Manfred Lewis, Realtor Spartanburg and Greenville SC (Leslie Horne &Associates )

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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Keep it looking like a model home ... dressed for the prom. 

No strong odors. 

Keep the darn toilet seats down. 🚽

Make sure the home is warm or cool to feel comfortable. 

Mar 12, 2022 07:31 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

•light and bright - open all window treatments in the morning.

•beds made.
•floors and countertops wiped/vacuumed.
•no laundry, dishes or clutter out.
•dogs/cats removed or restrained in yard/garage.
•litter boxes removed or fresh
•valuables & prescriptions removed or hidden.
•temperature control set appropriately.

Mar 12, 2022 04:42 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Buyers buy with their eyes. Keep home in the same condition you would expect a home to be if you were viewing

Mar 12, 2022 05:25 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

If at all possible, confine 'living area' to one part of the house so it's easier to quickly tidy up for a showing. 

Mar 12, 2022 05:09 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Assume the home is "on-call" and be ready at all times, with short notice. That doesn't mean 24/7, of course, but whenever you leave the house it should be ready.

Mar 12, 2022 03:10 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Don't cook anything with strong odors while your house is on the market (ie corn beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day).

Be prepared to load dirty laundry in the car if you have any.

Pick up all evidence of pets and of course take pet with you if possible.

Get kids involved with keeping their room clean. Sometimes as the agent you can encourage little ones by telling them what a big help they are to mom and dad.

Pack up kids books/toys except for a few favorites. Pack and store anything you don't need for the next 60 days. 

Have a central place to put things like tv remotes, etc. that might normally be sitting out.

Mar 12, 2022 05:39 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

1. Provide plenty of photos and video showing ONLY the attributes of the home.
2. With the owner select THREE time slots when the house will be available for showing. Tue 10-12, Thurs 3-4, Sat or Sun 1-4. PUBLISH that schedule.
3. Design the tour. The tour changes based on the property type and the profile of the most likely buyer. The tour will require a team. 
4. Stage the property to: highlight attributes; solve the challenges the most likely buyer is experiencing; harvest the ripples.
5. The visitor will self-select regarding what they need to chat about. Having the right resources in place will prove beneficial.

Mar 12, 2022 05:09 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Do a morning walk-thru to make sure everything is ready and staged. If leaving the home make sure the lights are on and the drapes or shades open!

Mar 12, 2022 04:34 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I often bribe that tenants to keep it clean with a bonus in the event that it sells.

Mar 12, 2022 01:32 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Contain those kids & their stuff to one area. 

Keep it light & bright with blinds open. Can't believe how many people live in the dark every day in their own home.

Lots of good posts here on AR with other great tips.

Mar 12, 2022 05:59 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Selling a home properly is like living in a fishbowl.  The home needs to be pristine and windows set to maximize lighting.  The more people allowed into home the easiest will end this pain sooner.  Make certain that the home is price competitively and it will sell fastest.

Mar 12, 2022 01:10 AM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Keep the house neat and clean.  The incentive could be a few thousand dollars more in an offer.  I had a little old lady Realtor once tell me she would bribe the kids of the house (with parent's permission) to keep their room clean and once the house sold she would pay them their "allowance".

Mar 12, 2022 03:53 PM
Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

Worry about what you can control.  I tell the seller, "These are some tips.  This is what I would do if I were trying to sell my house.  You don't have to do this - it depends on how much you want to sell your home for a high price."

From there, I don't worry about it.  If the seller wants to put political signs in their yard, or cook smelly food, or leave their bathroom stuff on the counter, I am not going to dwell on it.  I advise you want works best, and how to get the best price in the shortest amount of time.  If you don't want to do it, I'm not going to fret over it.

I'm not saying it isn't important.  Yes, it is better if the house is clean, neat, lights on, window shades open, etc.  But I can only control what I can control.  I am not going to lose sleep because the seller wants to leave their bathroom stuff on the counter, or because they want to cook smelly food.

On the buyer side, you have to advise buyers to overlook that stuff.  Sometimes it's hard for buyers to imagine it, but just keep reminding them, "Don't worry.  It will feel totally different when you have your own stuff in here."

Mar 12, 2022 11:54 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Keep it clean and tidy.  Keep stuff that shouldn't be out put away.  Have it available for showing with the greatest of ease.  Go direct if vacant, call first then go if owner occupied.

Mar 12, 2022 09:09 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When one wakes up in the morning, after the ritual, we prepare ourselves for what is to come. If going out in public, I dress & prepare accordingly. If working in the yard another and still another, lounging around. Same dynamics with public activities, showings, car sales and what have you. Best foot forward is always on standby... 

Mar 12, 2022 07:43 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

1. Do not over do it with air fresheners.

2. Avoid cooking meals where the smell lingers.

3. Keep litter boxes clean and pick up dog poop in yard.

4. Keep toilets, sinks and tubs/showers ultra-clean at all times.

5. Repeat all the above.

Mar 12, 2022 10:09 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

In Denver, you only need a couple of days, so I suggest a mini vacation, and stay elsewhere for two nights.

Mar 12, 2022 06:02 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Just keep your home in the same condition that you would want to have for guests.

Mar 12, 2022 04:30 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I have shown houses with dirty clothes on the bedroom floor and dirty dishes in the sink. NOT GOOD!


Mar 12, 2022 03:18 PM
Kathryn Acciari
Arc Home LLC - Shrewsbury, MA
Mortgage Loan Originator

Take your shower at the gym, empty the dishwasher, and do your laundry *after* showings are completed. No steam or water droplets allowed during showings.

Mar 15, 2022 03:10 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Keep it clean, clutter and odor-free, make it as available as possible and get the owners and dogs out of the way; avoid fan clubs for viewings (extended family and friends joining buyers to give their "opinions"). Good luck!

Mar 15, 2022 06:53 AM