Home showing: An important step of the home selling process

by Eileen Gilroy 07/02/2023

As a seller, you may find yourself trying to piece together a mental list of everything needed for a successful home sell. Between getting photos of your listing and marketing, there’s much to be done to get your home sold off the market. 

When preparing for home showings, small details make all the difference in providing a positive experience for potential home buyers who come to visit your property. This is why it’s crucial to take the following steps to enhance your home showing. 


Is your home neat & tidy? 

First impressions are key during home showings, as this may be the first time a potential buyer gets the chance to see the home up close and personal. Removing clothing items, toys, collectables and more can help to clean up the space, so it can be viewed to its full potential. 

Tidying up can also help to depersonalize the area to make room for potential buyers to better envision their life living in the home. 


Relocate your pets

Even though your pets are loved, and their cute behavior may be viewed as adorable by your household, it’s still a courtesy to relocate them during home showings. 

Pets may be distracting and take away from your guests' home viewing experience. Consider momentarily housing your pets with a trusted friend or pet hotel for optimal comfort away from home. This will also help avoid any issues for visitors who might have allergies.


Be flexible with scheduling 

Although the process of balancing selling your home and other matters of your personal life can be challenging, it pays off to have a flexible schedule with home showings. A flexible schedule allows you to display your home to more potential homebuyers, increasing the chances of getting your home seen by a buyer with much to offer. 

It’s beneficial to work closely with your real estate agent to pinpoint areas in need of improvements around your home before showings, as well as to advertise that your home is open to viewing.


About the Author

Eileen Gilroy

Eileen is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson and has been in the industry since 2004. Her experience in home sales range from a $4,000,000 single family home to a $100,000 Co-op. She covers both Westchester and Putnam County and works with both buyers and sellers.  "My love for Westchester and particularly the Hudson River Valley is one of the many reasons why I enjoy working in real estate". She is a lifelong resident of Westchester County. She grew up in Tarrytown and moved to Briarcliff Manor where she raised her family. She received her MPA from Pace University and worked many years in the Human Resources field. She held the title of Vice President of HR for the largest teaching hospital in Westchester and Director of Classification and Compensation for one of the largest employers in Westchester County. After a successful HR career, Eileen decided to retire to make a full time commitment to her real estate clients. Outside of work you can find Eileen on the Tennis, Platform, or Pickleball Court along with Hiking in Westchester or the surrounding counties.