Sandra Sass

Office: 204.233.9396 |

Preparing your home for Showings

The decision to buy a house is not solely based upon rational factors such as price, location and accessibility to services. It is also an emotional choice. It is a search for a home, a place in which one will find comfort, security and happiness, a place one would want to settle down and live in.


Emotions are set early, so it is important that minor, even typical, nuisances such as an unmowed lawn or a pile of boots by the door are looked after. After only fifteen seconds most buyers have already developed a perception of your property that will color their feelings for the rest of the showing and perhaps dramatically affect their perceived value of the property.

The Presentation

Turn on all lights and open all drapes in the daytime. Play quiet background music. Turn on air-conditioning or light the fireplace.

Keep pets outside during showings (or better yet take them away from the house with you) have as few people in the house as possible. If you can, be absent during any showings as potential buyers often feel awkward and rush through if they think they are inconveniencing the owner.

Love at First Sight

Plant flowers, weed and edge garden

Mow lawn & trim hedges and shrubs

Clean driveway and sidewalks of dirt leaves & snow

Water lawn extensively, well in advance of selling

Remove old lawn ornaments, toys & play sets

Clean & repair rain gutters and siding

Touch up exterior paint

Clean out garage & pick up any litter

This Place is so clean and Tidy

Clear all counter tops

De-clutter all heavy traffic areas

Store surplus furniture to reduce feeling crowded

Put all seasonal clothing into storage

Make all closets neat & tidy (and only half full, even if this means moving items to another storage area)

Make mirrors glitter and appliances sparkle

Wash and polish all floors

Clean & freshen bathrooms

Clean/Shampoo all carpets

Clean all windows, walls doors & trim

Touch up interior paint and paper

Repair cracked plaster

Tighten door knobs and cupboard latches and oil any squeaky doors

Repair leaky plumbing (taps, shower heads, toilets)

Repair seals/caulking around bathtub & sinks

Replace burnt-out light bulbs & install brighter bulbs

Clean out furnace & humidifier & repair any other minor flaws

Cleanliness is a Virtue

Make mirrors glitter and appliances sparkle
Wash and polish all floors
Clean & freshen bathrooms
Clean/Shampoo all carpets
Clean all windows, walls doors & trim

It is very Well-Maintained!

Touch up interior paint and paper
Repair cracked plaster
Tighten door knobs and cupboard latches and oil any squeaky doors
Repair leaky plumbing (taps, shower heads, toilets)
Repair seals/caulking around bathtub & sinks
Replace burnt-out light bulbs & install brighter bulbs
Clean out furnace & humidifier & repair any other minor flaws