Outside areas and curb appeal
- Tidy, trim, and mow all lawn areas and beds.
- Patch bare spots in the lawn and make sure the grass gets watered so it’s nice and green.
- Remove branches that might be blocking windows, view sightlines, or giving the yard an overgrown look.
- Add some pretty potted flowers near the front door.
- Make sure the porch, deck, and walkways are washed and free of leaves.
- Put away yard tools, empty pots, toys, trash cans, and lawnmowers.
- Make sure the pets are picked up after. Hire a pooper-scooper service if necessary.
- If the front door is painted and could use a new coat, consider using red if it works with existing house colors. Red front doors look great and convey an energetic feel upon entering.
- Make sure the exterior, porch, and deck areas are spic and span and free of cobwebs and dust.
- Make sure outdoor light fixtures are in good working order.
- Consider an updated mailbox and house numbers.
- Add fresh new doormats outside front and back doors.
- If the home has a large porch, make sure there’s a seating area or porch swing.
- Make sure pool and hot tub areas are clean and free of leaves.
Throughout the house
- Put away clutter.
- Remove excess furniture.
- Clean thoroughly.
- Paint, if needed.
- Replace window coverings, if needed.
- Put away seasonal items that aren’t needed, along with valuables, wardrobe items that aren’t needed, and knick knacks or excess artwork/décor.
- Make simple updates like new switch plates or cabinet pulls.
- Remove plants that aren’t thriving, add new plants if desired.
- Use psychological staging to edit or add.
- Make décor updates like throw rugs and pillows.
- Add vignettes.
Entry and living areas
- Remove any clutter that may accumulate near entryways such as shoes, coats, leashes, and mail.
- Edit and arrange decorative items on mantle and tables.
- Make sure artwork is appropriate and that the space has been properly depersonalized.
- Arrange throw pillows and style other accessories as needed.
- Add flowers/plants.
- Make sure countertops are clear of clutter. Leave only the most essential items in order to accentuate counter space.
- Remove refrigerator items like magnets, photos, lists, etc.
- Place a pretty bowl of fruit on the counter.
- Update dish towel and throw rug if necessary.
- Organize cabinets and other storage areas.
- Make sure there are no trash odors.
- Make sure the dining room is functioning as a dining room and not a multi-purpose room.
- Set the table as if a dinner part is happening.
- Check to make sure artwork is appropriate and the room is depersonalized.
- Replace shower curtain, rug, and towels if necessary.
- Remove all clutter and personal items from counter tops. Keep grooming items in a drawer.
- Make sure everything is sparkling clean, including grout.
- Keep special step stools etc. out of the way to maximize floor space.
- Create a spa-like atmosphere with luxury towels, pretty soaps, etc. if desired.
- Update bedding if necessary.
- Remove all clutter and make sure the room is depersonalized.
- Make bed neatly and style with throw pillows.
- Edit and style décor items on dressers and night tables.
- Remove seasonal items that aren’t needed.
- Create space by editing and organizing.
- Make sure items are neat and tidy.
- Create more space by packing up items and putting them in storage.
- Make sure closets appear spacious, not cramped.
- Have the sellers keep litter boxes clean — scoop at least once per day.
- Avoid smoking in the house.
- Air out the house.
- Use Febreze as needed.