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How to Prepare for a Showing Appointment

How to Prepare for a Showing Appointment

A formula that really works

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So you have 3 showings the day it is listed and now it’s back to the work week.  The first 3 weeks of a listing is the busiest and you must be prepared for every showing like it was the only one you are ever going to get.   Make it count.   I discuss tips and musts you need to take in your busy schedule to hit that showing out of the park.  Topics include:

Pick up every room

Work backward from the entry point of the home to the furthest bedroom picking up everything up off the floors and counter surfaces.


Clean off counters

All counters should be clean and clear. Remove clutter as well - small appliances, knick knacks, and odds and ends should be stored.


Beds made

All the beds in the home should be made. If your bed spreads are old replace them!


Garbage cans empty

All garbage cans need to be empty. Also wash them out once a week and give them a quick spay of disinfectant to cut down odors.  Odors are the number one killer of a great showing.


Carpets vacuumed

Vacuuming fluffs them up and makes them look new. Focus your efforts on the entry and living room.


Lights on

A dark home is gloomy. Turn on all the lights in the home, and open drapes and blinds to brighten the home. Also be sure your windows are clean.


Load the dishwasher

Clear the dishes off the counters by loading the dishwasher but don't start the cycle if it will be running during the showing.


Load the washer and dryer

Clothes should be picked up and either placed in a hamper or loaded into the washer or dryer. Again don't start the cycle if it will be running during the showing.


Put Valuables Away

Prescription medication and valuables should be locked up.  We are all busy but it is a conversation best avoided if they are put away.