Home Prep Checklist

Following this checklist will make a great first impression for potential buyers and create a smooth photo session!


  • Turn on all lamps and overhead lights
  • Open all blinds
  • Turn off ceiling fans
  • Vacuum, mop, dust, clean windows
  • Replace all burnt out bulbs - make sure all bulbs are the same color temperature (e.g. all daylight, or all soft white, but not a mixture)
  • Turn off all T.V.s and computer screens


  • Remove cars from the driveway
  • Pull trash dumpsters to the curb or put them in the garage
  • Hide hoses or coil them neatly
  • Close garage doors
  • Turn off sprinkler systems
  • Close garage
  • Sweep sidewalks & porches
  • Pick up leaves, sticks, and branches
  • Put away toys, bicycles, etc.
  • Hide garden tools & supplies
  • Remove all hoses or make sure they are neatly wound
  • Straighten & arrange patio furniture
  • Full & arrange pillows
  • Clean pool area
  • Clean up landscaping
  • Move & remove all weeds
  • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, & mail
  • De-clutter fireplace mantle/hearth
  • Clean interior of the fireplace

Kitchen & Dining

  • Remove all items from fridge door
  • Turn on all lights.
  • Turn off all fans.
  • Remove all pet supplies from sight.
  • Put away paper towels and tissue boxes, unless they are decorative.
  • Dust the ceiling fans and light fixtures
  • Store food in cabinets
  • De-clutter counters
  • Place small appliances out of sight
  • Hide cleaning items - sponges, rags, dish detergent, etc
  • Remove dishes from sink
  • Put away draining rack
  • Organize items on open shelving
  • Straighten & push in dining chairs
  • Declutter tabletop
  • Wipe down all appliances until they are streak free
  • Hide trash cans


  • Remove all clutter
  • Make the beds
  • Fluff decorative pillows and arrange with the zipper side down
  • Put clothing and shoes in the closet
  • Clean under the bed
  • Clear surfaces of clutter
  • Dust the fan
  • Clear nightstands of all person items including glasses, chargers, Kleenex, etc
  • Remove diaper genies
  • Hide trash cans

Laundry Room

  • Remove laundry from front loading washing machines and dryers
  • Remove pet supplies
  • Hide cleaning supplies such as mops/brooms, laundry detergent, etc
  • Remove coat hangers and all visible laundry
  • Remove jackets, bags, and shoes
  • Hide trash cans


  • Hang fresh, stain-free towels
  • Clear counters of all toiletries
  • Clean mirrors
  • Remove all shampoo bottles, soap, scrubbers etc. from shower and bathtub areas
  • Put all toilet seat lids down
  • Hide the toilet bowl cleaning wand, plunger, and trash can


  • Place food and water bowls in pantry
  • Place pet beds and toys in pantry or closet
  • Remove pet hair from furniture and blankets
  • Keep pets in hidden crate or outside
  • Clear backyard of pet waste and toys