Property Preparation Checklist

By Adam van Olden 

Use this checklist as a guideline for getting your home ready for photos and open house days. Presenting your house is the most important thing you as a seller can do to bring in the highest offers and help your home sell quickly.

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General Preperations

  • Thoroughly clean the whole property

  • Turn on all lights and lamps, replace any burned out light bulbs

  • Close all windows and open blinds/ window treatments to let in outside light

  • Create open space by removing unneeded furniture and clear countertops and shelves

  • Turn off all TVs and computer screens

  • Remove personal photographs

  • Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring

  • Place all shoes/ jackets in closets

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Exterior Areas

  • Move cars from driveways and front of the property

  • Close garage doors

  • Remove garbage bins

  • Mow and edge grass front & back, trim overgrown trees and bushes

  • Remove any toys and sports equipment

  • Remove visible water hoses, empty planters and garden tools

  • Sweep up trimmings and leaves

  • Clean pool area

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Kitchen & Dining Area

  • Straighten/push in chairs

  • Clear countertops off completely

  • Remove any small appliances (toaster, kettles, coffee maker, …)

  • Remove fridge magnets and photos

  • Store dishes and put away drying rack

  • Hide soaps and cleaning items

  • Remove visible garbage bins

  • Add a center piece such as flowers, candles or fruits to the tables

  • Hide tea towels

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Living & Family Room

  • Arrange the furniture to make room look large

  • Remove magazines and papers

  • Remove any gym equipment

  • Clear clutter from shelves and tables

  • Hide all remotes

  • Hide loose home theater cables

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  • Clear countertops completely

  • Remove toothbrushes and shavers

  • Clean all mirrors and bench tops

  • Hang fresh towels

  • Clean toilet and close lid

  • Remove floor mats

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  • Remove any visible clothes and clutter

  • Hide personal items and visible cables

  • Close all closets

  • Make beds and straighten pillows

  • Remove items from bed side table

  • Clean under bed, remove items which might show

  • If possible remove personal images and wall stickers


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