Real Estate Prep Checklist

Preparation Checklist


  • Clean well and de-clutter (de-cluttering is more important for the photos than dirt)
  • Turn on all lights, fans off (replace any burned out bulbs)
  • Remove pet toys, bowls, treats, and beds
  • Open all window coverings (unless they are concealing a less than desirable view)
  • Clear kitchen counter tops with minimal appliances
  • Put children’s toys away
  • Clear the bathroom counter tops and shower (toothbrushes, shampoo bottles, etc.)
  • Place any and all decorative items, plants, or floral arrangements


  • Remove trash cans, gardening tools, etc from sight
  • Stow children’s and pet’s toys
  • Sweep driveways and sidewalks
  • Coil hoses
  • Open patio umbrellas and set out cushions or remove umbrellas all together
  • Uncover bbqs, pools, spas
  • Remove gates/fences around pool
  • Remove sale signs
  • Vehicles: remove from driveways, DO NOT park in front of the house