Help Your Clients Get Their Homes Ready For Summer Showings with These Tips!

Services for Real Estate Pros with Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

With summer just around the corner, now is a great time to give your clients tips to get their homes in top shape for viewing in the months ahead.



  • Inspect siding for cracks or other damage and make any needed repairs.

  • If paint is peeling, cracking, or chipped, repair and repaint now to limit damage to the underlying materials.

  • Remove window screens and clean them with a soft brush and soapy water. Rinse well and allow them to dry in the sun. Repair any holes or tears, or replace the screen material before reinstalling. It's a fairly easy DIY job to replace the screening, or you can check to see if your local hardware store offers this service.

  • Have the air conditioning unit serviced to ensure good operation. Promote good air intake by keeping shrubs and plants around the unit trimmed.

  • Clear dirt and debris from gutters and eaves.

  • Seal cracks in the driveway and keep walkways clear of debris and overgrown plants.

  • Test irrigation and sprinkler systems and replace any broken sprinkler heads or emitters. Check for proper water coverage and adjust if necessary.

  • Power wash decks and patios and seal surfaces as appropriate.



  • Vacuum or brush off refrigerator coils to help maintain energy efficiency. Depending on your model, the coils will be located either on the bottom or on the back of the appliance.

  • Empty dehumidifier pans and clean hoses according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  • If possible, take area rugs outside and hang them over a deck or porch rail to air out.

  • Adjust ceiling fans for proper balance and change the rotation to the summer setting. While you're at it, give the unit a good dusting to avoid blowing dust around the room.

  • Switch out heavy bedding for lightweight summer fabrics. Have the winter bedding cleaned before storing it away for the season.

  • Close the chimney flue to prevent insects from entering and to help keep cool air in during the months ahead.

  • Repot houseplants to give their roots a fresh start for the summer.

  • Check door and cabinet hinges and lubricate any that stick or squeak.

  • Open windows even on cooler days to get fresh air flowing throughout the home.

Have a great summer season!! 

Comments (23)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Rhonda Sanderson Vry good list of tips to gt homes ready for summer showing.

May 08, 2017 05:21 PM
Rhonda Sanderson

Thanks--now all I need is someone to do all these chores for me :-) 

May 09, 2017 07:21 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Rhonda Sanderson ,

What a wonderful list of tips to help ready your home for summer showings. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations on the featured post.

May 09, 2017 03:56 AM
Rhonda Sanderson

How sweet.  Thanks Dorie. 

May 09, 2017 07:22 AM
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Best Hawaii Realtor!

A fantastic list to go by Rhonda Sanderson . By the way, welcome to Active Rain!

May 09, 2017 07:30 AM
Rhonda Sanderson

Thanks loving the crowd!!!

May 09, 2017 11:31 AM
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Great list for your clients.  I whish they would heed such advice.  Makes selling their home so much easier. 

May 09, 2017 08:21 AM
Rhonda Sanderson

Amen to that!

May 09, 2017 08:40 AM
Donny Carter
Carter & Roque Real Estate - Frostburg, MD
Mountain Maryland Real Estate Expert

All great tips! Sometimes sellers forget the small stuff that can turn off a potential buyer.

May 09, 2017 01:32 PM
Rhonda Sanderson


May 10, 2017 07:25 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

These are great tips....not the usual ones either! These are things most people wouldn't think of! Great job!

May 09, 2017 06:10 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Congrats on this featured post about preparing your home.  Welcome to the activerain blogging platform!

May 09, 2017 06:20 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Rhonda,

Very true. Nobody is attracted to other people's dirt & deferred maintenance.

May 09, 2017 06:31 PM
Rhonda Sanderson

Yuk exactly!

May 10, 2017 07:24 AM
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

It's the little things that can make a difference and this is a great list to start with. Thanks for sharing! 

May 09, 2017 06:43 PM
Elizabeth Y. Foulds
Long & Foster Real Estate - Saint Michaels, MD
Your St Michaels Realtor

Super list with lots of useful tips with perfect timing for the market.  Just reminded me to check the filter in my refrigerator and change it!  Thank you.

May 09, 2017 06:44 PM
Robert Hicks
United Country River City Realty - Savannah, TN

Oh the simple things,, what a difference they do make!! Thanks for the reminder and important information..

May 10, 2017 07:21 AM
Rhonda Sanderson
Pillar To Post Home Inspectors - Boca Raton, FL
Pillar To Post resident Blogger


May 10, 2017 07:24 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Buyers often get their first impression of the home when they are walking up to the front door. So important to have the exterior just as clean and show ready as the inside!.  i would add 'wash windows' to your list--that makes a big difference too.

May 10, 2017 07:45 AM
Rhonda Sanderson

I think I had that on my Curb Appeal tips in April.  Goes without saying clean windows are a must!!!

May 10, 2017 08:35 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Rhonda

Sometimes it's the simple things that can really make a difference. This is a terrific list of To Do's for sellers! Congrats on the feature!


May 10, 2017 07:46 AM
Edward Drennan
Century 21 Miller Real Estate Ltd. - Oakville, ON
Serving the Oakville, Ontario Area

Great tips thanks for sharing!

May 10, 2017 01:51 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I think this is a great list of tips that every Seller should have in their hand.

Many times it is the small things that are overlooked but make a negative impression.


May 10, 2017 04:40 PM
John Dotson
Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC - Highlands, NC
The experience to get you to the other side!

Rhonda,  These are some of the best "housekeeping" tips I have seen.  Sometimes, after a long Winter, I am ready for Spring, but there is always something to be done.  Same thing happens at the other end of the season to get ready for Winter.

May 22, 2017 07:35 AM