How to Prepare Your Home for Showings

As a seller, you want your home to sell quickly and for the most amount of money. The best thing you can do to achieve that is to put some time and effort into getting your property ready for showings. Use this checklist to prepare your home for potential buyers.

1. Plan Ahead

  • Walkthrough each room and critique the home from a buyer’s perspective,
  • Consider getting a professional home inspection to see if any repairs are needed.
  • Hire a contractor to handle any major projects.
  • Hold a yard sale. Sell, donate or trash anything you don’t need.

2. Clean, Declutter, and Depersonalize

  • Thoroughly clean the entire home.
  • Scrub tile in kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Clean hardwood floors.
  • Steam clean carpets and drapes. Consider replacing the carpet if stains are prominent.
  • Get rid of dust bunnies.
  • Repair cracks and holes in walls.
  • Paint interior walls with neutral colors, like beige, cream, or light pastels. Pale blues and greens are good for bathrooms.
  • Remove excess and oversized furniture.
  • Rearrange furniture to maximize space.
  • Organize room closets and store out-of-season clothes.
  • Remove all small appliances, toys, magazines, and pet items.
  • Remove family photos, personal collections, and medications.
  • Declutter garage and store unnecessary items off-site.
  • Secure valuable items, including cash and jewelry.

3. Show Off Your Home’s Best Features

  • Remove rugs to show off hardwood floors. 
  • Pull back drapes to showcase nice views. 
  • Stage the front porch or deck with furniture and potted plants. 
  • Make sure fireplaces are in working condition. 
  • Clean backyard and pool area.
Preparing your house for potential buyers is a crucial step and could be the difference between your home selling quickly or sitting on the market for an extended period possibly costing you thousands of dollars. Take advantage of our concierge services today and let us get your home ready and sold for the most amount of money in the least amount of time.



Patrick and Polina have lived in Southern Oregon for more than a decade. They know – and love – this area and often refer to it as “America’s Best Kept Secret.” Whether you are looking to purchase your dream home, sell your existing property or build your real estate portfolio, this dynamic duo has the insight, creativity, and a clear understanding of the market to ensure your success. While Patrick and Polina work collaboratively throughout the process, you will see that each of them brings something unique and valuable to the team, giving you the competitive advantage in every scenario.