Showing Tips for Your Home

Once you have decided to put your home on the market, try to view it from a buyer’s prospective. Here are six helpful steps to give you home a winning look:

  1. Keep it clean. A good cleaning and fresh paint create the impression that your home has been well-cared for.
  2. Keep it uncluttered. It will be neater and look larger. You want to convey a spacious feeling.
  3. Keep it repaired. Fix it before the buyer inquires about it; the need for repairs can affect a potential sale.
  4. Keep it neutral. Eliminate distracting colors and personal accessories; neutral colors and simple decor can help someone visualize their own belongings in a room.
  5. Keep it dynamic. Make your home memorable! From fresh flowers to fresh clean smells, you home should be inviting.
  6. Show time. Make a final check of every room. Keep toys, clothes, food and other items picked-up.

The Small Details

With the key steps in mind, take a specific inventory of your home.


  • Trim, weed and tidy up lawn/garden
  • Clean up pet areas; resod or seed
  • Repair screens, windows and doors
  • Add fresh bark under shrubs
  • Add potted or hanging flowers to deck or porch

The Garage

  • Clean and deodorize areas where pets sleep or spend time
  • Straighten tools, shop and laundry areas
  • Sweep floors and clean up grease spots

Living Room/Family Room

  • Open the shades and draperies to let in light
  • Rearrange furniture for openness
  • Spot clean carpets or rugs
  • Apply neutral paint or wallpaper
  • Use flowers and potpourri


  • Clear away unused small appliances
  • Remove stains from sink
  • Straighten memo areas and remove papers
  • Clean and deodorize vent or exhaust hood

The Bathroom

  • Clean counters and store extra toiletries
  • Remove stains and mold from sink, tub or shower
  • Patch, caulk and grout as needed
  • Put out attractive “for-show-only” towels

The Bedroom

  • Straighten up closets
  • Box and store surplus clothing and shoes
  • Arrange toys to look appealing
  • Add curtains or valences to rooms without them
  • Remove attention-getting posters