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Your realtor has given you a list of things to do for preparing for your home showing, so you look at it and stare in disbelief because there’s a lot on the plate. You don’t really need to do everything on that list if it isn’t possible for you to do so. What you can do is concentrate on the most important ones. You may or may not heard of the concept called “curb appeal”. This simply refers to your home exterior’s attractiveness or ability to draw in a potential buyer.

Inside the house, buyers would typically expect to see a well-maintained kitchen. Everything is important, it’s just that some things are more important than others.

What you want to avoid is an attic, basement or garage that is so full of “stuff” that people cannot get around in it. A cramped room is one of the things that is sure to turn off potential buyers. Get your decades of accumulated stuff out of your house and into a storage unit. Once you’ve got those areas cleared out, clean them thoroughly. Get a couple of extra lights and place them strategically in your basement if your basement is unfinished. Having the lights turned on will make the room a lot more appealing, while you’re showing it to a prospective buyer.

Your garage floor and driveway need to be in good condition, without any obvious stains or damage. If you do have large cracks or those that are long, then they can be quickly taken care of. Just get some concrete that is of the ready-mix variety and fill in the cracks. This is super easy to do and will not take long and the unsightly cracks will be gone. If you have oil stains anywhere on those two surfaces, clean them until they are gone. There are all sorts of oil stain removers on the market so just get one and start cleaning.

First impressions have managed to either kill business transaction or have them push through. There are some things you can do to make sure that your buyers get a good first impression of your home. See to it that your front porch has a welcoming feel to it because that’s the last thing your buyers will see right before they step inside your home. Does your front door need painting? If it does, go ahead and paint it. If your front door still looks pretty good, you can simply give it a good scrubbing. Flowers can instantly liven any room, so try placing a few potted flowers on the front porch. You’re fortunate because you won’t run out resources on home showing if you ever find yourself needing ideas. Then you’ve got your realtor. Realtors will know a great deal on how you can get your home prepared for prospective buyers to see, so you shouldn’t think twice about asking your realtor for advice.