So, that lovely couple who showed interest in your home at last Saturday’s open house scheduled a visit to take a second look today. Before they cross your door, remember to do these six things.

6 Things to Do Before Showing Your House in Midland

  1. Dump trash cans
  2. Minimize clutter
  3. Give the house a good cleaning
  4. Freshen the air
  5. Put away valuables
  6. Add flowers

Here’s a closer look at each.

#1. Dump Trash Cans

Potential buyers don’t want to see garbage in bins or be hit with a foul odor when they enter your home, or subsequent rooms. So empty all trash bins in the kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms before the showing.

#2. Minimize Clutter

Any bulky or messy everyday items you use should be cleared away so that you can present buyers with a clean slate and enable them to focus on the spaciousness and architecture of your home, rather than clutter and disorganization. As during your open house, keep things like framed photos, trophies, and tchotchkes to a bare minimum, if not stowed completely.

#3. Give the House a Good Cleaning

Leave no stone unturned. Dust, vacuum carpets, wipe down countertops and other surfaces, clean windows, and polish your home to a mirror shine.

#4. Freshen the Air

On the day of the showing open windows to allow the house to air out and release any lingering odors that you may have become accustomed to. And it’s okay to use light fragrances here and there, but nothing heavy or overpowering.

#5. Put Away Valuables

Jewelry, electronic devices, important documents—even that heirloom vase that you don’t want to risk being broken—should be locked away out of sight. Desktop PCs should be powered down.

#6. Add Flowers

Oh…you shouldn’t have. Really, you should. A few simple bouquets of fresh flowers can add a special touch that makes your home feel inviting and gives buyers the sense that it’s well cared for. Doesn’t have to be expensive. Arrangements on a dining room or kitchen table can pull everything together.

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