▪ 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
▪ Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)
▪ Turn all ceiling fans OFF
▪ Turn all TVs OFF
▪ Turn all computer screens OFF
▪ Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light
▪ Remove personal photographs (or replace with general landscape/object photographs)
▪ Make all beds
▪ Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual 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
▪ Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
▪ Remove visible water hoses
▪ Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.



Backyard
▪ 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



Kitchen
▪ Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.
▪ Leave out max of one small appliance (ex. coffee maker)
▪ Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.
▪ Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet
▪ Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher



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



Living/Family Room

▪ Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.
▪ De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 5 items, including art)
▪ Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed
▪ Fluff and arrange furniture pillows
▪ Remove kid’s toys



Bedrooms
▪ Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available
▪ Press bed linens and bed skirts
▪ Clear nightstands of all 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



Bathrooms
▪ Clear countertops completely. No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant,
▪ 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