Home Showing Checklist Free Printable

Our first home showing was a nerve wracking experience. Everything had to be to perfection and no stone left unturned. Flowers on the island, cookies on the table, and the home freshly cleaned minutes before. Even the laundry was gathered and stuffed into the back of our car.

As days turn into weeks, we’ve developed a system to have our home show ready in 30 minutes or less. The laundry stays in its respective baskets right there on the washer and dryer and flowers and cookies have been replaced with mints and flyers.

We’ve accomplished the pre-requisites of staging our home, clean and mow on a weekly basis, and clean up after ourselves (ahem, most of the time).

Consistency in keeping up with cleaning and yard work makes for a simple Home Showing Checklist!

You get the call, buyers are in your neighborhood, you have to act FAST!

The Home Showing Checklist makes it easy to get the rest of the family involved too!

This Home Showing Checklist will set you in motion to get your house show ready in 30 minutes or less!Click To Tweet

We are going to attempt to appeal to potential buyer’s 5 senses. Sight is the most popular choice as we sell our homes but we can appeal to a few other senses too!

Home Showing Checklist

Scents

Appeal to buyers sense of smell. Whether you like to bake cookies, light a candle, or use a diffuser. Make it smell great!

We love using our diffuser with lemon and lavender essential oils. It’s quick and easy!

Soft Music

Consider the power of music and play it softly in the background.

Xfinity works great for this! 

Open Curtains and Blinds

Don’t just open blinds, open them and pull them up! Let as much light in as possible!

Lights

Turn on every single light in the house! Overhead, lamps, stove, every light!

Make Beds

I’ve given up this battle as a morning routine. If you can swing it, by all means, do! If not, make it a part of your 30 minute home showing routine.

Spot Vacuum

You’ve already cleaned once this week. No need to thoroughly clean for each showing. That will drive you bananas! Vacuum those common areas, if they need it.

Do the Dishes

You’re being extra good about staying on top of the dishes but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a few in the sink when you get that call. Throw them in the dishwasher or switch them out.

Pick Up Clutter

Do a quick run through and pick up anything that doesn’t belong. Mail, shoes, backpacks, and even that pesky back scratcher. Put them in their rightful home!

Wipe Down Sinks and Counters

Give the kitchen and bathroom sinks and counters a quick once over. Check the mirrors and straighten the towels.

Some may even reserve special towels just for showings. I’m just too lazy for that!

Close Toilet Lids

Put those lids down! It just looks better. Plus, you’ll know if someone has been trying out your toilet!

Put Away Pet Dishes and Supplies

Have pets? Put away their belongings! Just like we clean up our own clutter and dishes, we should clean up the pets’ too!

Some people have an aversion to pets. Just avoid that aversion by putting pet stuff away!

Lock Up Valuables and Prescriptions

Don’t leave anything to chance. It’s unnerving enough to give agents and buyers, you’ve never met in your life, free reign of your home. Lock up jewelry, guns, prescriptions, electronics, and anything else of value.

home showing checklist free printable

 

What sense did we miss? We covered sight, smell, hearing, and I’m sure potential buyers have touched something. That leaves taste. We’ve left a few mints on the counter, does that count? I’m certainly not baking cookies every time. That doesn’t fit into my 30 minute routine!

What would you add to the Home Showing Checklist?

There’s a line for that too! Or three!

 

 

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  • kay ~ the barefoot minimalist Oct 2, 2016, 12:25 am

    Oh my goodness, staging the house for every showing can be so tiring! I’ve wearily sat in the car down the street waiting for the realtor and potential home buyers to leave, in a blizzard! Your list is awesome Jayleen. I can’t think of anything you’ve missed. I used to do the flowers on the table thing too. It really is a beautiful way to class up the place! 🙂

    • Sunshine and Rainy Days Oct 7, 2016, 6:57 am

      In a blizzard! Oh my! Flowers are great, especially when you can pick them from your own yard! I got lazy though;0) So good to hear from you, Kay!