Getting your home show-ready in an hour

Posted by on Monday, June 8th, 2015 at 9:25am

When your house is on the market, real estate agents may call wanting to show the home with little notice. In addition to making sure your home is decluttered and clean to ease the moving process, it also needs to be show-ready.

Whether you have ten minutes to get your home ready or an hour, Suburble put together a checklist of things to remember to make sure you (and your home) can put your best foot forward.

If you have ten minutes:

  • Panic! Okay, now check that off the list. You’re already making progress!
  • Make the beds
  • Grab a laundry basket – throw all of the clutter into it and put the basket into the car. You’ll sort it when you get back.
  • Empty all trash cans into a garbage bag and take out (or take it with you).
  • Put up your “show towels.” (Tara note: clean hand and bath towels can make a huge difference in the way your bathroom looks. I go for clean, white, fluffy towels.)
  • Close all toilet seats.
  • Wipe down all countertops and sinks with damp cloth.
  • Turn on all lights in the house.

If you have an hour:

  • Do everything on the ten minute list!
  • Vacuum all carpeted areas.
  • Sweep all hard-surfaced floors and spot-mop any sticky spots.
  • Use cleaner or vinegar and water to clean all glass and mirrored surfaces.
  • Give the toilets a scrub and wipe down tubs.
  • Clear kitchen countertops as much as possible. All dishes should be in the dishwasher, and put soaps and scrubbies under the sink.
  • Give kitchen cupboards a quick wipe down.
  • Laundry should be folded and put away (or chucked into a laundry basket and put into your car – deal with it later if you don’t have time).
  • Sweep the front walk and shake out the doormat.

Done! You did it! Now, leave the house for a bit – go for a walk, grab coffee, relax – while your home is being shown.

You can download a free printable checklist from here.

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