Preparing your Home for a Showing: A To Do Checklist

Preparing your home for a sale may be a daunting task, but preparation will make a lot of difference in how long your property will sit on the market and the final sale price. If hiring a home stager isn’t part of your budget, then you can always do it yourself. Make sure that home buyers looking at your house get the best impressions. Here is a checklist to help you get started.

First impressions

Make sure that the house exterior is in good repair.
Ensure that the house number is readable.
Downspouts, soffits, and eaves troughs should be painted and repaired.
Make sure that your car port or garage is tidy and clean.
Litter should be picked up.
Broken or cracked window panes should be replaced.
Garden or lawn should be edged and weeded.
Rake lawns.
Trim shrubs and hedges.
Sidewalks should be salted and sanded.
Clear ice and snow from the walkway.
Ensure that the doorbell works and door hardware in good condition.
Tidy up foyer and porch.

Interior Maintenance

Cupboards and doors should be latched properly.
Wipe furnace.
Oil squeaky doors.
Repair toilets and leaky taps.
Touch up chipped paint.
Replace burned out light bulbs.

Bathrooms and Restrooms

Clean floors and empty garbage containers.
Clean towels.
Fix mirrors, taps and fixtures.
Clean cabinets and cupboards.
Make sure that countertops are cleared of any personal care items.


Clean all kitchen appliances.
Polish sinks and taps.
Make sure that the cabinets and cupboards are clean and tidy.
Get rid of small kitchen appliances.


Lock away valuables and jewelry safely.
Vases, figurines and other artifacts should be out of sight or locked someplace else.

Creating a Buyer Friendly Atmosphere

Turn on lights during open house.
Air conditioning unit should be used during warm weather.
Light fireplace on a cold weather.
Clear stairs and hallways.
Play background music quietly.
Use drapes during daylight showings.
Place fresh flowers in various rooms.

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