You may receive a call requesting a showing in the next ten minutes. The decision to allow the prospective buyers in is yours. If you elect to cooperate with the showing, the following punch list may help:
Sound - Turn off the television. Soft classical musical is okay, but some people find it distracting.
Sight - Turn on overly light in the house – day and night. Every window covering should be open (unless the view is unattractive).
Smell - Heat a pan on the stove and drop in a few drops of vanilla.
Kitchen - Make sure dirty dishes are out of sight.
Bathrooms - Close toilet lids.
Living/Family rooms - Hide clutter, magazines, newspapers, etc.
Bedrooms - Make the beds, don’t use the closet as a hiding place – try underneath the bed.
Exterior - Keep the walkway clear, put away trashcans and toys.
Children & Pets Outside - You too!
Let the Realtor sell your home. If you are there the buyer may feel uncomfortable voicing objections and their Agent won’t be able to respond to these objections.