Buyers are looking for properties that are move-in ready, so first impressions count. Generally speaking, de-clutter and de-personalize. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and imagine your first visit to the house. When potential home buyers step into your house, if they see family pictures on the walls or someone else’s baby toys on the floor, it will feel like they are invading your home, instead of looking at a house to buy. When you work with Rob Mancey Realty, you’ll get insight into the following things to check before an open house:


  • Paint front door/garage so looking fresh
  • New, fresh door handle?
  • Grass mowed, flower gardens pretty, mulch neatly laid
  • Remove pet waste, leaves, and weeds, and pick-up toys
  • Stain/paint the deck/shutters
  • Pets outside
  • Fences/doors fixed
  • Clean windows

Main Floor

  • All lights turned on
  • Are floors clean? Are rugs shampooed and vacuumed?
  • Remove garbage
  • Turn lights on
  • Spotless kitchen, tidy countertops, most everything put away – promote ample counter space, preferable updated with granite/quartz and stainless steel appliances; pantry and storage space? Remove stuff from refrigerator
  • Closets neat and tidy
  • Make minor repairs where possible

Upper Level

  • All lights turned on, curtains left open, letting natural light in
  • Clean and tidy bathrooms, updated decor; lots of storage space; clean/repair caulking in bathrooms
  • Beds are all made
  • Toys put away, closets neat and tidy


  • All lights turned on
  • Kitty litter removed (no smells!)
  • Neat and tidy

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