First Impressions Count!

GENERAL PREP

- Tips for all areas in the home -

Thoroughly clean whole house


vacuum carpet

mop hard floors 

clean countertops 

clean windows

Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON

Replace all burned out light bulbs

PLEASE Use bulbs of the same COLOR

Turn all ceiling fans OFF

Turn all TVs OFF

Turn all computer screens OFF

Open blinds to let in Natural light

Make all beds

Remove small floor rugs to reveal flooring

Place all shoes/jackets in closets

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FRONT EXTERIOR

- “Curb Appeal” - Front Exterior - the first photo buyers see -

Close garage doors

Remove cars from driveway and front of home

Clean up landscaping

mow

trim shrubs

clear leaves

Remove empty planters

Remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames

 

Remove visible water hoses

 

Remove toys - balls - goals etc

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BACK YARD

- The back yard should be an oasis to relax -

Clean porch, tidy up outdoor

 

tables/chairs/cushions

Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not faded

Clear out kid's toys, balls, frisbees, etc.

Clean pool

Remove pool vacuum/cleaner hose

 

Hide pool cleaning supplies

 

Turn on pool fountains/water features

 

Remove visible water hoses

 

Remove trash cans

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KITCHEN

- Your home's focal point is important -

Clear countertops completely

 No knife blocks - baking supplies - mail - etc

Leave out only one small appliance

(ex. coffee maker - toaster)

Clear outside of refrigerator

Hide garbage cans 

 

Remove dishes from sink

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DINING ROOM / TABLE

- Allow buyers to imagine a nice family meal -

Clear table

dust and polish the table top

Use decorative place setting if available

Feature one center piece

Straighten all chairs / space them evenly

 

Remove child seats/booster chairs

LIVING / FAMILY ROOM

- The space to enjoy conversation and quality time with family -

Remove stacks of magazines - papers -mail - etc

De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth

Fluff and arrange furniture pillows

 

Remove kid's toys​​

BEDROOMS

- For a good nights rest -

Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available

Press bed linens and bed skirts

Clear nightstands of personal items

 

Store away phone/tablet charging cables

 

Remove all clutter from top of dressers

 

Remove family photos from walls

 

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

Remove diaper genies

Clean under bed

removing items that may show in the photos

BATHROOMS

- MAKE IT A BEAUTIFUL SPA -

Clear countertops completely

No soap - toothbrushes - deodorant - etc

CLEAN MIRRORS

Put toilet seats down

Close closet doors

 

Remove shampoo - soap - loofahs - etc 

from showers and tubs

Remove dirty towels

 

leave out only new, unused towels

Remove floor mats

PETS

- we love them -

- but PLEASE MINIMIZE THE PRESENCE OF PETS -

Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet

Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet

Use lint roller on furniture to remove hairs

Contain pets in a room or outside

Clear back yard of pet waste - toys

Selling your home is like selling a product - it must be marketed correctly to reach a specific buyer. Although your furnishings and decor are great for your lifestyle, it’s important to optimize your home for the future buyer.