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7 Ways To Speed Clean For A Last Minute Showing

7 Ways To Speed Clean For A Last Minute Showing

It’s been a crazy day, the house is a wreck; the phone rings, it’s an agent with clients in her car outside your home.  She asks if she can show the home. You ask her to give you 15 minutes.  Of course, you want to have her show it: These might be your buyers.

Okay, now for the marathon 7 Ways To Speed Clean For A Last Minute Showing.

  • Declutter tables and counter-tops. Stuff it in a closet or cabinet. Pick up 
    the kid toys and dog/cat toys. Better still, put them in grocery bags and stick them out in the garage. Bring them back later.
  • Pick up those articles of clothing left lying around. Throw them in the dryer for temporary storage.
  • Making the beds always makes the bedroom look good. Open the blinds; sunlight cheers people up and they remember your home as light and bright.
  • Hit the bathrooms next; put damp/used towels in the washer. Place clean towels on racks – neat and pretty. 
  • Declutter and clean counters. Definitely clean the mirror (remember, light and bright. And clean the toilet, just in case.
  • Give a small spritz of Fabreeze in the living room.  Try spraying a tiny amount on a light bulb, then turn it on. The heat spreads the scent. No Fabreeze? I’ve used my perfume instead. Do not over-do the spray; people get suspicious and will think you are trying to hide something.
  • A quick sweep of your front porch and/or walkway, and your first impression is all good.

7 Ways To Speed Clean For A Last Minute Showing

Yes, it’s a bit of a marathon but it is well worth it, and you can collapse after they leave, have a cup of tea, put your feet up. Then go find all those things you hid.



Toni Weidman
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7 Ways To Speed Clean For A Showing


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Comment balloon 87 commentsToni Weidman • June 24 2015 11:30AM


Toni-A great list for last min buyers

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) about 5 years ago

Good afternoon Toni,

A great list to get ready for a showing.

I would have to ask for 45 minutes to come back here and see what I am supposed to do!

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 5 years ago

Hi Toni -- this was a great read!! Wouldn't it be fun to have a video clip of someone tidying the house, and them put it on fast forward?

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 5 years ago

Great list - Thank you! 

Posted by Green Forest Properties, Your Local Golden, CO Real Estate Professional about 5 years ago

Toni, I wish I could apply this to my house cleaning but I wouldn't want to live in my home if it only took few min to clean it. Great list, thanks for sharing!

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) about 5 years ago


That is almost what we do, everytime the housekeepers come in every other Tuesday, we speed clean for them.  

Thanks so much for nixing Febreeze, it makes both of us gag when we smell it, regardless of what scent they are using.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 5 years ago

Toni - These are very valuable speed clean tips for last minute showing.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) about 5 years ago

Toni- This is an excellent guide for sellers in need of quick tips before a showing.  Anyone can do this and feel comfortable knowing that their house is "show ready."

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 5 years ago

These are all great last minute tips. Sellers get used to seeing all their stuff out - they forget!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) about 5 years ago

This can also be called quick and dirty tips on how to be clean :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 5 years ago

People do forget as you guys are saying, but that's why we're here to make things a little easier for people.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 5 years ago

I think Kathy is right that this is all about a level of comfort and flexibility in what you can do to make everything as ready as it needs to be. Kathy Streib

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 5 years ago

I love it, and am sharing! These are great tips for busy Realtors, too!

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Wonderful tips on a getting ready for a quick showing. Careful with the perfume...some of us are allergic.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 5 years ago

What a great list... Oh -- be sure the litter box is clean... and please crate the pets.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 5 years ago

Great speed cleaning, with humor mixed in too.  I enjoyed it!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Hello Toni ... great post my friend and your post has been featured to the group:


Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz about 5 years ago

Those are pretty good suggestions.  The funniest speed cleaning I ever saw was on a listing I once had.  I called the seller to tell her it was being shown.  I think she must have literally gathered up half the house and stuck it in the bed of her pick up truck. . .It was too funny!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 5 years ago

Toni Weidman a cup of tea after that marathon is well-deserved prize....

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 5 years ago

Great suggestions!  'Think I'll have to share this info with my sellers.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 5 years ago

Every little bit helps!

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 5 years ago

Great suggestions and very helpful tips Toni.....quick and easy.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 5 years ago

Good morning Toni,

I came over from Kathy Streib 's reblog of your post and so glad I did! I do refer to these speed cleanings as a "white tornado moment" just like Lisa Von Domek does!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing great information!!! We all can use it and our clients can too!!!

Posted by Sham Reddy CRS, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) about 5 years ago

Good morning Toni. This is a great how to post on an important topic. Never want to decline a showing.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 5 years ago

Thank you all! I had fun writing this and imagining the "white tornado" Dorie Dillard .  Been there, done that myself.

Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz I can't believe you forgot me, Bob, it's Toni not SilviaThanks for the group feature!

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 5 years ago

Thanks Laura Cerrano I'll use that for Facebook.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 5 years ago

Back in the day, when I still had 3 little ones, I did more than my share of speed cleaning. Memories.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) about 5 years ago

Hello again Toni and VB would never forget you ;o) 

And I was featuring so many new posts, I made a simple mistake ...

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz about 5 years ago

Hi Toni -- I found your post via the reblog by Beth Atalay ---- very handy tips that can make a home showing much more successful.   

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 about 5 years ago

Thanks again, Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz  (I was kidding-I know how easy it is to do that when your commenting on many.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 5 years ago

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz about 5 years ago

The part where the light bulb helps spread the scent...genius from my point of view

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 5 years ago

Thanks Richie Alan Naggar author of books on Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose . I discovered that years ago. And used it everytime I was selling. 

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 5 years ago

The visual I had of someone running around the house doing this in 60 seconds while someone is knocking on the door to come in was hilarious!! Thanks :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 5 years ago

At a certain age, we should all be able to do this kind of speed clean. Good tips. 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) about 5 years ago

Perfect!  I've done similar things when the in-laws knock on the door.... :) 

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 5 years ago

It helps to have a friendly neighbor visiting when you get the call.  Years ago I had my own house on the market, and I remarked to a neighbor who had dropped by, 'I hope they don't call today to see the house.' And JUST then I got THE call.  She and I both went at it. We looked like a movie speeded up! 

Posted by Sarah, John Rummage, Love Being Realtors® in the Nashville TN Area! (Benchmark Realty LLC, Nashville TN 615.516.5233) about 5 years ago

it is definitely doable to get the house in order quickly!  Good tips!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) about 5 years ago

Good tips Toni. My mom used to call this "blitzing the house". The garage or your vehicle are excellent places to stash your stuff--no one is going to look in your trunk.

Posted by Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY (Seneca Home Staging) about 5 years ago

Great tips.  I have also used a few of these tips when showing for sellers who left things a bit messy.   I always like to get to the house a little early so I can make beds, straightern counter tops etc. if needed.

Posted by Karen Steed, Associate Broker Haralson Realty (Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton) about 5 years ago

Great tips and easy breezy

Posted by Vera Gonzalez, Gonzo For Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban, Inc.) about 5 years ago

Tonie, I've done this as well. but, also try to pick up and put things in their place. With kids it is totally different.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) about 5 years ago

Don't forget to pruse the backyard and remove the animal land mines.

Posted by Jim Miner, Loan Modfication & Short Sale Specialist (Miner Noh & Associates) about 5 years ago

Toni, these are great tips for sellers! I love Jim Miners addition to the list: "Remove the animal land mines."

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) about 5 years ago

Great tips!  When I was selling my own house, I once hid the butter dish so well I never, ever, found it again!

Posted by Brenda Mitchell about 5 years ago

If you have dishes in the sink go ahead and fill with hot water and lots of bubbles. They will think you were just getting to wash. Throw clothes into baskets into the closet and a big towel over them. Sprinkle soda or talc on 'em.  Keep a large microfiber cloth to run across dusty furniture. If the waste basket is full just tie it up and put it in the garage. If you want the house to smell clean keep couple lemons around and put in the microwave. Lemon scented furniture spray is better than spraying a lightbulb with perfume. Just straighten up the towels in the bathroom. Give them a good shake. Lemons are always better than perfume and crack a window or two no matter how cold the weather is.

Posted by Theresa Akin (CORPUS CHRISTI REALTY GROUP) about 5 years ago

Kind of like what we do when we have company coming on short notice.  Clean the living room, clean the hall bath, then close all the bedrooms doors.  Sometimes we even get to the kitchen. 

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Theresa Akin Perhaps you should write your own blog. You seem to have better ideas.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 5 years ago

Toni, your great tips make last minute showing seeem less overwhelming.   You've demonstrated that it can be done.....

I love the tips about using the washer and dryer as temporary storage places for damp towels and clothes.  

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) about 5 years ago

Great tips.  Made me visualize one of those old black/white movies on a reel where everything is moving at twice the normal speed. 

Posted by Christi Farrington, ~ Your representative in Fairfield County, CT (Dagny's Real Estate) about 5 years ago

"Then go find all those things you hid." That should add a little fun to the stress of homeselling!

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) about 5 years ago

Great post and I will pass the tips on to my sellers.

Posted by Chris Lima, Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you. (Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise) about 5 years ago

Whew, I am already sweating!  I can relate as I had my own home on the market a little over a year ago.  I was a mini tornado when a showing was happening.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) about 5 years ago

I'm glad I found this post via a re-posting Toni Weidman.

You've shared some very good tips on how to pick up quickly before a showing.  It pays to be prepared. 

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) about 5 years ago

Great ideas!  It is important to remember that showing their home can be very stressful for our clients.

Posted by Katie Graham, Denver Real Estate (Cherry Creek Properties, LLC) about 5 years ago

Toni - Great tips for home sellers who need a quick clean before a showing.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate about 5 years ago

Toni Weidman 

These are some great tips. I have a checklist I share with sellers to help them prepare. Of course if you keep your house neat and clean it's pretty easy...although kids and pets make it more challenging, as do messy adults! Picking up after pets, especially doggies in the yard, is key. I'd stay away from scents - I think every buyer notices and wonder why they need the scents around.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) about 5 years ago

I have to say...I have done many of these things for a seller...who doesn't keep a very clean house...whatever it takes to make the home show well!

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) about 5 years ago

Great tips Tony.  Thanks for sharing and I love reading everyone's tips in the comments.

Posted by Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse (Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.) about 5 years ago

Oh that last minute panic before the showing, these tips can help a seller get on track and out of the house in record time.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 5 years ago

Good tips here for a quick clean up before showings!  I tell my clients to use the trunk of their car for last-minute storage, too.   It's amazing what miracles you can work in 15 minutes when you need to!  As you mentioned, opening all of the window blinds, shades, and drapes is one of the most important things to let in all of that important light.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) about 5 years ago

These are good tips for sellers.  Anything to help simplify the process of getting things put together for a showing - particularly with children in the house - is a huge plus and well worth it. 

Posted by Vicki Pedersen, Providing Exceptional Real Estate Service (Pedersen Real Estate) about 5 years ago

All terrific points Toni but most of them should have been done the day the listing went live.

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) about 5 years ago

Sounds like what I do before my mother visits.

Posted by Linda Schneider, Fast Newsletters for Real Estate Agents (Fast Newsletters) about 5 years ago

And this is assuming you get the call and your home and not at work.

Posted by Ron Aguilar, Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995 (Continental Mortgage) about 5 years ago

Great tips! I am always looking for ways to help my clients improve showings and these are perfect tips! Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Scott Harestad about 5 years ago

Years ago, when my younger son was about 12, we had our house for sale. This being Priest River, showings were not an every day occurrence, so we weren't always ready. 

One time I called home to tell him an agent would be coming with buyers and to do what he could. There was a big basket of laundry waiting to be folded, so he spread it out on my bed, then put my fluffy comforter on top. 

He was also known to put dirty dishes in the oven if the dishwasher hadn't been emptied after the last wash. 

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 5 years ago

Those are 7 handy dandy ways to speed clean, Toni!

CONGRATULATIONS on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Fart’s Club group! 

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 5 years ago

Great tips, Toni.  Marti, yours takes the cake!  Great post.  Enjoyed reading ALL the responses too.

Posted by Sandra Scott, REALTOR of Choice! Payson, Pine & Strawberry, AZ (DPR Realty) about 5 years ago

Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat Wha a great group to be featured in!

Sandra Scott Thanks!

Marte Cliff hilarious!.


Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 5 years ago

Chris and Dick Dovorany I do have the conversation when I list a property. In fact, I give them a printed list. Imagine that!

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 5 years ago

Great tips!  I just with there was a "Rosy Robot"  that would come up after me and do all that stuff on a daily basis!  haha

Posted by Deb Kirschbaum (MB/Priority Properties, Inc.) about 5 years ago

Love these tips, Toni. Congrats on the features!

Posted by Elva Branson-Lee, CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent (Solid Source Realty GA) about 5 years ago

Congratulations on your featured blog. You have shared some very helpful hints for sellers. It does sound like a marathon, but so well worth it after it is completed. Great advice about Febreze on light bulbs...

Wishing you a wonderful and fun 4th.

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) about 5 years ago

Good cleaning tips, Toni - but no thanks, I'd rather tell the Realtors to call ahead instead of showing up unannounced at occupied homes.

Posted by Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta (Solid Source Realty, Inc.) about 5 years ago

Sounds like you have made use of your own hints and know they work!

Posted by Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS (Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Great tips, i would like to add one more. Tell your sellers to assume that there will be a showing every morning. This way they will put things away and tidy up eqch ecening before retiring. Then in the morning all that you need to do before leaving for work is to open blinds and shades and put yur breakfast dishes away. Then in the event of a last minute showing everything is ready.


Posted by Bill Morrow, Bill Morrow, Associate Broker (Keller Williams of Central PA) about 5 years ago

One place I have never seen a buyer look is under the beds. Often there is a lot of room to hide stuff under 2 or more beds.

Posted by John Rakoci, North Myrtle Beach Coastal Carolinas (Eagle Realty) about 5 years ago

The reality is sellers aren't prepared every day and this post is perfect for addressing that last minute hustle that happens when they are caught off guard.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 5 years ago

These are great tips, but I always tell sellers to stay prepared at all times, as you never know when someone will want to see the home.  I ask them to try and keep the home where they can have it ready in less than 30 minutes.

Posted by Deleted Account about 5 years ago

. . . and PLEASE don't forget the litter box - if you have a cat, that is.

Posted by Keith Whited (RE/MAX Gateway) about 5 years ago

Thanks Toni, I will share this with my renters, always nice to help them as they help me to sell a home.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) about 5 years ago

Great tips.  I can say I have used most of them. Washer, Dry even my car.  The kids did freak out when I put there toys in a garbage bag.  Thanks

Posted by Anita S. Zahn, Highlands County Real Estate Source! I work 4 U! (Advantage Realty 863-840-1420) about 5 years ago

Hi, what a great post, I'm glad I came across it during my search.

Posted by Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

I was looking at your profile and I noticed this post.  It is great. It is also amazing how much you can stuff into dresser drawers, cabinets and entertainment centers.

Posted by Gary Coles (International Referrals), Latin America Real Estate (Venture Realty International) almost 5 years ago

Toni Weidman last minute showings are always a challenge for sellers - not any  more after reading these tips, though.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 4 years ago

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