1. Make your House shine! Clean your home thoroughly the day before your scheduled open house.
2. Let there be light! Turn on all of the lights in your home. Open all of the curtains and blinds to let in natural light.
4. Make sure all of your toilet seats are down and the lids are closed.
5. Empty all trash cans – and hide them, if possible.
6. Make sure there are no dirty dishes in the sink or on the counter.
7. Make sure all closets and cabinet doors are closed.
8. Air out your house. Open the windows and doors for a while to let in fresh air in.
9. If possible, arrange an away-from-home play date or pet sitter for your pets during showings.
10. Do not run washing machines, dryers or other appliances during open houses and showings.
11. Make sure there are no open laundry baskets and no visible laundry in the washer or laundry room.
12. Clean litter boxes and check the yard for pet waste.
13. Deodorize your garbage disposal by cutting a lemon in half and running it through the disposal.
14. Remove used towels from bathrooms and personal care products from the vanity, back of toilet, and bathtub or shower.
15. Do a final dusting, sweeping and vacuuming just before the open house or showing.
16. Check for crumbs under tables, on counters, on chairs and near baseboards.
17. If you have attractive tableware, set your dining room table as if dinner party guests are about to arrive.
18. If you have a great shower, open the curtain halfway to show it off.
19. If you have a fireplace and weather permits, light an inviting fire.
20. Create welcoming aromas with potpourri, freshly baked cookies or boiling cinnamon sticks.
This is the best time for you to go shopping, grab coffee or run errands, and let your REALTOR handle showing your home and answering questions. Buyers are generally most comfortable when the homeowner is not home, which allows them to more freely wander around, ask questions and voice their opinion.