preparing for a showing

Inside the home

  1. De-clutter -This is the most important tip. A cluttered home doesn’t present well and can also make spaces appear much smaller.

  2. Depersonalize – Family portraits, offensive art and sports team memorabilia should be put away when possible, or at least minimized

  3. Dust/Vacuum – This goes without saying but with today’s high resolution images the camera sees everything.

  4. Beds – Make all beds, align bed skirts, and fluff pillows.

  5. Clean Kitchen Sink – Put away all sponges soaps etc.

  6. Clear Kitchen Counters – Put away blenders, toasters, coffee makers etc.

  7. Clear Bathroom Counters – Put away any and all personal items.

  8. Shower – Remove all soap/shampoo bottles, razors etc.

  9. Towels – Leave guest towels out and hide all others.

  10. Trash Cans – Hide!

  11. Refrigerator – Remove all magnets or decorations.

  12. Pets – Hide any water/food bowls and toys.

  13. Toilet Seats – Place all of them down.

  14. Light Bulbs – Replace any burnt out light bulbs. More light the better.

  15. Dining Room Table – If you have nice place settings, place them out neatly.

  16. Vases – Fresh flowers or other decorations that make the home inviting without cluttering.

Outside of The Home

  1. Lawn Trimmed – Neatly trimmed and manicured lawns always present better.

  2. Animals – Clean up after any pets.

  3. De-clutter – Remove any trash cans, water hoses, tools, toys etc.

  4. Yard Decorations – Remove any yard decorations such as pink flamingos, etc.

  5. Driveway/Walkways – Sweep leaves and yard clippings. Pressure wash if needed.

  6. Pool – Remove security gate, clean pool, remove toys and vacuum.

  7. Exterior Lighting – if early evening showing make sure lights are on

  8. Umbrellas – Open patio umbrellas or awnings.

  9. Grill – Uncover grill and hide cover.

  10. Lights – Turn on all interior lights even under cabinet lighting.

  11. Fireplace – Light all fireplaces if possible and reasonable.

  12. Blinds – Open all shades, blinds and curtains. You want to let in as much light as possible.

  13. Cars – Remove all vehicles from driveway and if possible keep from parking them in front of the house.

  14. Animals – Remove animals if possible, if people are allergic to animals they will leave, if they like animals they will be distracted.

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