Five Steps to Preparing Your House for Showings

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When you put your house on sale, you want to get the money quickly, don’t you? Besides, why decline early offers if you do not intend to sell it in the first place? Therefore, the key to a fast sale is at the showings. If you fail to make your home presentable to the potential buyers, not only will it not sell fast, but it may decrease the house’s value as well. 

Make Simple Repairs and Practical Improvements

painting the fenceNow take a look at your house from the outside and start thinking like a buyer. Inspect all the flaws and damages there and slowly evaluate what your impression is. If you have issues with your home, imagine what strangers will feel about it.

Squeaking hinges, hard-to-turn locks, bent frames, and noisy frictions are some minor problems with big impacts on the showings visitors’ impression. However, if you want to go beyond repair and attempt to make some improvements, make sure that they are only for practical purposes. Not everyone shares the same taste as yours. 

Get a Structural Audit

a building planNo matter how beautiful and stylish your house is, if it is not declared safe by a professional building auditor, your showings’ visitors will always doubt the safety of the building. Besides, if your house’s construction is old, any accidents resulting from your negligence can lead to devastating lawsuits. Therefore, spare some budgets for conducting the structural audit.


A spacious house will sell much faster than the ones that look cluttered and cramped. However, that impression is often a result of a careless owner, not the size of the house itself. Hence, sort your belongings and start to evacuate the ones that are not essentials. You can also consider renting a storage facility so that your decluttering task becomes more manageable.

Deep Clean Everything

a pro house cleanerDust on the door frames can be a turn-off for buyers, not to mention dirty floors or stained walls. If you’ve never hired a professional house cleaner before, then this is the time for that. Besides, it is not like you are going to spend your money on the service every week, anyway. 

Here is a list of house parts that need the deep-clean:

  • Windows
  • Blinds or Curtains,
  • Walls
  • Floors 
  • Carpets or Rugs
  • Air Vents
  • All furniture
  • All appliances
  • Bathroom Fixtures

Set a Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere

After you’ve done all the tasks above, you should think about the extras. Having scented candles in the corners of the house, setting up warm lighting, and getting all the rooms at the right temperature are some works that can make your visitors feel comfortable and welcomed. Also, don’t forget to dress nicely and welcome them personally.