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Open-House Checklist

We get so accustomed to our own “stuff” that we forget what it might look like to a first-time visitor or prospective buyer. Whether it’s the pile of magazines and newspapers at the front door or your magnet collection on the refrigerator, if it can be moved – move it. The goal is to have the buyer be able to envision living in your home. But if they see it as YOUR home, it can be very difficult. Removing as many personal items and clutter as possible – can go a long way.

Your home should look as large and clean as possible. This will convey to the buyer that there’s plenty of room for their own items and that the house has been well cared for and maintained. Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Clean and De-Clutter

Remove all clutter from the house. Are countertops free and clear?
Have you removed unnecessary furniture throughout the house?
Remove the art gallery and coupon collection from the refrigerator.

Check the Bathrooms

Are the surfaces clean and clear?
Are shower curtains and doors hung properly?
Is the flooring clean and fresh?
Are towels neatly hung?

Check the Floors, Walls, Windows & Window Coverings

Is the carpet clean and free from stains?
Are hard surface floors clean and free from stains?
Are all the windows clean?
Are draperies and blinds clean?
Is paint and wallpaper fresh and clean?
Are the walls free from holes?
Are there any colors or objects on the walls that need to be removed?

How’s the Aroma & Mood of the Room? Do You Have Pets?

Try to air out the home prior to showings.
If air freshener is necessary, use well before showings as a consideration to those with allergies.
Open draperies and blinds
Turn on the radio to a classical music station, set the volume on low.
If you have time, cook a batch of cookies to have the warm, welcoming aroma permeating the home.
Are there any signs that this is a pet’s home?
Be sure to clean and remove kitty litter, pet toys and bedding

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