What to do when you get a last minute showing!!!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 573728

You just got a call that an agent wants to show your house in 20 minutes.  The kids are off school today and you have been slacking on the housework.  You are in no way, shape, or form ready to have someone see your house in its current state.  And you can hear Susan Nealey's voice in your head screaming "NEVER REFUSE A SHOWING!!!!"

Soooooo....this is what you do!

Every kid runs up to his/her own room.  Pulls the bedding up and fluffs the pillows.  Buyers actually like to see that the  kids tried to keep their rooms looking nice even if it's not perfect.  Kick the toys, jammies and dirty underwear under the bed so no one trips when they come into the room.  Remember what I said about no one ever looking under the bed.

Somebody runs to the bathroom!  No, not to use it.   Clean it--hang the towels nicely, use a piece of toilet paper to wipe the hair off the sink, shut the shower curtain, and shove eveything else in the clothes hamper.

Meantime, Mom can shove the video games in the TV cabinet, fluff pillows, and cram the newspapers under the couch cushions!

Everyone meet in the kitchen and toss all dishes that are on the counter in the dishwasher--dirty or clean!!  It's faster than trying to put them away.  Stick the pots and pans in the oven!

Kids (or anyone!) grab all extra clothing that is laying around and take it with you in the car.  Go get in the car and wait for Mom!

Mom--just before you leave, calmly grab the 409 and run to the front door and spray it in the air.  Just a few quick bursts.  Trust me , it works every time and your feedback will be "Her house smelled so clean!"

Now leave!  20 minutes!  BAM!!

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Susan Nealey


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

4 Church Circle

Annapolis, MD 21401

Serving Annapolis, Severna Park, and All Surrounding Areas


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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

You forgot to add open the washing machine door and throw everything within reach inside.

Dec 08, 2017 12:13 PM #1
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Great suggestions for those who are not keeping up with showing condition quite as well as they should. I am always amazed at sinks full of dirty dishes and dirty clothes on the floor!


Dec 08, 2017 12:16 PM #2
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Well obviously I prefer a bit more preparation, LOL, but this is better than those sellers who make no effort at all. I've been seeing some real messy homes lately on our mls.

Dec 08, 2017 01:39 PM #3
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Susan Nealey,

I had to laugh because obviously you'd like to have more time to prepare for a showing but when you're given such short notice having a game plan like this works!

Dec 08, 2017 06:32 PM #4
Golden1 Agents
San Mateo, CA

Thanks for sharing this.

Dec 14, 2017 03:41 AM #5
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