Home Selling Tips

Prospective buyers want to envision themselves living in your home. Removing your personal effects will help them mentally move in. Creating a clean, clutter-free environment will help sell your home.

Download a printable version of our Pre-Listing Checklist.

Exterior and Grounds
Picture Perfect
•   Mow lawn, trim shrubs
•   Sweep walkways
•   Pick up sticks, leaves
•   Remove cars from driveway
•   Hide trash cans
•   Put toys, bicycles away
•   Store seasonal decor
•   Stow garden tools, supplies
•   Remove garden hose, caddy
•   Straighten deck furniture
•   Clean pool area
Extra Perfect
•   Fill planters with flowers
•   Add a colorful flag
•   Spread fresh mulch

Inside the House
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•   Remove all visible clutter
•   Open shades, blinds
•   Wash windows, glass doors
•   Replace burnt light bulbs
•   Empty wastebaskets
•   Hide pet dishes, toys, beds
•   Turn all lights on
•   Vacuum carpets
•   Sweep hard floors
•   Turn off televisions
•   Remove newspapers, mail
•   Display attractive books
•   Minimize knick-knacks
•   Remove personal photos

The Kitchen
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•   Remove art from refrigerator
•   Store food in cabinets
•   De-clutter counters, stove
•   Stow small appliances
•   Hide soaps, cleaning items
•   Hide dish towels, sponges
•   Clear sink of dishes
•   Put away draining racks
•   Organize open shelves
Extra Perfect
•   Place fruit bowl on counter
•   Display fresh pastries

The Bedrooms
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•   Make the beds
•   Arrange decorative pillows
•   Put away clothing, shoes
•   Clean under the bed
•   Clear surfaces of clutter

The Bathroom
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•   Make the bathroom sparkle
•   Hang fresh towels
•   Clear counters of toiletries
•   Clean mirrors
•   Close toilet lid

The Dining Room
Picture Perfect
•   Straighten dining chairs
•   Add centerpiece, candles
Extra Perfect
•   Set the table for dinner
•   Add a vase of flowers
•   Add a bottle of wine, glasses