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Preparing Your Home for Showings

This is the big moment! Your Affinity Realty agent has just called to make an appointment to show your home to a prospective buyer. Now, here are some top home showing tips that will really impress the buyer and increase your odds of getting an offer.

First impressions

  • Assign jobs ahead of time so the family can take action when a showing is scheduled.
  • Make sure the yard is manicured and the drive and walkways are swept clean.
  • Store garden tools, bicycles, kid's toys and athletic equipment out of sight.
  • Keep cars in the garage, not in the driveway or in front of the house.


  • Open all the window shades, shutters and draperies to let in maximum light.
  • Use the appropriate wattage in lighting - not dark and not too bright.
  • Install mirrors to magnify the feeling of light and openness.
  • Turn on lights throughout the house including the closets, basement and garage.
  • Install track lights in dark areas to provide indirect lighting.
  • For evening showings, turn on the front porch light and other outdoor lighting.


  • Everything in your home should be spotless.
  • Neatness makes a room easier to view. So, make sure all the rooms are tidy.
  • Store toys out of the main living areas - in the children's rooms.
  • In the bathrooms, clean the sinks, floors and baths. Put out fresh towels.
  • In the kitchen, put away all dishes and clean the countertops and sinks.


  • Start a fire in the fireplace in the fall or winter months.
  • Light a candle or two to create a peaceful atmosphere.
  • Keep fresh flowers and rich green plants throughout the house


  • Avoid spray fragrances or room deodorizers which may be offensive to some buyers.
  • Light a scented candle to create a pleasant fragrance.
  • Grind fresh lemon in the garbage disposal or boil cinnamon sticks to add a fresh scent.
  • Open the windows to air out the odor of strong-smelling foods, smoke or pets.


  • Play beautiful, soft, romantic, instrumental background music.
  • Everybody loves the sound of water. Turn on the garden fountains.
  • Turn off the television and radio because they are a distraction to buyers.
  • Run your washer, dryer and dishwasher at times when your home is not being shown.
  • Keep the windows closed if there is road or other exterior noise at your house.


  • Leave the house during showings and let your agent do their job.
  • Keep pets out of the way or better yet - take them for a walk during the showing.
  • Put all your jewelry and valuables out of sight.
  • Store prescription drugs in a private place.
  • Be sure the property brochures are in a conspicuous place for buyers to see.
  • Leave neighborhood information and HOA newsletters near the property brochures.
  • Don't discuss any negative features of your home with the prospective buyers.

For more information, please contact Affinity Realty today.