Tips to Prepare Home to Show & Sell - Ready, Set, Go!

Raleigh Cary RealtorHome Showing Checklist


  • Pick up Lawn Tools, Toys, and Trashcans
  • Move Car/Auto from Driveway and in front of home (ok to leave in garage)
  • Pick up after pets
  • Remove obstructions from curb view
  • Lawn should be mowed; landscaping trimmed, walkways swept or blown
  • Welcome mat should be at entrance 

Cleaning the Interior 

  • Vacuum, sweep, swiffer & dust all surfaces
  • Pickup clutter from surfaces (schoolbooks, mail, dishes, etc.)
  • Empty wastebaskets; pick up dirty clothes; make the beds, put away unmentionables/laundry
  • Put away personal care items in the bathrooms, flush toilets, put down toilet seats
  • Clean all sinks, mirrors & faucets with glass cleaner
  • Make sure carpets are freshly vacuumed; rugs are clean, straight and non-slip
  • Freshen carpets, draperies and upholstery and kids rooms with an odor neutralizer - nothing too strong
  • Clean pet areas and remove pet beds & toys
  • Crate pets if possible or take with you
  • Organize & Pickup Kids Toys
  • Remove any Dishes from sink & counters
Get Ready for Showings 

  • Open shades & drapes - Let the sun shine in
  • Set a comfortable temperature - too warm or too cold will rush buyers
  • Turn on all lights throughout
  • Arrange fresh flowers in kitchen or key areas
  • Play soft music and turn off the television - careful not to have music too loud
  • Turn off all work sounds (dishwashers, washers, dryers, etc.)
  • Do a Final check of every room
  • Securely store mail, computers, valuables & medicines
  • Don't leave candles burning
  • Do Leave Cookies & Water Bottles
  • The Obvious
Do Allow Real Estate Sign in Yard
Do Allow Lockbox
Do Be Flexible with Show Times and Days
  • Don't Be at Home