Show Ready Homes

Show Ready Homes

When a seller puts their home on the market, it needs to be what Realtors would normally call “show ready”. From time to time, I think there’s a bit of confusion with what sellers considers “show ready” and what “show ready” actually means. I hope this article will helps all potential sellers in selling their house fast and for the most amount of money this spring.

The term “show ready” home means that your older home must be presentable to compete with new construction model homes. If there’s any doubt in your mind if your home is show ready, I want you to go to the nearest new construction neighborhood to where you live, walk through the model home and really get a good look at what” show ready” means. If your home isn’t show ready,  it won’t WOW the buyers. When you put your home on the market in the spring and summer months, you will have a lot of competition. Your home must deliver the WOW factor in order to compete in the market.

To be “show ready” means putting that bulky furniture away in storage. You want a room to feel large and open, not cramped with furniture. It also means maybe switching out that 65’ TV and putting in a 40’ instead. Less is always more. You want the buyers to actually take in the look of the home instead of being distracted by cluttered objects.

If you have kids, I know it may be difficult to keep your home “show ready”. But make sure you are taking scuff marks off the doors, walls and painting over marks to look brand new. If the carpet is worn, which a buyer will notice immediately, then you should replace it; don’t give a carpet allowance. Cracks in tile? Repair it. Stark white walls can make the home feel cold, instead find a neutral color like a beige, bone, or eggshell.

A “show ready” home does not mean that the home has to be vacant. A 4,300 square foot home without any furniture in it feels abandoned.  The abandoned look doesn’t sell homes. If you’ve moved out or will be moved out of your home because you’ve found a new place to live, please consider in the small investment of staging. There’s nothing worse than an amazing house that looks left behind and empty.

If you’re planning on selling this summer, we do hope you’ll use the Colorado Dream House Team. We know what “show ready” means and we know how to help our sellers become show ready for the start of the selling season.

Marc Bayes is a Broker Associate with the Colorado Dream House Team, Keller Williams Realty DTC. Contact Marc at 303-619-3052,, or  

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