You only get one chance to make a great first impression. When it comes to showing your home to prospective buyers, that first impression can mean either a quick closing or no offer.

To help you prepare your home to show and sell, your Tampa Realtor offers the following home preparation checklist to generate top dollar value for your home upon sale or appraisal.

Inside Your Home

Kitchen (The most important room in your home that can make or break a sale)

  • Clear refrigerator door of messages, pictures and magnets.
  • Clear all magazines, small appliances and cookware from counter tops.
  • Mop tile floors.
  • Professionally clean oven and stove.


Master Bedroom (The second most important room in a home for showing.)

  • Hang up all clothes and leave nothing on the floor.
  • Define sleeping, dressing and sitting areas by arranging the furniture.
  • Organize closets.


Living Room

  • Store extra furniture – too much furniture makes rooms look small.
  • Clear all unnecessary objects from tables here and throughout the house.
  • Patch and paint walls as necessary.
  • Add lamps and lighting if too dark.


Family Room

  • Remove all magazines, books, toys and worn furnishings that might impact a buyer’s feelings about the room.
  • Create a relaxing and inviting atmosphere in your family room.  This is where most families spend their time.
  • Clean the fireplace.
  • Replace carpet if it’s torn or a loud color.



  • The sink, commode, bathtub, tile and shower curtain should look immaculate – no soap film or hair. Clean or replace if needed.
  • Fix all leaky faucets and faulty plumbing.
  • Coordinate towels to one or two colors only.
  • Remove any unnecessary items from counter tops, tubs and commode.
  • Place softer bulbs in bathroom fixtures and scented flower arrangements on vanity tops.
  • Clean or remove any litter boxes.


Kid’s Bedrooms

  • Clean any clutter from the floors, closets, tops of dressers, etc.
  • Low lighting makes bedrooms appear smaller or darker. Brighten the room by opening blinds and adding higher watt lightbulbs.
  • Patch and paint walls as necessary.


Outside Your Tampa Home

  • Mow the lawn, trim trees and clip shrubs away from the house.
  • Rake leaves, remove dead plants, flowers and shrubs.
  • Put away tools, garbage cans, hoses, toys and building materials.
  • Check for broken roof shingles and straight lines on gutters, shutters, windows and sidings.
  • Clean windows and front door. Paint if needed.
  • Clear patios or decks of excess planters, flower pots, charcoal, etc.


Make Your Home’s First Impression a Great One

Remember, you only have one chance to make a great first impression when showing your home to prospective buyers. By following the tips above you can best position your Tampa home to show great and sell fast.