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What To Do When Your Home Is Going To Be Shown By Your Real Estate Agent

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When your home is on the market and the real estate agent lets you know that it will be shown at any time from that point forward, you want to do anything you can to help the house get an offer. The amount of work you have to put into the house depends on its current condition and your lifestyle. However, here are some tips that you may find helpful:

Try to get your grass as green as possible: It's amazing how much of a difference it can make to the look of your yard to turn brown patches of grass green again. To improve the look of your lawn, you should use grass nutrients, spread some extra seed, make sure you are giving that area enough water, and make sure you are watering at the right time.

Get any odd or strong odors out of the house: You want to do a lot more than simply turn on your diffusers to create a good smelling scent when you put your house up for sale. You actually want to rid the home of bad odors. If you have a real bad odor in the carpet, it may be worth it to replace the carpet, or at least let the buyers know there is a flooring allowance.

Get rid of all signs of pets in the house: Now, this doesn't mean you need to hide the fact that you own pets, but it means you want to keep up with the fur, feathers, dander, dirty litter, etc. You want to understand that some of the people who come to look at the house can be allergic to different types of pets, and this includes birds. If they walk in the house and start to have a hard time breathing, get a stuffy nose, start to itch, or break out in hives, then this isn't going to be a great selling point for your house.

Remove stains from your driveway and sidewalk: Since one of the first impressions a person will get of your home is also the driveway and sidewalk, you want to have yours looking good. You can remove stains by scrubbing them with powder laundry detergent and water. Let it set for a while, rinse it off, and then repeat. If the stain is stubborn, then you can also hit the area with a power washer afterward and it should significantly lighten, if not go away completely.

For more tips on ensuring your house is ready to be shown to potential buyers, talk with a professional real estate agent, such as Steve Cohn - Keller Williams Realty - Petaluma.