresh, clean, and free of dings and scratches.
  2. Keep lawn trimmed and edged in the summer and shoveled in the winter. Walks, steps, and driveways must be clear of debris.
  3. Decorate for a quick sale. Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce appeal. Why try to tell the prospect how your home could look when you can show him/her by redecorating. A quicker sale at a higher price will result.
  4. Let the sunshine in. Open drapes and blinds and put in bright lightbulbs.
  5. Fix the faucet. Dripping water discolors sinks and suggests faulty plumbing.
  6. Repairs can make a big difference. Loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped drawers and other minor flaws detract from home value. Have a pre-inspection and have them fixed!
  7. From top to bottom. Remove all unnecessary articles and declutter from basement to attic to closets and countertops
  8. Safety first. Keep stairways clear. Avoid clutter & possible injuries
  9. Make closets look bigger. Organize and tidy up for space
  10. Bathrooms help sell homes. Check and repair caulking. Put away your valuables!
  11. Arrange bedrooms neatly. Remove excess furniture and freshen the bed linens with attractive colors, no fading.
  12. Can you see the light? Turn on all lights for showings.
  13. Three’s a crowd. Limit the number of people during a showing so the prospect isn’t hurried.
  14. Music is mellow. Turn off the tv shows and turn on soft music
  15. Pets underfoot. Keep them out of the way and out of the house preferably. Did you do poop patrol outside?
  16. Silence is golden. Be courteous but don’t force conversation with the prospect. Better yet, don’t be in the house!
  17. Be it ever so humble. Never apologize for the appearance of your home, but it really should be show ready!
  18. Why put the cart before the horse? Trying to dispose of furniture and furnishings to the potential buyer before he/she has purchased the house often loses the sale.
  19. A word to the wise. Don’t oversell. The home will sell itself!
  20. Remember the Golden Rule. Treat your prospect the way you want to be treated. You’ll never go wrong!

Wendy Weeden is a highly sought out, multi-state REALTOR for EXIT Realty in Denver, Colorado.