Is Your House Ready To Show?

Is Your House Ready To Show?

Run Through This Checklist Before Your Next Home-Showing!

Once your house goes on the market, real estate agents may call at any time to request a showing. And saying no could cost you a sale! (Nobody has time for that!) But, keeping your house show-ready can be a bit of a hassle–especially if you have pets or kids.
Sure, you do the initial deep clean, invest in some staging props, and make a few repairs here and there when you first list your home; but unless you’re one of the lucky few who make a sale on the first open house, there’s inevitably going to be things you’ll have to do right before a showing.
Before you evacuate your house for a showing, run through this quick checklist of items to get your house ready to show. 
DON’T PANIC! At first, you’ll likely panic and that’s okay! It’s unrealistic to have your house ready to be seen at all times, you are living in it anyway. Take a deep breath…and then get moving!
Related: Debunking Common Fears of Property Sellers

Start In the Bedrooms

Make the Beds

This might include changing your everyday bedding to your “show” specific bedding or it might just mean making up the beds that were slept in. If beds are made every day you can check this checklist item off right away and move on to others–one less stress!

Hide Dirty Laundry

Keep dirty laundry piles to a minimum and keep clean laundry folded and put away. If you’re really in a time crunch, grab a laundry basket and scoop up any miscellaneous clothing, toys, nicknacks, etc that might be lying around and store it in your car until after the showing when you can put it away.

Close Closets and Drawers

Potential buyers will take a peek at the closets to get an idea of how much space they’re working with. Regardless, close them anyway. 

Head to the Bathrooms

Hang Your “Show” Towels

Potential buyers don’t want to walk in and see your used towels on display. Stow the day-to-day towels away and replace them with decorative “show” towels instead. 

Put Personal Care Items Away 

Buyers want to be able to picture themselves in your home. So, don’t forget to store your toothbrush, medications, and shower products in a space where they are out of view. 

Close The Toilet Seat

Of course, make sure it’s flushed and clean first. Buyers will look everywhere, the toilets are no exception.

Move On to the Kitchen

Do the Dishes

Nobody’s perfect when it comes to keeping the sink clear of dishes, and if you are–well it must be nice. Quickly wash, dry, and put any dirty dishes from the sink away–don’t leave them to air dry or in the dishwasher to do later. 

Take a Wet Wipe to Surfaces

Countertops, cabinets, the stovetop, and the microwave are surfaces that should show no sign of leftover food splatter or crumbs. 

Store Away Unnecessary Clutter

The things you have out for daily use including dish soaps, sponges, toasters, coffee pots, family calendars, etc can be put away until after the showing. This will show off all the counter space your kitchen has to offer.
PRO TIP: Data shows that potential buyers scrutinize kitchens more than any other room in the house. 
Related: 6 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Sale 

On Your Final Walk Through

Vacuum, Sweep, Spot-Mop

Go over the floors and carpets with a vacuum or broom and spot-mop any sticky spots. If you have pets that shed or kids who enjoy not-so-tidy activities, this is a must!

Turn On All of the Lights

Just before you head out, open window coverings and turn on all the lights. This will help buyers see your home in the best lighting.

Empty All Garbage Baskets

Grab a trash bag and gather trash from all the baskets around your home. When you leave for the show, take the bag out with you to get rid of any lingering odors. 
PRO TIP: By limiting the number of trash cans around your home you’ll reduce the amount of time it takes to empty them all. That makes sense, right?

Lock Up Valuables

Theft is highly unlikely during a showing, but you’d rather be safe than sorry.

Check Your Thermostat

Set your A/C or heat to a comfortable temperature. If your potential buyers are too hot or too cold, they likely won’t stick around. 

Take The Pets and Kids With You

It can be awkward for the potential buyer if you’re home at the time of the showing. Go run an errand, spend the afternoon at the park, or if you’re lucky, the showing will happen while you’re at work or school. 

Ensure Your Home is Ready to Show With the Help of a Redbud Group REALTORS®

We hope that this blog serves as a helpful resource as you prepare to sell your home. For your convenience, print this checklist out and keep it on hand. The next time a real estate agent calls and gives you an hour’s notice before a showing, you’ll be prepared rather than stressed. 
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