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The Complete List of Getting Your Home in “Show Ready” Condition May 4th, 2017 | Posted in General Real Estate, Other Interests, Real Estate

This is a document to include not only as a hard copy in your listing presentation but also in the seller section of your website. Why both places? Because they might not have read it online from your emailed package, because they might not have paid attention to the requests, or because you want to address only specific items in person.

Living Areas:

1. Repair any damages that may have caused ceiling or wall stains then repaint.

2. Have all walls and ceilings painted and crack free.

3. If repainting, stay with neutral, off-white colors.

4. Replace any burned out light bulbs with higher wattage bulbs.

5. Add higher wattage light bulbs, if rooms are dark.

6. Be sure all lighting switches are clean and in working order.

7. Wash and polish floors.

8. Remove stains from the carpeting, if possible.

9. Clean and organized closet space. Remove out of season clothing to make closets appear larger. Take storage to offsite storage areas.

10. Consider adding fresh flower arrangements throughout the house.

11. Sweep and clean the fireplace.

12. Make sure that all doors and windows open and close easily without squeaks.


13. Clean and organize all storage space.

14. Avoid clutter. Store small appliances. Take everything off the counter tops.

15. Clean ventilating hood and exhaust fan.

16. Sink, cabinets, appliances, and counter tops should be clean and fresh. It is not expensive to refinish.

17. Wash and reorganize cabinets. New knobs do wonders!


18. Check all faucets. Repair any dripping faucets. Clean rust stains or replace.

19. All surfaces should be spotless. Clear off vanity countertops.

20. Replace worn shower curtain(s).

21. Remove all personal care items from sight and neatly store.

22. Clean and organize drawers and linen closets.

23. Clean and repair caulking.

24. Take all prescription medicine out of cabinets and put out of sight.

General Interior Items:

25. Entry area should be spotless.

26. Entry area closet should appear roomy. Remove out of season items and add extra hangers.

27. Eliminate cooking, smoking, and pet odors.

28. If there are smoking odors, have furniture, drapes, and carpets cleaned or replaced.

29. If there are pet stains, carpet and padding will need replacement.

30. Stick to neutral colors, if painting or replacing carpets.

31. Wash all windows. Take advantage of natural sunlight.

32. Window screens should be in good condition and free from holes.

33. Make sure all lighting fixtures have working, high wattage light bulbs.

34. Increase bulb wattage in basement area.

35. Knick-knacks do not sell. Box and store them offsite.

36. Clean all wood and tile floors.

37. Get rid of cluttered closets. Leave very few items on the floor of closets. Box and store them offsite.

38. Consider moving large pieces of furniture into off site storage.

39. Clean and polish woodwork.

40. If the season is appropriate, open windows and let the fresh air into the house.

Basement, Attic, and Garage:

41. Dispose of everything you are not going to move.

42. Pack all items that you will not need until after the move and arrange neatly so the basement and attic can be inspected.

43. Basement and attic stairways should be well lit and free from clutter.

44. Increase bulb wattage on stairways and in basement, attic, and garage.

45. Basement and attic handrails must be secure.

46. If the basement is dark and gloomy, consider painting the ceilings and walls a light color.

47. Sweep the floor of the garage. Remove any stains or dirt.

48. Organize tools and garden equipment.

49. Wipe off any dust and dirt from the water heater and furnace.

50. Cure any water problems in the basement. Seek professional advice, if necessary.

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