Posted by: Roby Robertson | August 26, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate, Tips for showings or open houses

Your Lake Norman Agent supplies more tips to help you sell your home

 * Attend to any potential hazards — electrical wires crossing open areas, sharp table or counter top corners, slippery stairs and walkways, fragile items that can be easily damaged.
* Lock away or remove valuables such as jewelry, cameras, compact discs, coins and currency.
* Avoid cooking food with strong odors such as fish. The scent of fresh-brewed coffee, home-made bread and cookies can be very welcoming.
* In poor weather, provide a place for overshoes, boots, umbrellas and coats.
* A warm fire on a cold day will make your home feel inviting and cozy. But be sure your Realtor is prepared to look after the fireplace while you’re not home.

A tiny hand-print on a wall or the slightest door squeak can be quite distracting to some potential buyers. Use this handy check list to assess what needs to be cleaned, repaired or changed before opening your home to potential buyers:

Kitchen and bathrooms

* Clean all surfaces, including floors.
* Organize countertops.
* Ensure all sinks and faucets work properly.

Other rooms

* Vacuum and dust all areas thoroughly.
* Collect and remove all clutter, including excess furniture.
* Neatly store books, toys and clothes in closets and on shelves.
* Clean all mirrors.
* Open drapes and pull up blinds on windows.

Floor coverings

* Remove all dirt and stains.
* Repair any damaged areas.
* If there is hardwood under old carpeting, remove the carpeting and restore the hardwood – a much desired feature in homes today.
* Walls, ceilings, baseboards
* Clean any fingerprints or stains.
* Repair any holes, cracks, chipped paint, ripped wallpaper, water damage.
* If necessary, repaint in neutral or complimentary colors.


* Fix squeaks and any other problems.
* Ensure the handles secure and work properly.
* Clean any stains.


* Clean and repair any cracks.
* Ensure they open easily.


* Check to see there is sufficient light.
* Attend to any broken switches, exposed wiring.

Pet areas

* These should be clean, organized and odor free.

Outside the home

* Ensure all gates open easily. 
* Clean all exterior surfaces, including decks, pools, walkways and driveways and make them tidy.
* Depending on the time of year, lawns should be mowed, walkways and driveway cleared of snow, leaves removed, trees pruned, gardens weeded, hedges trimmed.
* For Lake Norman waterfront property, be sure to pick clutter around docks. Remove bees nests under dock covers. Make the dock, pier etc. inviting and a place where your visitors can see themselves.

For additional information or assistance, contact your Lake Norman Agent at 704 451 7051 or by email.

See also:

Should I make improvements to get my home sold

Be The First To See Lake Norman Hot New Listings as soon as they become available.

What would my Lake Norman Home Sell For?

Lake Norman Sellers, Another Opinion on Seller Concessions

Lake Norman Buyers and Sellers,Know your closing costs

Roby Robertson


Saving My Clients Thousands



Real Living In Style
Davidson NC


Ph: 704 451 7051
Fax: 704 892 9766

Committed to Saving My Clients Thousands When Buying and Selling Real Estate


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