How to Prepare Your Home for Showings
These tips can help your house make the best impression, every time it is previewed by sales professionals or shown to prospective buyers


  • Remove toys, newspapers, yard tools and other clutter
  • Mow lawn and trim shrubs
  • Tidy up, pick up after pets
  • Park vehicles in the garage or on the street; leave the driveway clear and garage door closed
  • Add color to the entry way with flowers and potted plants
  • Eliminate cobwebs from doorways; clean all debris
  • Clean and repair any damaged light fixtures


  • A clean house is attractive to buyers; consider a professional cleaning service to start
  • Make beds, clean up dishes; empty wastebaskets
  • Remove clutter throughout; organize closets and cupboards; put away toys
  • Sleek and spacious sels - consider renting a storage unit for extra furnishings, boxes and clutter
  • Set out "show towels" in bathrooms
  • Freshen the air; potpourri or baked bread aroma; deodorize pet area; set comfortable temperature
  • Do quick vacuuming and dusting
  • Arrange fresh flowers throughout
  • Fire in fireplace, when appropriate
  • Turn off television; play soft background music
  • Open drapes and shades; turn on lights
  • Repair leaky faucets, replace burned out lights and cracked windows
  • Repair leaky faucets, replace burned out lights and cracked windows
  • Spot clean walls around door handles, light switches and other high-traffic areas


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