Getting a home ready to list takes some effort, but if you try to use some of these tips you will make sure your home shows its most beautiful when it's ready to go on the market!

  • Declutter & Depersonalize  You’ve certainly heard this before, but we see the effects of too much “stuff” on potential buyers a million times. It’s not that your personal belongings are bad, it’s that they distract buyers from the important thing – your house.
  • Pets – We all love our furry friends, but not everyone else does. From allergies to fears to smells – pets can kill a deal before the buyer even enters the door.  Keep the home smelling fresh and put animals in kennels or remove from the house for showings.
  • Odors – Whether from Fido, that fish curry you ate last night, water damage, smoke, or your teenager’s sports gear, odors are the last thing you want on a buyer’s mind.
  • Good Smells – Cookies, scented candles, Glade plug-ins, reed diffusers. Think clean scents like oceans, laundry, and spring.  Don’t overwhelm them, even if the smells are nice.
  • Fix It – Some buyers are easily distracted by the little details like squeaky hinges or burned out bulbs. Or worse, worried that it’s just the start.
  • Carpets – If they’re dirty, rent a steam cleaner and freshen them up. If you can afford it, replace them if they’re in really bad shape.
  • Landscaping – Plant flowers and keep in mind that green grass truly sells homes. Cut the shrubs, and clean up debris from the yard.
  • Beds and Laundry – Make the bed every day, you never know when you might get a showing. Put away laundry right away and just keep things fresh.
  • Be Prepared -–Save yourself the hassle of running around at the last minute by keeping things neat and tidy all the time. Cancelled or rescheduled showings often lead to a loss of a potential buyer in today’s market.
  • Outside – Pressure wash and clean these outdoor surfaces … especially those in the front of the house. Give the buyers something shiny and clean to look at from their first step.
  • Welcome – Leave a bowl of candy or some bottled water near your kitchen counters with flyers.
  • Leave the House – Buyers get uncomfortable around sellers and tend to hurry through the appointment. Give them the space to enjoy the home.  If you’re at home, take a walk around the block or go for a quick drive.
  • Signs – If you have light switches that are hard to figure out or something special about your home someone might not notice (a secret passage behind a bookcase for instance), put up a sign. Buyers appreciate the help.
  • Keys and Access – If a room, your shed or detached garage is locked, provide a key for the lockbox or so buyers aren’t left wondering what you are hiding.
  • Keep the A/C Running – Leave buyers with a refreshed, pleasant feeling where they feel comfortable staying a while, not rushing to leave.
  • Lights - If you know you have showings, turn on all your lights. Buyers and agents enjoy homes much more when the lights are on.
  • Open the Blinds – Natural light is good for the human brain. Give buyers as much of it as possible.  Open blinds and set the slats so they are parallel to the ground.
  • Think Like a Buyer – Remove yourself from your home and enter it again with a buyer’s mind. Try and be critical and see what a potential buyer might see. Invite over a friend if necessary for an extra set of eyes. Find problems before the potential buyer does and it becomes a non-issue.
  • Safety First – Hide or remove all prescription medications. Lock up important documents.  The reality is that you will be allowing strangers into your home and you want to do what you can to minimize your personal risk and exposure.
  • Closets and Cabinets -– Buyers will open them up, so don’t leave these out of the cleaning/sprucing process. Buyers may be just a little put off by having boxes or shoes fall on their heads!