Preparing to Sell

When your home is put on the market, agents from different real estate firms will want to show it to their clients.  It is important to allow for as many opportunities for your home to be shown as possible.  A Breathe Easy Realtor will work with you to schedule open houses for interested buyers.  We suggest that you also allow   agents to call and schedule individual showings. If you are not frequently available, it is suggested that you allow a lockbox to be installed on your door.  You will increase the probability for a sale by allowing more qualified buyers to see your home.  It is important that your home be ready to show at all times.  You do not want to miss a potential buyer because your home could not be shown.


Here are some tips to prepare your home for a showing:

  • Open all draperies and window shades during daylight hours.
  • Turn on all lights and replace bulbs with high wattage bulbs where needed.
  • Open windows one half hour before showing to circulate fresh air.
  • Open all the doors between rooms to give an inviting feeling.
  • Place fresh flowers on kitchen table and/or in the living room.
  • If possible, bake cookies or bread to add an inviting aroma.
  • The kitchen & bathroom should sparkle.
  • Pets should be confined or restricted from view. Eliminate pet odors. Not everyone may share your love of animals. Some people may be allergic to them.
  • All jewelry and small valuables should be stored in a safety deposit box or in a locked closet.
  • Replace any items not included in the sale, or tag them appropriately with “to be replaced with…” or “not included” signs.
  • Beds should be made & clothes picked up. Bathrooms should be clean, with towels folded and toilet lid down.
  • When you leave the house, please leave it as if you know it is going to be shown. You never know when the right person is going to look at it!