The Big Move: Checklist Before Showing

Morning y'all! We are showing our house today! It's not technically on the market yet.  We still have a couple of little things we have to finish before it's market ready so this is sort of like a practice showing, but with a legit, interested buyer.  I just had to sprinkle some fresh flowers around the house.  Trader Joe's y'all.  That orchid was $12.99! It's just as gorgeous as any $45 orchid I've seen.

Here's the checklist I devised for myself to prep the house for a showing.

Did I forget anything?

Getting your house ready to show is sort of a bizarre thing for someone like me who is constantly concerned with how my house looks.  Part of me is like, I don't want people to come in and think I don't have pictures of my family or prefer to keep my shelves bare, but the other part of me is like, whatever, I want to sell this place.  It's a strange dichotomy of making it look welcoming and ready to move in, but also like no one lives there, except like maybe an athlete or business person who travels a lot and just hired someone to furnish it with the bare necessities.

Tiny Dining Table
Case in point: the realtor suggested we take the leaves out our dining room table to show how big the dining room is.  We're using the same realtor who represented the sellers of our new house (he's a great negotiator), and I remember when I walked into the new house, the first thing I thought was, "Why do they have such a tiny dining table in here?" So now I'm all paranoid that people are going to come in and think the same thing about me.  And then someday, if I ever do design for a living, they'll be like, "no way, that girl loves tiny dining tables."

But Imma listen because, again, the point is to sell the house.


  1. Great tips. We will use several of those when we put our house up on the market next month. Good luck today! - Tonya

  2. I hear ya sister!!! WE are doing the same thing. Our house went on the market Monda, had one showing Wed. and one scheduled today that got cancelled. I have a very similiar checklist!!! Candle??? Do you leave one burning???? I know EXACTLY what you mean about the house being BARE BONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HATE IT, but if it sells the place, FINE!!! XO, Pinky

  3. Best of luck..have been there and I never got used to the fact that perfect strangers were coming into my home and going through our personal spaces but you do what you need to do! Your checklist is right on the money...and fresh flowers are always a good idea! Best of luck.......I have a good feeling about it. Fingers and toes crossed over this way:)

  4. It is a big job, isn't it? When the market was really good I had 3 or 4 realtors that I staged for. I just did a job 2 weeks ago- took me about 8 hours of hands on work (plus the owner working side by side). It sold to the first person going through. Not bad in a down market. I was thrilled.
    It is hard to LIVE bare bones but it does look SO GOOD! xo Diana

  5. Good luck. I hear from real estate friends that the market is getting better. Depersonalizing the house is difficult, but necessary. Don't think of it as your home anymore. It is a house for sale and it has to appeal to a large segment of the population that can picture themselves living in the space. The house looks great. I am sure someone is going to love it.

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