PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SHOWING

 

 

 

Make sure that buyers looking at your home are left with the best possible impression. 
This checklist will help you get started!

 

 

First Impressions

 

GENERAL

 

§          House exterior in good repair

§          House number easy to read

§          Eavestroughs, downspouts, and soffits painted and in good repair

§          Garage/ car port clean & tidy

§          Litter picked up

§          Replace cracked/broken window panes

§          Windows cleaned

 

SUMMER

 

§          Lawns cut and raked

§          Hedges and shrubs trimmed

§          Garden weeded and edged

 

WINTER

 

§          Leaves removed from yard and beds

§          Snow and ice cleared

§          Sidewalks sanded or salted

§          Boot tray inside front door

 

AT THE FRONT DOOR

 

§          Doorbell works

§          Door clean and in good repair

§          Door hardware in good repair

§          Porch and foyer is clean and tidy

§          Fresh air in house or pot pourri scents

 

 

 

 

INTERIOR MAINTENANCE

 

§          Chipped plaster repaired

§          Chipped paint touched up

§          Doors & cupboards latch properly

§          Furnace wiped down and cleaned

§          Burned out light bulbs replaced

§          Squeaky doors oiled

§          Walls, flooring, carpets clean

 

BATHROOM

 

§          Mirrors, fixtures & taps cleaned & polished

§          Leaky taps and toilets repaired

§          Seals around tubs and basins in good repair

§          Floors cleaned

§          Garbage containers emptied

§          Inside of cupboards clean and neat

§          Towels clean and matching

§          Countertops free of personal care items

 

KITCHEN

 

§          Sinks and taps cleaned and polished

§          Appliances cleaned

§          Countertops neat and polished

§          Inside of cupboards and cabinets clean and neat, not overcrowded

§          Small appliances put away

 

 

CREATE A BUYING ATMOSPHERE

 

§          All lights turned on

§          Air conditioner turned on in warm weather

§          Fireplace lit in cooler weather

§          Closets neat and tidy, not overcrowded

§          Halls and stairs cleared

§          Drapes opened during daylight

§          Background music playing quietly

§          Fresh flowers in various room

§          All rooms neat and straightened, beds made, loose articles put up

§          Clutter removed from all rooms

 

PETS

 

§          Pets contained or absent during showing

§          Pet hair removed from living areas and furniture

§          Home free of pet odors

§          Cat litter boxes out of sight

 

VALUBLES

 

§          Jewelry and valuables locked safely away or taken with you

§          Valuable property such as objects of art, vases and figures are out of reach, out of sight or locked away