General

  • Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hardwood floors, clean counter-tops, clean windows)

  • Turn on all overhead lights

  • Replace all burned out bulbs and be sure that all bulbs are the same color temperature

  • Turn all ceiling fans OFF

  • Turn all TV's OFF

  • Turn all computer screens OFF

  • Make all beds

  • Remove small floor rugs to reveal flooring

  • Place all shoes/jackets in closets 

Front Exterior

  • Close garage doors

  • Remove cars from driveway and front of home

  • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)

  • Remove empty planters

  • Remove visible water hoses (if possible)

  • Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.

  • Remove decorative flags that can time stamp an image

Living Room

  • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.

  • De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth

  • Fluff and arrange furniture pillows

  • Remove kid's toys

  • Remove unattractive blankets from couch

  • Hide remotes

Dining Room

  • Clear table, dust and polish the table top

  • Use decorative place setting if available

  • Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers

  • Straighten all chairs and space them evenly

  • Remove child seats/booster chairs

Kitchen

  • ​Clear countertops. No baking supplies, mail, etc.

  • Leave out max of 1-2 small appliance (ex. coffee maker)

  • Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.

  • Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet

  • Remove dishes, dish towels, soaps and sponges from sink 

Bedrooms

  • Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available

  • Clear nightstands of all personal items

  • Store away phone/tablet charging cables

  • Remove all clutter from top of dressers

  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

Bathrooms

  • Clear countertops. No toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.

  • Put toilet seats down

  • Close closet doors

  • Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs

  • Remove dirty towels - leave out only clean/washed towels with no visible wear

  • Remove floor mats

Pets

  • ​Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet

  • Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet

  • Contain pets in hidden crate or outside

  • Clear back yard of pet waste/toys​

  • We all love our pets, but their presence should be minimized.

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