10 Steps to Prepare Your Home for a Successful Showing

First impressions are everything when you are selling a home at the Lake of the Ozarks. You are staging your home for potential buyers and want them to feel comfortable. They should be able to picture themselves living there. Each time you have a showing, your home should look its best. To achieve this, lets look at 10 ways to prepare for a showing:

1. Mini Mop Up

Sweep the kitchen, bathrooms, and entryway floors. If needed, use a sponge or wet towel to remove any spots or debris. A mop that uses refillable wet cloths works good for quick jobs.

2. Quick Dust

Quickly wipe down the furniture, TV screens, and computer monitors to make them shine. Anywhere else in your home that tends to collect fingerprints should be wiped down also. Check for smudges if you have stainless steel appliances.

3. Clean Off Countertops

All countertops should be cleaned and cleared off. Remove clutter such as knickknacks, mail, papers, and magazines. Small appliances such as toasters or blenders should be stored as well.

4. Make the Beds

All the beds in your home should be made. If your bed covers are faded, dated, or torn, consider getting them updated. 

5. Empty the Garbage Cans

All the trash should be emptied from garbage cans in your home. Eliminate odors by washing them inside and out and spraying them with a disinfectant weekly.

6. Vaccuum the Carpet

Fluff up the carpets and rugs by giving them a quick once over. Spend more time on the entryway and living room.

7. Turn Lights On

Make sure all of the lights and fixtures are on in your house to brighten it up. Open up drapes and blinds to let the natural light in. Be sure your windows are clean.

8. Load the Dishwasher

Make sure all of your dirty dishes are put in the dishwasher and not left in your sink or on top of your counters. Just be sure not to run the dishwasher during the showing.

9. Load the Washer and Dryer 

All clothes should be picked up and placed in a hamper or loaded in the washer. Again, don't run the cycle if it will be running during the showing.

10. Pick Up Every Room

Work backward from the entryway of the home to the furthest room in the house. Pick up everything off of the floors, counters, and dressers.  If you can't get everything done, do the most important things first.

If You Have Extra Time


Once you perform these 10 basic tasks, daily upkeep should be quick and easy. If you find you have plenty of time, create an extra welcoming ambiance when buyers are expected. One way to do this is to put baked goods in the oven to give off a pleasing aroma. The scent will waft from the kitchen throughout the home. Playing soothing music in the background will also create a pleasant environment.

Let Devine & Associates List Your Home at the Lake of the Ozarks


When you list a home at the Lake of the Ozarks, de-cluttering and cleaning up your home can ensure a good showing. Although the buyer is a guest in your home, you want them to imagine owning the home themselves. If you plan on listing your home in the near future, Devine & Associates will guide you through the process of selling your home at the Lake of the Ozarks.


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