Maybe these are unwritten rules for what a seller should do when preparing for a showing. But good advice nonetheless.
First, be gone for showings. I’ve found that buyers will not “feel” at home if the owner stays behind and watches their every move. Many buyers want to see if their stuff will fit in to your house. Is there enough room in the closets? Where will they put the plates and silverware? Their canned goods and pantry items? When a buyer gets what I call “touchy/feely” in a kitchen, that’s a good sign. They want to feel at home in your house.
Keep your car out of the way. Everyone wants to be able to have enough room to park. In this day and age of two or more cars per family, that’s important.
Take your pets with you. Many people like pets, some do not. Some pets bark the entire time a Realtor is showing your house, which is bothersome. Some have deep growls, which is intimidating. Some hide. Some run out the door in spite of our best efforts to keep them in. We try not to lose too many of them though. LOL
Keep out some important documents. Sometimes a copy of the aerial map is helpful to know approximate boundaries. If you have a copy of your utility average from the utility company, put that out. Warranty paperwork is helpful to know about as well.
I’ve seen some homeowners write a letter to their potential buyer and tell them what made them purchase the house when they first bought. Share what you’ll miss about the neighborhood. It will make the new buyers feel at home.