5 Items You Shouldn't Leave Out During a Showing

Are you planning to sell your home? There are a number of ways to stage your home to appeal better to potential buyers. Even if you do stage your space, there may be some personal items that should be tucked away. In this week's blog, we are covering what items you should NOT leave out during a home showing. Staging your space can help when selling a home at the Lake of the Ozarks. Take a look below to learn about the items you should NOT leave out when showing your home.

1. Pets

We know that you love your furry friend, but the people looking to buy your home may not be a big fan of pets. It's best to remove your animals from your home, when a showing is scheduled. A pet may become protective if a stranger is looking at your space without you being home. You never know how your pets may react, so it's best to keep them away from this potentially stressful situation.

2. Religious Memorabilia

Not everyone has the same religious views and you don't want to offend potential buyers with your home decor if it features religious items. Think about what may be offensive to someone else and try to remove those things. A buyer may get a bad vibe from an item in a home and write the entire property off based on one item. Don't let your home sale be jeopardized because of a simple religious item that could easily be removed from your space.

3. Family Photos

As you plan to sell your home, it can be beneficial to pack away your family photos. You want potential buyers to feel comfortable in your space and allow themselves to imagine their family in the home. If your families' faces are staring back at them on the walls, it may be hard to imagine this as their house. You also don't want to distract buyers who are trying to figure out who is in your pictures when they should be checking out your space.

4. Personal Paperwork

While the majority of buyers are actually interested in your home, it's best to keep personal paperwork stowed away in a safe spot. From your billing address to personal information about your entire family, try to protect vital information as buyers tour your home.

5. Signs of a Low-Efficiency Home

If you have a space heater in every room, it may give off the impression that your home is very cold in the winter months. If portable fans are scattered throughout your home, it may show buyers that your home is too warm. Try to stow away portable heat or air sources to help prevent scaring off buyers thinking your home is not efficient.

Now that you've seen what you should put away during a home showing, you are ready to prepare your home to sell. As your experienced real estate agents in Eldon, MO, we can help you sell your home. Give Devine & Associates a call today! We can help market your home to potential buyers and walk you through the entire home selling process. We look forward to helping you achieve your real estate goals!

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