Preparing Your Home For Showing

Preparing Your Home For Showing


First impressions really count with home buyers. A small investment of time and effort can provide a BIG advantage when Sales Representatives show your home to prospective purchasers.


Here are some suggestions for preparing your home for showings:

Seller Resources Step1


First Impressions/General

  • House exterior in good repair
  • House number easy to see
  • Eaves troughs, down spouts and so fits painted and in good repair
  • Garage/Carport Clean and Tidy
  • Cracked or Broken Window Panes Replaced

First Impressions

  • Lawn Cut and Raked
  • Hedges & Shrubs trimmed, gardens weeded & edged
  • Leaves raked, walks swept, decks & patio cleared of leaves & debris
  • Snow & Ice cleared & salted

At the Front Door

  • Doorbell Works
  • Door Hardware in good repair
  • Porch & Foyer clean and tidy

Interior Maintenance

  • Repair cracked plaster
  • Touch up chipped paint
  • Tighten door knobs & cupboard handles
  • Clean furnace
  • Replace burned out light bulbs
  • Oil squeaky doors


  • Mirrors, fixtures & taps cleaned & polished
  • Leaky tap & toilets repaired
  • Seals around tubs and basins in good repair
  • Floors cleaned, waste containers empty
  • Towels clean & matching
  • Clear away clutter


  • Sinks & Taps cleaned & polished
  • Appliances cleaned
  • Magnets etc. removed from fridge
  • Countertops cleaned
  • Inside of Cupboards clean & neat
  • Dishes & Clutter Cleared
  • Small Appliances put away


  • Valuables should be locked safely away
  • or taken with you, objects of art or figurines
  • situated safely out of reach or put away.

Creating a Buying Atmosphere

  • Turn on all lights
  • Drapes open during daylight
  • Keep home at a comfortable temperature
  • Light fireplace in cooler weather
  • Home cleared of excess clutter
  • Background music playing quietly
  • Carpets freshly vacuumed