Preparing Your Home for Showings & Open House

Preparing Your Home for Showings & Open House

Sell Faster by Making a Remarkable Impression on Potential Buyers

If you’re selling a house, you know first-hand what it’s like to view a home as a potential buyer. When preparing your home for an open house or individual tours, keep the buyers perception at the forefront of your efforts. Your Burlington Realtor will be more than happy to offer tips for preparing a home for sale. If you’re selling without a realtor or just want to get started, below are several improvements that will make your home market ready and increase its sales potential.

Curb Appeal

The view of your house from the curb is the first chance you get to make a good impression on potential buyers. If you’re trying to sell a house fast, it’s worthwhile to make some simple exterior changes; including:


Overgrown grass and a bare yard will not aide in the sale of your house. A pedicured lawn, however, will make your home much more desirable. Keep your yard in tip-top shape while it’s on the market – mow regularly, prune bushes, and make sure your garden is weed free. If your landscape is lacking color or life, consider planting flowers. You can also spring for professional lawn care services if you’d like to focus your attention elsewhere.

Exterior Maintenance

Painting the front door, cleaning the gutters, and washing the siding on your house are small improvements that will make a positive impact on your sale. You can increase the value of your sale too by replacing old windows and your faulty roof.


Even small details can improve your chance of sale. Make your entrance is cleaning and welcoming. You can do this with a welcome mat, elegant holiday decorations, and by painting or replacing the house numbers.

Interior Improvements

Declutter & Depersonalize

Removing personalized items and clutter is one of the most important tasks when preparing your home for showings. Not only will less furniture make the space appear larger, it also allows potential buyers to envision their own belongings in the house. Even clearing out and organizing closets can be important. Many potential home buyers will look into closets to get an idea of how much storage space there is in a home.

Leave During the Showing

Just like you don’t want any personal items around the home, you also shouldn’t be around during the showing. Potential buyers will be able to visualize themselves living in the home better and they won’t feel as pressured.

Clean Everything

Go beyond your routine clean and if you don’t have the time or desire to do the cleaning yourself, hire professionals. Everything needs to be cleaned – flooring, carpeting (replace your carpets if they are old and gross), walls, fan blades, windows, under the fridge, and any big or small place in between. A sparkling clean home goes a long way with potential buyers. Keep in mind, your home may be on the market for weeks; so you’ll need to maintain a clean home for showings.

Minor Repairs

When you are thoroughly cleaning your home, take note of any minor improvements you need to make. Fix your broken garbage disposal and any leaky faucets. Is your garage door on the fritz or some of your electrical outlets faulty? Small repairs are worthwhile for most home sellers.

Design Updates

Even small updates to a room can make it look newer and more up-to-date. Replacing outdated or worn-out light fixtures, countertops, flooring, and appliances will bring your home to life. If your budget only allows for minor updates, the kitchen is usually the most important area to buyers.


How do your walls look? Do they need a fresh coat of paint? Maybe some of the colors need to be toned down a little. If you are going to paint, choose neutral colors.

Natural Light

Let the sunshine in! Natural lighting will make your space appear larger and more inviting. Consider adding a touch of nature inside too, like a potted plant or flowers in a vase.


Make sure you store away, repair, or replace furniture and fixtures stained or scratched by your pets. You should also keep your pets secured and even off site during showings and home tours.

Odor Removal

If your home has any lingering, pungent smells, buyers are more likely to be turned off. Don’t cook anything with strong odors and thoroughly clean pet areas (especially where litter boxes are). Using scented candles or baking can make the home smell more inviting.

Home Inspections

Having your home inspected early can help you get serious problems fixed before showings. It also makes the entire sales process a little easier and faster too.

If you’re selling a home in Burlington, Wisconsin and need a reputable, experienced realtor to make the process easy, quick, and profitable, give Market Realty Group a call. We’d love to help you sell your house and move on to the next feeling great about your transaction. Contact us to learn more!

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