There is a lot of preparation that goes into selling a home, especially if you’re still living in the home.

It’s often a good idea to make a list of things to do when the realtor calls saying he or she has a showing.  You typically don’t get much time, so instead of frantically running around the house in an attempt to remember everything that needs to get done; you can refer to your list and check each item off one-by-one.

Items include things like, turning on all of the lights, Swiffering the floors, wiping down counters, picking up any pet waste and vacuuming.

There are also things that you should not be afraid to hide from potential buyers.  No, we are not suggesting that you hide things that are necessary disclosures, like pests or roof issues, but we are suggesting that when potential buyers are coming through your home that you tuck away certain items.

Bedroom

Personal items in your bedroom, for instance, should always be put away.  It would be very awkward for all parties involved if a camera or other private items were left in plain view.

Drugs

And while in some states certain drugs are legal, not everyone is a supporter, so it would be a good idea to put drugs and drug paraphernalia away.

Politics

As a long standing rule of etiquette, we learned as young adults to not talk about religion or politics at the dinner table.  In today’s polarized society, it might be wise to avoid anything political.  Why take the chance with annoying or offending 50% of your potential buyers?

Guns

Do yourself a favor, if you are a gun owner, make sure your guns and ammo are locked up in a safe before a real estate agent brings anyone through your home, especially if there will be children accompanying any potential buyers.

Miscellaneous

This category is a bit broad, but we can narrow it down to anything that will draw extra attention to itself.  Whether that looks like, stuffed deer heads on the wall, an extensive doll collection, a shrine to your dead grandmother or anything else, remember the goal is to highlight your home, not something “other” that is of interest to you.  Someone else might not share your interests and might not appreciate the same tastes as you do.

Last, but not least, you.  No one likes to tour a home with the current resident watching over them.  Give buyers and their real estate agents the space they need to explore your home and fall in love with it on their own terms.