Preparing Your Home for Showing

 

Preparing Your Home for Showing

 Kitchen:

 
  •   Clear refrigerator of all photos and personal clutter
  •    Clear counter tops to show how much space you have
  •    Clear table tops
  •    Pack away a few things from your cupboards to make cupboards appear spacious
  •    Clean stove
  •    Empty sink
  •    Empty waste basket
  •    Lights on
  •    Don’t cook anything where the smells will linger into the showing time period
  •    Drapes/blinds wide open for lots of light.
  •    You want to get compulsive do you?
   *   Bake some cookies/bread or burn something fragrant
   *   Organize your refrigerator
   *   Flowers on the table
   *  Remove appliances from the counters if counters are somewhat covered
   *   Display fresh fruit
 

Baths

 
  •        Toilet seats down
  • ·         Fresh shower curtain
  • ·         Neatly arranged towels
  • ·         Clean mirror
  • ·         Fresh soaps out
  • ·         Shower/bath tub free of clutter
  • ·         Empty waste basket
  • ·         Lights on
  • ·         Drapes/blinds wide open for lots of light.
  • ·         You want to get compulsive do you?
    *   Display a little pot pore
    *   Organize any storage areas
    *   New box of tissues/ roll of TP
 

Living areas

 
  • ·         Clear flat surfaces of too much clutter
  • ·         Have carpets cleaned if needed
  • ·         Remove some furniture if room is crowded
  • ·         Remove excessive personal photos ( buyers need to picture their family in your home, not yours)
  • ·         Lights on
  • ·         Drapes/blinds wide open for lots of light.
  •  ·        Put pet beds away
  • ·         You want to get compulsive do you?
    *  Make sure all the vacuum lines are parallel 
    *  Put on some soothing music`
            *  Display flowers
 

 Bedrooms

 

  • Beds made
  • Bureaus free of clutter
  • Personal photos limited
  • Lights on
  • Drapes/blinds wide open for lots of light.
  • Put pet beds away
  • Closets organized and not stacked/packed full
  

Basement/Garage

 
  • Provide easy access to furnace, electrical panel
  • Organize - providing as much floor space as possible
  • Give a quick sweep
  • Clear stair and stairway walls of clutter
  • Clear cobwebs if present
  • Tidy up loose wiring
  • Run dehumidifier if needed
  

Exterior

 
  • Mow lawn/clear drive and walkways of snow and ice
  • Mulch landscaped areas
  • Prune trees/plantings
  • Edges trimmed
  • Remove all clutter
  • Close garage doors
  • So you want to get compulsive?
  •   * Remove any moss on shingles
  •   * Seal pavement if needed
  •   * Clean gutters
  •   * New door mat
  •   * Hang flower baskets