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Preparing for a Home Showing Checklist

By Scott Rodgers | July 21, 2019

Preparing for a home showing checklist

You did it… you made the decision to sell your home. The sign is now in the yard and it’s listed for sale. Home showings will start soon. So what do you do once a home showing is scheduled?

We’ve created a simple checklist that you can use before every home showing. This way, you know you have done everything possible to make sure your home shows it’s best.

It may not be possible to complete the entire list for each home showing but the more you can do, the better.

Please keep in mind, this checklist is to be used when preparing for a home SHOWING and is very different than preparing your home to sell. These are the tasks that should be completed just before home showings.

  • Open all drapes, shades and blinds
  • T​urn on all lights (closets including)
  • Sweep and vacuum all flooring
  • Empty garbage cans (spray disinfectant if smelly)
  • Quickly dust tables and furniture if needed
  • Wash dishes or put in dishwasher (buyer may look in dishwasher)
  • Clear off kitchen counters
  • Remove anything from top or sides of refrigerator
  • Make all beds
  • Clean any windows or glass doors if there are fingerprints on them
  • Put any dirty clothes in hamper or in washer and dryer. Don’t start washer and dryer because you don’t want them going during showing.
  • Remove any evidence of pets (bowls, litter box etc)
  • Remove any odors(from garbage, laundry, smoke, pets) and make home smell pleasant
  • In cooler or cold months, a warm fire will make your home feel warm and cozy
  • If appropriate time of year, open windows and let the fresh air in
  • Put away any valuables
  • Make your bathroom show like the bathroom at a nice hotel does when you arrive.
  • ​No personal care items on countertop
  • ​No wet towels hanging
  • ​Not a lot of excess personal care items in shower
  • Temperature in home must be comfortable

Hopefully this checklist will be a helpful resource for you when preparing for showings. As we stated before, it may not be possible to complete this entire list before each home showing but the more you can do, the better.

Preparing for a home showing can be some work, but at the end of the day can result in a faster and more profitable home sale. The team at the Rodgers Real Estate Group are experts in the Peoria IL real estate market and can help you get your home listed and sold quickly! Contact us today at 309-633-1133 or get the ball rolling


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Written by Scott Rodgerson July 21, 2019