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

Reblogger Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

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.

Original content by Kathy Streib

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!!!!


 Kathy Streib 

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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning again Sally.

Like I told Kathy.  I was showing a home once, I opened the door and immediately shut it.  The smell was so overwhelming I wouldn't go inside.  My buyers agreed

Apr 10, 2019 02:44 AM #1
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

You hit the nail on the head, thanks for sharing! Great checklist.

It’s hard to keep your house in Show Ready condition,

especially when you have a family including our 4 legged members.


Apr 10, 2019 04:06 AM #2
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

This is a great re-blog.  Kathy has hit on the important points so a home is ready for showing!

Apr 10, 2019 04:30 AM #3
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Ashburn, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

A great re-blog, Kathy really hits on all the points. Sellers who take her advice and implement will find their home under contract quickly. 

Apr 10, 2019 05:00 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Sally. Kathy is always full of good advice. Enjoy your day!

Apr 10, 2019 05:24 AM #5
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally and David Kathy Streib put a good list together, and like I commented on her blog most of these are common sense things to do especially #1.

Apr 10, 2019 07:22 AM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

*Thank you for sharing, I picked up more the second time around. You chose a great post to reblog 🤓 Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Apr 10, 2019 08:19 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson - Another great reblog and checklist that sellers should keep handy. 

Apr 10, 2019 03:54 PM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Thank you for the reblog!!!

Apr 10, 2019 06:37 PM #9
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