Do You Have a Pre-Showing Checklist?

Your realtor calls to ask if she can bring someone over, like now. You don't dare say no. Are you ready?

Having a printed checklist will come to your rescue at times like this.

This list was originally created by a friend who had a house on the market. She has four children. You can call her compulsive if you like, but I love the way she balances her preference for cleanliness with sane living. She knew it was important to keep her house show-me ready until it sold. 
  • Swiffer the floor, and check carpeting for bits of debris.
  • Relocate anything that’s in the sink to the dishwasher. Wipe sink, faucet, stovetop and counters.
  • Wipe bath counters, sinks and faucets.
  • Bring out the good towels.
  • Add scented cleaner to toilets and put lids down.
  • Walk through house and toss any stray items into laundry basket that goes into car.
  • Double-check desk top and tables to be sure all personal papers, credit cards, calendars, mail and valuables are out of sight.
  • Collect prescription medications in bag to take with you.
  • Empty all wastebaskets and kitchen garbage into a garbage bag, and remove to outside garbage container.
  • Cover laundry in hampers.
  • Put toiletries out of sight.
  • Check shower and tub areas for toys, soap, stray hairs and facecloths.
  • Stash small throw rugs under beds or somewhere out of sight.
  • Close all closet doors.
  • Open all draperies, curtains and window blinds.
  • Make sure the temperature is comfortable by adjusting the heat or air conditioning, or opening windows.
  • Fluff pillows, and smooth bedspreads and slipcovers.
  • Turn on all lights and ceiling fans. 

    I believe it will calm you just knowing this list exists, and it will speed things up when you get The Call.

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