Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : Deb's Dash~Tips for a quick showing or The 20 Minute Miracle.

Deb's Dash~Tips for a quick showing or The 20 Minute Miracle.

Deb's Dash~Tips for a quick picture by dabydoll

No matter how many times we tell ourselves that we work from appointment only there are the occasional times when you just have to give in to a showing.

 A surprise showing!

At this time I am currently selling my own home and boy am I getting a different perspective of the entire "selling process". Since you're still living there, when placed on the spot, IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE LIVING THERE!

A Realtor calls and says, "Mr. and Mrs. People are only in for the day and they spotted your house and would like to see it in about 30 minutes..."

Yikes!They are pre-qualified buyers that HAVE to make a quick move so whattaya do?   

You're in your PJ's, the bed's not made and you had decided to take it easy for the day!

You have 30 minutes to make it look like a showplace.





WHATTAYA DO?cleaning.jpg Me Cleaning the House. . . Yeah Right! image by LAURELMALLETT  LOL with me...

1. First of all don't panic. Remain calm and gather your thoughts. Having a system in place is a wise idea.

2. Get dressed. Throw all dirty laundry (that you put off washing) into the washer and dryer...they'll hold a weeks worth! Out of sight out of mind! Ha.

3. Grab your laundry basket(now empty) and place all personal items toothbrush, floss, nail kit, razor and so on out of bath. Carry basket through house and place all unnecessary items into it such as books, newspapers, loose mail and any clutter.

4. Place basket away in closet. You're making progress!

5. Grab vacuum cleaner. And, basically that's it. Grab it. Place on lowest setting and run through house placing strategic brush marks on carpet. No need to plug it in!

6. Make bed...or not.You may place pillows underneath the covers really bunched up and tell the people... "you can walk through quietly and just don't wake the guy in the bed". LOL

7. Load dishwasher with all stray dishes. Makes no difference if they are clean, dirty or waiting to be put away. If they all don't fit simply stack the pots and pans and place into oven. Hit the auto lock button so they don't discover them.

8. Grab your Febreeze and spritz one spritz in each room. Just one. You can also spritz one squirt of your best perfume or cologne in each closet if you have plenty of time.

9. Open all drapes, turn on lights as you leave. Take a Sunday drive. Or Monday or Tuesday. You get it.

10. Call the maid. Let her know to look in all the usual places.

Total time to perfection...20 minutes.

Well, there you have it. I advise that you print this and provide it to each of your Sellers. I hope this helps. Have a wonderful showing and go sell a house!

Later in the rain~Deb

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Comment balloon 20 commentsDeb Brooks • February 08 2009 03:44PM


20 minutes to perfection, I love it Deb. Can we say PANIC here? Wow, hope this doesn't happen too often.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

And pray that it doesn't happen all over again tomorrow!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 10 years ago

Deb, I remember this so well having sold 2 homes so far. I also remember the day after my first house sold telling my husband,"I am not making the bed, doing the dishes, vacuuming, etc... at least for today!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 10 years ago

And don't forget to turn on every light in the house and open the blinds and pull the curtains!  Happy selling.

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) over 10 years ago

This happened to me when my older son was 3 and we were in the middle of a play date!  My sister-in-law and I had a Keystone Cops 15 minutes of throwing things in closets, etc!  I know have a sign hanging in my kitchen that says "I cleaned the house last week, sorry you missed it"!  Of course, I'm not selling, so if you love me, you have to love my mess!  Good luck with the house sale.

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) over 10 years ago

It doesn't hurt to be on the client's side of things every once in a while.  It keeps us based in reality when our Sellers complain that it's work.  It also reminds us as to what a pain it can be when agents show up late for their appointments, or worse, don't show up at all or cancel at the last minute.

Posted by Rick Sergison, Durham Region Real Estate Blog (EXP Realty of Canada Inc., Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Deb - Surprise showings can be stressful, but having a plan can be helpful.  I think in today's market when a well qualified buyer comes along the seller has to jump at the opportunity.  It would be a good idea to put them in this mindset and your list would give some structure to avoid unnecessary panic.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 10 years ago

11. Close the toilet seats and take all the trash out.  Leave the cans in the rollabout if you are short on time.  Great list Deb.  We had our first showing today.  Pure chaos right up until the last minute and I had 2 days notice!


Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) over 10 years ago

Deb- This is pretty funny....and I sure didn't know you could hide a weeks worth of clothes in the Washer and Dryer....LOL :) 

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 10 years ago

Way too funny, Deb!!! I LOVE the vacuum cleaner trick...don't even have to turn it THAT'S my idea of cleaning!

Great post, as always!

Posted by Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains! (Century 21 In the Mountains) over 10 years ago

Deb, So funny. I know how you feel I have my home for sale too, what a pain...getting a call to show, panicking, and running around making sure all is perfect ok. I too love the vacumn cleaner trick.

Posted by Jacqueline Tolstyka, Realtor - Selling Beautiful Northern Michigan (Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors) over 10 years ago

Deb - that is a system worth printing! I think that it's very common in our "instant" society for customers to want to see homes now. :-) It's a great eye opener when it's your own home though isn't it?

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) over 10 years ago


I agree with Lindsey this is a system worth printing! You have the steps down and it sounds they are all workable and practical steps! What ever works!!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 10 years ago

Well, this is a unique post.  I've come across many that sound the same and never have I come across one that tells you how to hurry up and get out for a showing.  LOL

Good luck Deb!

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 10 years ago

Love it! I will have to print this and give it to all my sellers with a sense of humor.

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) over 10 years ago

That's what I call "Crisis Cleaning" !!  I, too, will share this with sellers.  Thanks.

Posted by Nancy Brenner, Roswell Georgia Real Estate Agent (Referral Associates of Georgia, Inc.) over 10 years ago

The occasional crisis happens!  We tell our sellers to keep a sense of humor.  It goes a long ways!!!

Posted by Bruce & Mary Smith, REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC (Savannah Lakes Homes) over 10 years ago


Hey, you made it work!!!!  Good for you!  And great material for a blog that had me in stitches...I especially loved the pictures you picked!!!

Lori Cofer Pullman WA

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) over 10 years ago

Deb - this is what I do everyday before my wife gets home!!!

Posted by League City, TX - Worrell Team, REALTORS, GRI, CNE (RE/MAX 1st Class) over 10 years ago

Brian, LOL. Thanks for the laugh! I'm sure you're serious too! How's that working for you?


LOL, Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago