Real Estate

How to get your home ready for a showing in record time


Your Realtor® just called, there is a buyer nearby who would like to see your home within the hour.  Will your home be ready to show at the last minute?

Every seller who lives in their home while it’s listed for sale loves the luxury of a 24-hour notice before showings.  But in today’s fast paced real estate world that is not always possible.

Here’s how to get your home show ready in record time-

Start at the back of the house and move toward the door you are going to leave through.

Bedrooms– pick up clutter on the floor, if you don’t have time to put away all of the children’s toys place the items in the hamper and cover with clothes.  Quickly make the bed if you didn’t do so this morning.  Open the window shades and turn on the lights.

Bathrooms– Make sure the toilet is flushed and the lid is down.  Quickly wipe the counter, sink, faucet and mirror.  Empty the trash and close the shower curtain.  Turn on the lights.

Living area– Quickly pick up any clutter.  Boxes on tables tops and baskets on the floor make great places to store television remotes, children’s toys, magazines and more.  Place a folded blanket on top of the basket to cover items quickly stored inside if needed.  Plump and straighten your sofa cushions and throw pillows.  Open the blinds and turn on the lights.

Kitchen– Place any dirty dishes in the dishwasher.  Wipe down all counter tops, stove top, and appliances.  Do a quick sweep if needed.  Turn on the lights.

Final items– Make sure all lights are on and take out the trash as you, the family and your pets leave for the showing.

I hope these tips help you, and remember if you make your bed and straightening up daily, your house can easily be show ready within an hour (or even less).

Kelly Harden, Realtor®

Mihara & Associates, Inc.



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