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Real Estate Private Sale - Preparing Your Home for Showing

For Sale by Owner? Then first impressions are really very important. Taking some time out to present your home in its best possible light can provide a big advantage when you or your sales consultant shows your home to a prospective buyer. To assist in preparing your home for sale, here are a few suggestions which may help.

Exterior Impressions
  • House paintwork in good repair.
  • House number and letterbox in easy to see position and tidy.
  • Spouting cleaned and in good repair.
  • Garage/carport clean & tidy.
  • All garbage tidied or cleared away.
  • Any cracked or broken windows repaired.
  • Hedges, shrubs trimmed, edges and lawns cut.
Front Entrance
  • Ensure the entrance is clean, tidy and uncluttered.
  • Door bell works.
General Interior Impressions
  • All chipped paint and cracked plaster repaired, wallpaper tidy.
  • Door, window, cupboard latches all open and close easily.
  • Lights all work – if needed leave some lights on to create atmosphere.
  • Heat home if weather is cool.
  • Ensure hallways/stairways tidy and clear of clutter.
  • Drapes should be open, carpets freshly vacuumed.
  • If possible have cut flowers in various rooms.
Bathroom
  • All surfaces – mirrors, fixtures, taps cleaned and polished.
  • All taps in good order.
  • Seals around bath and basin in good repair.
  • Floors cleaned garbage containers emptied.
  • Cupboards and cabinets neat and tidy.
Kitchen
  • Sinks and taps cleaned and polished.
  • All appliances cleaned.
  • Small appliances should be put away to avoid cluttered look.
  • Benches cleaned and polished.
  • Cupboards and pantry neat and tidy.
Open Days
  • Jewelry and valuables locked safely away or taken with you.
  • Valuables such as art, vases, figurines, are safely situated or locked away.
Creating an Atmosphere
Try to make your home as warm and inviting as possible by using some of the tips detailed under general interior impressions. You could also have light music playing in the background. Also if possible pets should be contained or absent during showing.


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