Home Preparation Tips

You only get one “first impression.” Most homebuyers begin their search by looking at photos on the internet. Whether a potential buyer takes that next step of visiting your property often depends on that first impression. Here are a few tips to help make your property shine!

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  • Clean entire house – vacuum, mop floors, dust surfaces
  • Clean all windows
  • Turn on all overhead lights and lamps
  • Replace any burned out bulbs
  • Turn off ceiling fans
  • Turn off TVs and computer screens
  • Raise or open all window coverings
  • Place clothing in closets


  • Tidy up landscaping – rake leaves/rocks, mow lawn, trim shrubbery
  • Remove vehicles from drive and front of home
  • Close garage doors
  • Remove water hoses, gardening tools, trash cans, toys, etc.
  • Clean up pet waste
  • Remove unnecessary clutter from porches
  • Remove empty planters


  • Clear all countertops
  • Remove papers, photos, magnets from refrigerator door
  • Empty kitchen sink of dishes
  • Dust/polish tabletops – use decorative placemats/centerpiece if available
  • Arrange chairs evenly around tables


  • Remove unnecessary clutter/personal items
  • Dust/polish all surfaces
  • Clean fireplace or wood-burning stove
  • Remove personal photos


  • Make beds
  • Straighten pillows, bed skirts, etc.
  • Remove any visible items protruding from under beds
  • Remove personal items from dressers and nightstands


  • Clear counters of toiletries, soap, toothbrushes, medications, etc.
  • Close toilet lids
  • Place fresh roll of toilet tissue
  • Remove personal items from showers and tub areas
  • Put out fresh, neatly arranged towels


  • Store pet food bowls and water dishes
  • Remove any pet beds, food bags, toys, etc.
  • Clear yard areas of pet waste and toys