Preparing Your Home for Showing

First impressions really count with homebuyers. A small investment in time and effort can provide a big advantage when your REALTOR shows your home to a prospective buyer.

Here are some suggestions for preparing your home for showing.

First Impression / General

  • House exterior in good repair
  • House number easy to see
  • Eaves troughs, downspouts and soffits painted and in good repair
  • Garage/car port clean and tidy
  • Litter picked up
  • Cracked or broken window panes replaced

First Impression / Summer

  • Lawns cut and raked
  • Hedges and shrubs trimmed
  • Gardens weeded and edged

First Impression / Winter

  • Snow and ice cleared away from walks and driveway
  • Sidewalks sanded or salted
  • Boot tray inside front door

At the Front Door

  • Doorbell works
  • Door hardware in good repair
  • Porch and foyer clean and tidy
  • Fresh air in house

Interior Maintenance

  • Cracked plaster repaired
  • Chipped paint touched up
  • Door knobs and cupboard latches tight
  • Leaky taps and toilets repaired
  • Furnace wiped down and cleaned
  • Burned out light bulbs replaced
  • Squeaky doors oiled


  • Mirrors, fixtures and taps cleaned and polished
  • Leaky taps and toilets repaired
  • Seals around tubs and basins in good repair
  • Floors cleaned, garbage containers emptied
  • Inside of cupboards and cabinets clean and neat
  • Towels clean and matching
  • Clutter put away


  • Sinks and taps clean and polished
  • Appliances cleaned
  • Countertops clear and polished
  • Inside of cupboards and cabinets clean and neat
  • Small appliances put away
  • Clutter put away

Creating a Buying Atmosphere

  • All lights turned on
  • Air conditioner turned on in warm weather
  • Fireplace lit in cooler weather
  • Closets neat and tidy
  • Halls and stairs cleared of clutter
  • Drapes opened during daylight
  • Background music played quietly
  • Carpets freshly vacuumed
  • Fresh flowers in various rooms
  • Pets contained or absent during the showing


  • Jewellery and valuables locked safely away or taken with you
  • Valuable property (such as objects of art, vases, figurines, mementos) are safely situated, out of reach or locked away

More Tips on Showing

(Discuss with Sales Representative)

Apr 12 2006