Before each showing
Turn on ALL the lights including appliance lights and closet lights (make sure no bulbs are missing or burned out).
02 Shutters and drapes
Open the shutters and drapes to show how bright and cheerful the home is and to show off any views that you may have.
03 TV and music
Turn off TVs or tune to a music station that plays mellow music.
Make sure the temperature inside the home is comfortable. The last thing you want is for the home to be too hot and the Buyer doesn’t want to stay long enough to look thoroughly at your home!
Turn on the pool water feature (if evening showing, pool light as well).
All beds should be made.
Make sure dirty dishes are out of the sink.
Ensure all toilet seats are down.
If possible, tuck away all personal products in the shower/baths too!
Lock up valuables, jewelry, and money. Although a real estate salesperson will be on site during the showing or open house, it’s impossible to watch everyone all the time.
Send your pets to a neighbor or take them outside. If that isn’t possible, crate them or confine them to one room (ideally in the basement) – DON’T FORGET to let the agent know where they’ll be to eliminate surprises.
12 Vacate your home
Leave the home! It’s always best if the sellers are not at home. You want prospective buyers to feel comfortable to look in your closets and express their opinions of your home without you there.