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