When your home is actively listed, you never can tell when you’ll need to show your house. When you receive a call from your real estate agent that a potential buyer would like to “come by,” you probably don’t want to have to delay the visit so you can do a whole house cleaning. On the other hand, most real estate agents offer you the chance to have at least 24 hours to prepare for a showing. It may even be in your contract. Whether you decide to allow a last minute showing or stick to the 24-hour rule, it’s in your best interest to keep your house in a minimal state of orderliness, just to make things easier on you. Following are some common things that homeowners have to contend with before a showing, and tips on how to manage them.