Prior to showing your house to prospective
buyers or Realtors, take these few easy
steps to ensure success!

Showing Checklist
  • Clean the whole house - like your mother is
    coming over!

  • Hide clutter - or remove it from the premises, a
    storage unit can be very helpful while your house
    is on the market.

  • Take down all or most personal photos (people
    want to be able to see themselves in your home,
    not you!)

  • Do the dishes! The kitchen is one of the best
    selling points, nothing makes it look or smell
    worse than dirty dishes. Put a fresh squeeze of
    lemon down the disposal.

  • Boil a pot of water with cinnamon sticks (don't
    burn!) an hour before the showing.  Make sure to
    turn off and discard before buyers arrive.

  • Remove EVERYTHING from your bathroom
    counter, except maybe a single candle or soap.

  • Take all magnets and personal effects off your
    refrigerator.

  • Turn on soft music.

  • Turn on all or almost all of the lights.

  • Open the curtains to let in light (as long as you
    have a clean view).

  • Vacuum with a fresh vacuum bag.

  • Tidy up closets (buyers will look in them!)

  • Empty trash cans!

  • If weather permits, leave a window open to let in
    fresh air.

  • If you have pets, arrange for them to be away
    from the house or contained during the showing.

  • If you smoke, remove all evidence of ash trays
    and cigarette butts.

  • House plants are great, as long as they are
    watered and groomed.  If they are dead or dying
    get them out of the house.  No plants are better
    than dead ones.

  • Make a list of your TOP 10 favorite things about
    your house that may not be obvious to Buyers
    and Realtors. Give it to your agent to share in the
    listing (for example: Huge pantry, built-in ....,
    extra deep garage, RV parking, custom cabinets,
    surround sound, etc.)


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