Updated August 23rd, 2014

Showing Your Home

To prepare your home for viewing, make it as light, cheerful and serene as possible.

TIP: When preparing your home, think about the techniques that are used to show builders' model homes. You should not be present while the house is being shown to prospective buyers. This is done because your presence will inhibit their actions and conversations. They won’t feel free to open closets and cabinets, test out the plumbing, and discuss their observations objectively as they walk through.


Your children and pets should not be on the premises either.
In preparing for showing the house, you should:

  • Pull the drapes back
  • Light lamps
  • Light your fireplace
  • Put fresh towels in the bathroom
  • Leave the house so your agent is free to deal with prospective buyers in a professional manner
  • Make sure windows are clean