Here is a list of things to check before your start showing your home:

Exterior

  • House in general good repair

  • House number easy to read

  • Eaves troughs, down spouts and soffits in good repair

  • Garage/car port and driveway clean and tidy

  • Litter picked up

  • Cracked or broken window panes replaced

  • Lawns and hedges cut and trimmed, garden weeded and edged

  • Walks shoveled and salted or weedless and clean

  • Boot tray or large mat inside front door

  • Doorbell and door hardware in good repair

  • Porch and foyer clean and tidy

Interior

  • Chipped plaster and paint touched-up and replaced

  • Doors and cupboards properly closed

  • Leaky taps and toilets repaired

  • Burned out light bulbs replaced

  • Squeaky doors oiled

  • Mirrors, fixtures and taps cleaned and polished

  • Seals around tubs and basins in good repair

  • Floors cleaned, garbage containers empty

  • Inside of closets and cupboards neat and tidy

  • Appliances cleaned

  • Countertops neat and polished

  • All lights turned on

  • Air conditioner turned on in warm weather

  • Fresh air in house, void of unpleasant or strong odours

  • Fireplace lit in cooler weather/cleaned out in warm weather

  • Halls and stairs clean and tidy

  • Drapes opened during daylight/closed in the evening

  • Carpets freshly vacuumed and clean

  • Fresh flowers in various rooms

  • Jewelry and valuables locked safely away or taken with you

  • Valuable property, such as objects of art, vases and figurines out of reach, out of sight, or locked away

  • Pets preferably absent, when possible, or contained during the showing, and litter boxes clean