Preparing your home for Showings & Open Houses

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First impressions really count with home buyers. A small investment in time and effort can provide a big advantage. Here are some suggestions for preparing your home for showings:


Depending on the season:

  • Lawns cut and raked, hedges and shrubs trimmed, gardens weeded and edged

  • Leaves raked, walks swept, decks and patios cleared of leaves and debris

  • Snow and ice cleared, walkways sanded or salted

  • All seasonal outdoor lighting removed if no longer in season

  • House exterior is in good repair

  • House number easy to see

  • Garage/Carport is clean and tidy

  • Cracked or broken window panes replaced


  • Doorbell works

  • Door hardware in good repair

  • Porch and Foyer clean and tidy

  • Front door in clean condition and good repair



  • Cracked plaster repaired

  • Chipped paint touched up

  • Door knobs and cupboard latches tight

  • Furnance wiped down and cleaned

  • Burned out light bulbs replaced

  • Squeaky doors oiled

  • No Clutter

  • All personal photos hidden


  • Mirrors, fixtures and taps cleaned and polished

  • Leaky taps and toilets repaired

  • Seals around tubs and basins in good repair

  • Inside of cupboards and cabinets clean and neat

  • Towels clean and matching

  • Clutter put away


  • Sinks and taps clean and polished

  • Appliances cleaned

  • Countertop clear and polished

  • Inside of cupboards and cabinets clean and neat

  • Small appliances put away

  • Clutter put away


  • All lights turned on

  • Air conditioner turned on in warm weather

  • Fireplace lit in cool weather

  • Closets neat and tidy

  • Halls and stairs cleared of clutter

  • Drapes opened during the daylight

  • Background music playing quietly

  • Carpets freshly vacuumed

  • Fresh Flowers in various rooms

  • Fresh air in house

  • Clutter free theme

What should I do with my valuables?

  • Jewelry and valuables should be locked away safely or taken with you

  • Valuable property (such as art, vases, figurines, momentos etc) should be safely situation, out of reach or locked away

  • All medication should be locked up and secured

I have a pet, what should I do with it?

  • Pets should be contained or absent during the showing and all pet bowls, beds, toys should be cleaned up and out of the way

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