How to Become “Show Ready”

Getting your home ready to sell can seem like a daunting task. Thankfully, there are several easy ways to bring your property to the next level in time for your first showing.

Start from the Outside

Prospective homebuyers form judgments from the minute they walk on a property. Make sure the outside of your home sends the right message. Pull weeds, remove dead shrubs, plant flowers and add new mulch to freshen up the appearance. You can also pressure wash walkways, update light fixtures or simply paint the front door. An attractive exterior invites prospective buyers into your home and makes them eager to explore the rest of the property.

Eliminate Smells

Unpleasant odors associated with pets, cooking and cigarette smoke are enough to deter a potential buyer. These smells can’t simply be masked; they need to be eliminated. For pet smells, clean all upholstery and furniture, professionally clean carpets and place litter boxes outside or in the garage. To remove cooking odors, deep clean countertops and appliances with lemon-scented cleansers. Cigarette smoke is often the most challenging odor to eliminate, but washing the walls, floors and windows is a good start. If the smell persists, you may have to replace rugs, re-carpet your home or refinish hardwood floors. For all unwanted odors, it can be beneficial to apply a fresh coat of paint throughout your home.

Remove Clutter

A clean, clutter-free home is an appealing home. Remove loose papers and belongings from all living areas and tuck them neatly away in the closet or garage. It is also important to make sure closets are organized, stashing away extraneous shoes and paraphernalia so they don’t take over the scene. Of course, make sure kitchen countertops and tables are clean and clear as well.

Keep up with the Cleaning

After thoroughly cleaning your home, keep the entire property “show ready” with a daily sprucing. Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms since these areas attract the most dirt. Make sure that the windows and floors are clean, sinks and showers are grime-free and the trash is always empty.

Seek Expert Advice

A knowledgeable agent can help streamline the selling process and make your home even more attractive to potential buyers. The real estate professionals at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty understand how to successfully market a home and are equipped with the proper tools to seamlessly connect buyers and sellers. Connect with us at

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