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Putting your home on the market is only the first step. You still have to find the right buyer, and that might take quite a few showings. Certainly in the first few weeks of your home being on the market, you can expect buyers to want to see your home dozens of times. When the market is hot, a home can have a hundred or more potential buyers in the first week. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to help your showings work for you:


  • Clean the home from top to bottom. Buyers will look under your sinks, in your closets, and behind your furnace.
  • Make the front of your home as appealing as possible – we call this “Curb Appeal.” Mow the lawn, wash the windows, rake the leaves, remove toys and excessive lawn furniture.
  • Send your pets to a friend’s house. No matter how friendly Fluffy is, not everyone likes dogs or cats or lizards.
  • Get out of the house. Buyers and their agents will be uncomfortable critiquing your home with you present.


  • Leave your valuables out on display. Put away your laptop and jewelry. Ditto your bank statements and check book.
  • Fill your home with photos. One or two is fine, but too many will keep the potential buyers from imaging this as their home.
  • Hide everything in the closet. Buyers will open the doors.
  • Spray air freshener. It doesn’t hide odors. It just alerts visitors to the fact that you’re trying to hide odors.
  • Leave your medications out. Aside from your medical history being private, you certainly don’t want to reach for your blood pressure pills and discover they’ve been taken.

Got a question about how to prepare your home for a showing? Your Realtor can help!

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