How To Prepare For A Day Of Showings

The first impressions a potential buyer will experience involve sight, smell, sound and feel

It is important to appeal to as many senses as possible, as often buyers are not able to see past the cosmetic features to the excellent qualities your home may possess.


  • Drapes are open
  • As many lights as possible are left on
  • Clutter is concealed in out-of-the-way places - try putting loose clothes & toys into a plastic bin, then putting the bin under the bed
  • Kitty litter is scooped & odour free
  • Air is fresh - try potpourri/fresh flowers/air sponge - and there are no cooking smells like fish, curry, or garlic
  • On the other hand baking smells or coffee brewing is welcomed
  • Stairways are clear of objects
  • Classical or light jazz music is playing, but television is off, as it poses a distraction
  • Barking dogs and noisy pets are out of the way
  • Bathroom & fixtures are sparkling


  • Buyers and Realtors are busy. The less flexible you are with your showing schedule, the fewer buyers will look at your home.
  • Take a walk during showings, as most buyers feel more at ease when they can wander through and discover the home on their own, without being seen or heard.
  • Never apologize for the appearance of your home if you haven't covered all these bases – it will only call attention to the condition of your home.
  • We will put signs up around your home to highlight any positive traits that might not easily be seen as well as caution potential buyers such as "Watch your Head" if there is a low ceiling or advising them of a step - so please let us know about any potential hazards in your home.

Read our Home Seller guide for more tips!


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