The Nitty Gritty of Preparing Your Home for Showings


There are so many blogs about how to best prepare your home for sale and for showings. (And as an aside, I must admit that I’ve written one, two or three of these blogs myself….😉) But I especially love this nitty gritty, no nonsense, short and sweet list* of what to do to make your home shine before a showing:



  1. Keep the lawn trimmed and edged.

  2. Trim the shrubs and eliminate dead trees and branches.

  3. Keep the yard free of debris.

  4. Confine outdoor toys to the back yard and keep them in a bin or container.

  5. Clean downspouts and gutters.

  6. Replace any broken windows.

  7. Keep the front entrance particularly clean, well-swept and add a colorful pot of flowers.


  1. Keep the walkways well shoveled and sanded.

  2. Keep the driveway well plowed.

  3. Be sure that all exterior light fixtures are in good working order especially given that it can be dark by 4:30 p.m.


  1. Ensure that walls are clean and free of smudges and fingerprints.

  2. Scrub bathrooms, bleach mildewed surfaces and recaulk the tub/shower, if needed.

  3. Wash windows inside and out.

  4. Shampoo soiled wall-to-wall carpeting. If a shampoo cleaning won’t remedy the soiled state of the carpet, remove or replace it.

  5. Repair loose doorknobs.

  6. Install high wattage light bulbs in all fixtures.

  7. Clean out and organize the closets.

  8. De-clutter countertops, basement, garage, etc.

  9. Open the curtains and blinds for maximum light.

It basically comes down to that old adage – you only have one chance to make a great first impression. Of course, there are many more things that you can do to make your house sparkle and shine before a showing, but this list is a great place to start.

What are your thoughts? Have you followed some of the items on this list when you were selling your home and preparing for a showing? Any other things you did to make your home show-ready? I can’t wait to hear….

For more information on this or about the real estate market in Weston, Wellesley, Wayland and the surrounding towns or if you are considering selling your home, please contact me, Lisa Curlett (, 781-267-2844 or, to answer any questions or for a complimentary home appraisal.

* This list was artfully written by Pinnacle Residential Properties, and I’ve added a few edifications…