Staging your home is an important part of the sales process. This section provides home showing tips that can help boost a home's curb appeal and create a lasting first impression. Potential buyers will feel “at home” – and more likely to buy – as soon as they walk through the door.

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    Your agent will market your property in several different ways. Your home will be listed in the MLS computer system to make it available to other agents searching for properties to show their buyers. These efforts will stimulate interest in your property and subsequently showings will be scheduled. Potential buyers should feel at home from the minute they walk up the driveway. Give them a canvas to fill. It’s showtime!

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    You will want to make sure that your home is uncluttered and tidy for all showings. Please read the "Home Preparation Checklist" and follow those guidelines to help ensure that showings go as smoothly as possible.

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    Start with a good cleaning, eliminate clutter, put away the knickknacks, and add fresh coats of a neutral-colored paint to brighten rooms. Oh, and tidy up the yard. Your agent can provide other tips to help boost your home's curb appeal and impress potential buyers once they're inside.

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    If you are home during your showing, try to busy yourself and your family outside or in another part of the house. Too many people present during the showing will distract potential buyers.

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    Try to keep noise such as radio and television to a minimum so that the buyer and his REALTOR can hear each other. Chatting with the buyer may also serve as a distraction.

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    Keep pets outside or in another room during the appointment. Some prospects maybe intimidated by your pet.

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    Do not discuss price or terms directly with the potential buyer or his agent. Your agent is most qualified to handle negations.

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    Move your cars to an alternate location, and allow your real estate agent to conduct the tour: potential buyers usually feel more comfortable – and less pressured – when the owners are not present.