How to Show Your Home
OUTSIDE: Trim all
shrubs. Pull all weeds. Flowers planted. Leaves raked. Water lawn
to keep green. Pick up and discard or store all implements, materials
and debris that are not part of the lawn decor. All windows washed.
Garage should be swept, neat and tidy. During the winter, all walks
and drives should be shoveled and salted.
LIGHTING: Open all
shades and draperies during the daylight hours. Replace all burned
out light bulbs with the maximum light producing bulbs. Turn on
all lights throughout the house and basement prior to showing the
STORAGE: All clothing,
shoes, hats, accessories, tools, papers, magazines, books and personal
items not contributing to the decor of the room should be stored
in closets or dressers. All closets should be tidy, neat and clean.
Basement storage areas should be neatly arranged. Kitchen counters
should be clean and free of any articles not contributing to the
decor of the room. All magazines, books, ashtrays, food, bottles,
containers, boxes, cans, toys, hobby accessories, tools, dishes,
cookware, etc. should be stored in the proper cupboards or closets
or storage areas.
CLOSETS: The interiors
of all closets should present an organized, tidy and uncluttered
appearance. All unneeded or unused items should be discarded. Display
your storage and utility space by removing all unnecessary accumulations
in attic, stairways, basement, closets and garage.
WINDOWS: All windows
should be spotlessly clean inside and out. All window sills, as
well as any space between the window and storm window should be
spotlessly clean and free of any flaking or loose paint. All windows
should be in good repair with no cracks. Screens should be clean
and in good condition, free of rust and holes. Any paint on glass
should be removed with a razor blade prior to cleaning.
FIXTURES: All bathroom
and kitchen fixtures and counters should be sparkling clean. Polish
chrome faucets and handles in the tub and sinks. All sinks, tubs,
toilets and counters should be clean.
FLOORS: All flooring
should be clean and waxed if necessary. All carpeting should be
very clean regardless of its age. If the carpeting has not been
steam cleaned for more than two years, now is the time to do it.
Basement floors should be swept and mopped.
DOORS: All doors
should be free of scotch tape, posters, decals, or stickers. All
door handles should be clean and in good repair.
CERAMIC TILE: All
joints between tiles should be clean and white. Use DAP bathroom
tile sealer to reseal the joint between bathtub and wall and floor.
WALLS: All walls
should be clean and free of gouges, scratches, smudges, scotch tape,
posters, thumbtacks, etc. Walls should only have decorative items.
Posters and paper pictures taped to walls should be removed and
all evidence of the tape markings removed.
ODOR: Nothing smells
better than fresh air. On warm days, have your windows open and
shades up. Make your home feel and smell bright, fresh and clean
and you will have a faster sale. KEY POINT: Make very sure that
there are absolutely no pet odors.
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