Sellers...A 12 Point Checklist for When Your House is Being Shown.

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Sellers...A 12 Point Checklist for When Your House is Being Shown.


Once you’ve prepared your house to go on the market, your work doesn’t stop there.  You’ll want to be prepared to take advantage of every showing your house has.


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It’s hard to keep your house in Show Ready condition, especially when you have a family including our 4 legged members.


Below is a 12 point Checklist to help make sure that your house is ready to meet its new owners!!!


1. Remove all dishes from sinks and countertops.

This is something you’ll want to do the night before but we all have dishesthose last minute items. Make sure to place them in your dishwasher, or do as a friend of mine used to do when she was in a them in the refrigerator!

2. Turn on every light in your house and open up the blinds and window coverings.

Don’t make your buyers waste valuable viewing time trying to find a light switch.

3. Take a quick trip through your house with a basket or bag.

Pick up stray toys, papers, etc that have been left from the night before.

4. Empty all trash cans and wastebaskets.

No one wants to see your trash.

5. Run your disposal

This will only take a few seconds but drop in some ice cubes or baking soda and vinegar to eliminate any odors.

well made bed6. Make sure that all beds have been made

Don’t smirk and shake your head. Ask any agent and they will tell you that they have shown homes where beds have been left unmade!

7. Bathrooms

Hide personal items like toothpaste and brushes. Give the countertops a quick wipe down; commode lids DOWN, and towels folded neatly.

8. Office area

Turn off computers and if you have laptops, place them in a secure spot. Make sure that your personal papers are locked up as well.

9. Jewelry and medications

Do not leave these out. Make sure that they are locked away.

10. Laundry

No one wants to look in your laundry room only to see piles of clothes and towels. And it doesn’t matter if they’re clean!  This room is as important to a buyer as any other room.

Hopefully, you would have taken care of this the night before but if there is no time, toss it in the dryer.

11. DO NOT…

Do not light candles and leave!!!!!

12. And finally…. Leave!!!

Your agent has told you to do this but you have to leave for a showing.

Yes, you know more about your house than anyone but you can tank your showing by being there.

Buyers will still feel like guests in someone’s home if you are present and will not feel comfortable viewing it as their own.

AND...Sellers no matter what you think, you might just slip up and say something that you will regret.


Make every showing count!!!! Now Bring on the Buyers!!!!



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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

OK...I have two more. These are things to be before you first start showing the home:

1. Make sure the oven is clean

2. Change the air filter

The part about lighting candles is soooooo true. If you want it to smell nice rub a little vanilla (real, not imitation) on the light bulbs before turning them on.

Apr 09, 2019 07:01 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Great list to adhere too!  Sellers want people to see their home, so they can get it sold and I always warn them that it will not be comfortable.

Apr 09, 2019 07:19 AM #9
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy good list, and many of these things are common sense things to do, especially #1

Apr 09, 2019 07:23 AM #10
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great list, Kathy... and let me make it a baker's dozen and add one more item: do not set tv's and music to play loudly. (It's very distracting.) And don't forget about containing one's pets.

Apr 09, 2019 08:04 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - These are great suggestions that every seller should adhere to.  On a personal note, I remember very well a seller sticking around a home I was interested in and right in front of us said she would drop the price $10,000!  What it did was set me up for the home I really wanted knowing I had a great second choice option.  Those sellers lost $25,000 because I felt embolden after knowing what I could get for my second choice (same neighborhood) at a much better price! 

Apr 09, 2019 08:15 AM #12
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Ah, geez, I've kicked my way through crap a foot high on every flooring surface, stayed clear of the dish pile in the sink and hurried through bedrooms with unmade beds, and these are often the places that expect an agent and her buyers to slip on booties!!!!!!!!!!! A larger percentage (than you would think) of people selling homes are pigs.

Apr 09, 2019 10:46 AM #13
Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Kathy it is so important to spell out to sellers exactly what a show ready home needs to look like in order to get top dollar. Excellent list!

Apr 09, 2019 10:49 AM #14
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great list of to do's for a seller, and I like Nina Hollander additions.  A

Apr 09, 2019 12:20 PM #15
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Great tips Kathy! Yes, to all of the above.

I couldn't believe how many prescription drugs I saw at showings when we were helping our son find a home recently.

Apr 09, 2019 12:55 PM #16
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I’d be happy if my clients follow just one or two of these suggestions Kathy Streib 

Apr 09, 2019 02:52 PM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Donald Urschalitz best of luck with them.

Sham Reddy Thank you for stopping by.

Kat Palmiotti I agree and hopefully this list will help. 


Apr 09, 2019 08:07 PM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI Wayne Martin and thank you!!! Hope your spring weather has showed up. 

Michael Jacobs I'm laughing because the magnets are one of the first things we have our sellers remove. 

Apr 09, 2019 08:09 PM #19
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

We've all seen it, walk into a home and you have to kick the trash out of the way so you can enter.  I've had one, where when you opened the door the smell that came to great you, well we just shut the door and left.  

Apr 10, 2019 01:39 AM #20
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

This list belongs in every agent's "gentle reminder" notes to their Sellers who may overlook a thing or two in their hurry to prepare for a showing.

Apr 10, 2019 02:30 AM #21
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

This is a great list Kathy - and it's always good to be able to provide our seller with these 'gentle reminders' - 

Apr 10, 2019 04:31 AM #22
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Your list is great, Kathy. I tell sellers these things, but I think  I should print out your post and hand it to them.

Apr 10, 2019 08:15 PM #23
Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois - Frankfort, IL
Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos

applause for all the points, especially #12. So many times in my 32 year career serving chicago I have had to awkwardly tenderly asked the seller to please allow me to conduct the tour without your help. Some of them have got it, but most have not. The ones who did not get it, the buyer quickly loss interest in purchasing. I tell my Sellers during the listing presentation, you want buyers visualizing their living there. If you are in their face they only see you, and not themselves in your home you desire to sell. There are moments, especially in the winter when a seller can’t leave. At the very least don’t be in the same room when buyer is touring😂😅🤣.

Apr 11, 2019 07:04 AM #24
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

This is an excellent list for sellers to prep for showings. It's not too bad if you keep up with things daily (and I've been through it a number of times). Taking care of the pets and all of their stuff (litter boxes especially, and doggie droppings in the yard) is key.


Apr 11, 2019 08:21 AM #25
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Kathy, you have given a great list that will indeed help Sellers get their best offer.

At the listing appointment, after we have signed, I take the seller on a tour of their home and give them a list of things they need to do before we can start showing the property.

This list would be a great one to share.


Apr 11, 2019 08:50 AM #26
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I have listing coming in May and we are in this stage with the sellers. She is concerned about her jewelry, but upset that I recommend locking it up. Her response, I wear jewelry everyday and this will be so cumbersome...

People forget selling a house is different from living in a house - you have to be a bit inconvenienced for just a short while. 

Apr 13, 2019 07:10 AM #27
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