A home showing is a great way to get people in the door and, oftentimes, can generate multiple offers. The key, though, is being prepared — not every showing will draw potential buyers or be a home-run. Here are some helpful tips for a successful showing.

Eliminate clutter and organize
If it’s in your home, a prospective buyer is likely going to look at it. That includes your closets, furniture and even your junk drawer! This is the perfect time to declutter, clean up, get rid of junk (hey, we’re not judging…we have it, too!) and reorganize your furniture to make sure your home looks its very best. Don’t have the time or need help? Work with your agent to see if there are cleaning services, stagers or other professionals who can help give your home that wow factor.

Handle any necessary cosmetic work
When you’re cleaning your home, you may find some chips in the paint, scuffs on the wall or other things that need attention. This is the perfect time to touch up the paint, cut the grass and give your home a little bit of TLC. Talk to your agent and see what updates they recommend. Little things do make a difference (and prospective buyers are looking at them!).

We love your pets, but….
Make plans for them. They shouldn’t be there during a showing – they may get loose or a prospective buyer may be allergic. Maybe a friend or a relative can watch them? How about a grooming session for your fur baby? Whatever it is, we recommend making arrangements for your pets.

Appeal to the sense
Whether it’s a fresh vase of beautifully-smelling flowers or freshly baked cookies, it will make your home feel more inviting and welcoming.  Your agent can give you a few suggestions on how to appeal to your prospective buyer’s senses.

Go away
We mean that with love! It is tempting to stay, but you’d be doing yourself a huge disservice. You want prospective buyers to feel at ease, comfortable in your home. Your presence may have the opposite effect (think of the car salesman when you’re check out the lot for a new car—does that make you comfortable?). Treat yourself to a coffee at Starbucks, yoga class at the gym or spending time with family at the movies. Whatever makes you happy….and keeps you out of your home for a few hours.