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Showing Day Home Staging Tips

Showing Day Home Staging Tips

 

You have decided to sell your home and you finally have it all ready to go. You have decluttered every single room, deep cleaned every nook and corner, and you have staged your home so that it looks better than it ever has. The pictures and video have been taken and now comes the-in person showings. How do you keep your home looking as amazing as it does now for the entire listing period AND go about daily life? 

The first step is to look at your home from the viewpoint of a potential buyer walking through your house for the first time. What would you notice? 

Here are some key areas and items to check and tidy every morning before showings begin.

Make the Beds 

First thing when you get up in the morning, make the bed. Fluff the pillows, pull up the sheets and blankets, and smooth them out. A messy bed may take the buyers attention away from all the wonderful things about your bedroom, like the large closet or beautiful, bright windows.

If you want to put a little bit more effort into making your bed, check out this article by thespruce.com about how to make your bed like a pro.   

Let the Light In!

One of the key tasks when getting ready for a showing is to ensure that all the curtains and blinds are open. Homes with lots of natural light show better and are more attractive to buyers. 

Turn on the Lights

In conjunction with opening all the curtains and blinds, turn on every light to brighten your space even more. Lights will help further illuminate areas that already get natural light, brighten the darker areas that do not, and make your home look bigger. Turning on the lights will also make your home look more warm and welcoming to buyers as they approach your home, especially during the cold winter or at night.  

Wipe Down the Counters

Use a damp cloth and wipe down all the surfaces you use as you get ready in the morning. For example, after you are done brushing your teeth and washing your face, wipe down the counter and sink. After making breakfast, put the dishes away and wipe down the counter and sink. Repeat this for all surfaces in your home that may get messy during your morning routine.

Take Out the Garbage

You may not smell your garbage or compost, but buyers will be able to. Did you know that when you experience a new smell (whether it is a pleasant or gross smell), like when you walk into a home for the first time, your body over the course of only a few minutes experiences a phenomenon called “olfactory adaptation” or “noseblindness”. This occurs when your brain experiences a new smell, recognizes that it is not dangerous, and stops alerting our nervous system to react, thus “getting used to” the smell. Because you live, and possibly now work from your home, you may not notice certain smells, or think that they are much less prevalent than they are. So, collect garbage and compost from every room in your home every single day while you are showing your home.

Check the Bathrooms

After everyone has gotten ready for the day, re-visit your bathrooms. In order for your home to show as best as it possibly can, it is best to have as few personal items on display as possible, and this includes your hygiene items. Make space for these items in the storage areas of your bathroom or purchase a portable bathroom caddy like any of these to make transporting and storing your products easier. 

Make sure that the towels you have on display match and are clean and folded or hung neatly. Close the toilet seat, replace the empty toilet paper roll, close the shower curtain and any cupboards or drawers that may be open. Think of a display bathroom while you do this as it will help you decide whether something needs to be straightened or put away. You may find that changing to an evening shower will help limit the amount of work in the morning. 

Are Pet Areas Smelly?

Although it is nearly impossible to not have some sort of pet related smell in your home when you own a pet, it should be as unnoticeable as possible to potential buyers when they view your home. This includes litter, cages, tanks, beds, blankets, mud rooms, and other areas that your pet usually hangs out. Deep clean these areas before you list your home and keep on top with daily maintenance. Also, if you have a pet that sheds a lot, run the vacuum daily to remove pet hair and dander. 

Close the Closets

Even if your closet is perfectly tidy and organized, an open closet still creates “visual clutter”. Closing all the doors ahead of time gives a much better first impression to potential buyers. 

Tidy Toys

Showing your home while having children can be challenging for many reasons, and one of them is staying on top of the toy and game mess. Create a system during your declutter phase that allows you to store favourite and daily-used toys and games quickly to limit the amount of time you have to spend tidying up. Baskets and large storage bins with lids work great and can be tucked away in a cupboard. 

Clean Up Outside

How the outside of your home looks is just as important as the inside. This type of maintenance depends on the season, however here are the general rules;

Spring

  • Mow the lawn (see our Lawn Care Guide to learn more)
  • Sweep steps, porch, and any paths clear of debris
  • Tend to your garden and keep it tidy
  • Make sure all outdoor lights are working
  • If it is in the early days of an Ottawa spring, you will most likely still be shoveling some snow at this time as well. Be sure to keep your driveway clear and easily accessible

Summer

  • Mow the lawn weekly
  • Sweep steps, porch, and any paths clear of debris
  • Tend to your garden and water daily during very hot weather
  • Make sure all outdoor lights are working

Fall

  • Mow the lawn as needed
  • Rake leaves
  • Sweep steps, porch, and any paths clear of debris
  • Close up your garden properly so that it is tidy and well maintained
  • Make sure all outdoor lights are working

Winter

  • Keep your driveway, walkway, and poarch shoveled and easily accessible
  • Make sure all outdoor lights are working

If you would like to learn how to elevate your home's curb appeal, click HERE

Check the Temperature

Generally the rule is to adjust your thermostat a bit during this time to keep your home at the best temperature for showings. When you think about what a showing entails, it usually means that the potential buyer will only be in your home for a short period of time, so you want to ensure that that time is as comfortable as possible. 

Most people keep their thermostats between 69°F-72°F depending on the season. Adjust your temperature down a few degrees for showings during warmer weather and up a few for colder weather. Not only will this make a first great impression because it will be a comfortable temperature for them as soon as they enter your home, it also shows potential buyers that these systems are functioning well.

Set yourself up for success as you sell your home by doing a proper declutter ahead of time and implement systems in areas that may need more day-to-day maintenance now that you have buyers looking at your home in person. I reccomend taking on our 30 Day Declutter Challenge before listing your home to help, not only prepare your home for sale, but also for packing and moving. 

If you are thinking of selling your home, give me a call! I am always happy to talk to you!

 

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