Showing Your Home

First Impressions are Lasting Impressions.

Showing your home in san ramon real estate
Fixing your home in san ramon real estate

The exterior of your home often determines how buyers will view the interior, so:

  • Make sure your front entrance is clean and inviting.

  • Paint or replace your front door if it's faded or worn.

  • Add some paint to shutters, trim, and any other outside features showing signs of wear.

  • Add vibrant plants and put down some fresh mulch.

Indoor Plants in San Ramon Realty

Accentuate the Positive.

"How we live in a home and how we sell a home are often two different things."


Try to see your home with a fresh perspective and arrange each room to bring out its best attributes. 



  • Keep windows and floors clean.

  • Replace faded wallpaper and glue any areas that have come away from the wall.

  • Repair worn woodwork.

  • Repaint scarred or dirty walls in a neutral color.

  • Steam clean carpeting or replace it, if necessary.

  • Repair loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers, broken light switches and other minor flaws.

  • Check and repair caulking in bathtubs and showers.

Painting the Wall San Ramon Real Estate
Lighting San Ramon Properties

Put your home in the best possible light

Strategically lighting your home, even during daytime showings, can create a cozy mood and highlight positive attributes of each room, so:

  • Avoid the use of overhead lighting that makes rooms look washed out and lifeless.

  • Be creative and arrange lamps to help smaller rooms seem larger, and large rooms seem more intimate.

  • Use lighting to highlight the "living areas" of your home, such as a pair of chairs near a fireplace, or a table in a breakfast area.

Modern Living Room in San Ramon Property


  • Clear out the following:

    • unnecessary objects from furniture throughout the house

    • unnecessary objects from the kitchen countertops. If it hasn't been used for three months…put it away!

    • refrigerator fronts of messages, pictures, etc. (A sparse kitchen helps buyers mentally move their own things into your kitchen)

    • unnecessary items from countertops, tubs, shower stalls and commode tops of bathrooms

  • Keep:

    • decorative objects on the furniture restricted to groups of 1, 3, or 5 items

    • only your most needed cosmetics, brushes, perfumes, etc., in one small group on the counter

    • as little furniture as possible

  • Rearrange:

    • some of the furniture if necessary

    • certain pictures or objects on walls

  • Clean

    • carpets or drapes

    • windows

  • Turn on:

    • certain lights during the day; "showings" turn on all lights and lamps.

    • stereo FM during the day for all viewings.

  • Patch and paint if necessary.

  • Review the house room by room.

  • Lockbox--#1 Importance: "If we don't have it, they won't show it."

House with a Backyard in San Ramon


  • Trim landscaping to reveal architectural detail (bottom of windows, etc.). "If they can't see it, we can't sell it."

  • Go around the perimeter of the house and move all garbage cans, discarded wood scraps, extra building materials, etc., into the garage.

  • Check gutters and/or roof for dry rot. Make sure they are swept and cleaned.

  • Look at all plants…prune bushes and trees. Keep plants from blocking windows. "You can't sell a house if you can't see it." Plants are like children-they grow so fast!!

  • Weed and then bark all planting areas. Keep lawn freshly cut and fertilized. Remove any dead plants or shrubs.

  • Clear patios or decks of all small items, such as small planters, flower pots, charcoal, barbecues, toys, etc. (Put them in the garage).

  • Check paint condition of the house-especially the front door and trim. "Curb appeal really works!"

Try to look at your house "through the buyer's eyes" as though you've never seen it or been there before. Any time or money spent on these items will bring you back more money in return, and hopefully a faster sale.

Nine Minute Showing Drill

 Occasionally you will receive a call to schedule a showing to take place within the next few minutes. The following is a checklist for this type of panic:


  1. Sound: Turn off the television and tune the radio (low volume) to a soft rock, middle of the road, or classic rock station.

  2. Sight: Turn on every light in the house (day or night) and open every drape and blind (day time only).

  3. Odors: Heat some frozen pastry slowly in the oven or heat a pan on the stove and then drop in a few drops of vanilla.

  4. Kitchen: Wipe kitchen counters, place dirty dishes in the dishwasher.

  5. Bathrooms: Wipe counters, flush and close toilets.

  6. Living/Family Rooms: Hide magazines, newspapers, and games; remove clutter.

  7. Bedrooms: Straighten beds. Hide clutter under bed (not in the closet).

  8. Exterior: Put away toys and clutter. Keep walk clear.

  9. Children & Pets: They are a distraction, so send them outside.

Cleaning the Floor


Goodbye: Sorry, but this is the single most important thing you can do in a showing to help sell your home! Even if the showing agent insists that it is okay to stay, you must leave. Buyers must get emotionally committed to your home to buy it and they cannot become emotional about "their new home" if you, the current owners, are "hanging around." Please, at the very least, go into the backyard. Even better, go to the store.