Laurie Blaha

Preparing Your Home

Laurie Blaha

First impressions really count with home buyers. 

A small investment in time and effort can provide a BIG advantage when Laurie Blaha shows your home to prospective buyers.

Here are some suggestions for preparing your home for showings.

First Impressions/General

  • House Exterior in good repair
  • Windows cleaned inside and out
  • Eaves troughs, downspouts, soffits painted and in good repair
  • Garage/Carport clean and tidy
  • Cracked/broken windows replaced
  • Spring/Summer – lawns cut and raked, hedges trimmed, gardens weeded and edged
  • Fall – Leaves raked, walks swept, decks & patios cleared of leaves and debris
  • Winter – Snow/ice cleared, walkways salted or sanded

At the Front Door

  • Doorbell works
  • Door hardware in good repair
  • Porch and foyer clean and tidy

Interior Maintenance

  • Cracked drywall repaired
  • Paint touch up
  • Door knobs and cupboard latches tightened
  • Lightbulbs working ( frosted, warm white, consistent)
  • Carpets cleaned


  • Sinks and taps cleaned & polished
  • Appliances cleaned
  • Countertops cleared & polished
  • Inside cupboards  & cabinets cleaned & organized
  • Small appliances put away
  • Clutter put away


  • Mirrors, fixtures & taps cleaned, polished
  • Leaky taps, toilets repaired
  • Seals/caulking around tubs, shower, sinks in good repair
  • Floors cleaned, waste basket emptied
  • Towels clean and matching ( new, white)
  • All clutter put away including shampoo and toiletries in shower and tub area
  • Bath mats put away

Creating a Buying Atmosphere

  • All lights on
  • Closets neat and tidy
  • Halls, stairs free of clutter
  • Drapes/blinds open during daylight
  • Carpets vacuumed
  • Floors swept
  • Background music playing quietly
  • Air conditioning on in warm weather
  • Fireplace lit in cooler weather

Added Touches

  • Planter at front door with seasonal plantings
  • Fresh flowers in entry, kitchen, bathroom
  • Bowl of fruit in kitchen
  • New soap in bathrooms


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