Open House Checklist

What to do to get your home ready for potential buyers.



  • Clean up the yard
  • Weed garden beds
  • Tidy the lawn
  • Plant some flowers
  • Make any repairs that need to be done (fences, downspouts, peeling paint, etc)
  • Make sure people can walk around your home safely (without too much clutter, or risk of tripping on hoses or yard toys & tools)
  • Have a nice welcome mat
  • Make sure doorbell works


  • Make your home smell great! (Use cookies or air fresheners to add scent appeal. Just remember that there is too much of a good thing, so use sparingly)
  • Declutter (you may love your antique tea cup collection, but home buyers only see ‘stuff’, pack it up and store safely in your basement, garage or a rented storage unit)
  • Depersonalize (people need to see themselves living in your home, remove personal pictures and other items specific to you and your family)
  • Clean your windows
  • Open blinds or curtains and let the sun shine in!
  • Replace any burnt out light bulbs with high-wattage options to brighten your space
  • Make sure closets are organized and doors are easy to open
  • Clean your bathroom
  • Put on a documentary or nice stock images on your television to add interest and comfort
  • Do not leave dishes in the sink
  • Clear counter tops
  • Put out fresh flowers or plants to add life
  • Hang matching towels (clean, and new)
  • If you have a theme in your home make sure to tie it all together and match it through your home.
  • Clean your kitchen
  • Do your laundry (a great tip; use your washer as your laundry basket to keep dirty clothes in check)
  • Clean, clean clean! (Every room, top to bottom)

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