Preparing Your Home

    • Add a fresh coat of paint in light, neutral colors if needed
    • Shampoo carpeting, replace if necessary
    • Clean and wax hardwood floors, refinish if necessary
    • Clean and wash kitchen and bathroom floors
    • Wash all windows, vacuum blinds, wash window sills
    • Clean the fireplace
    • Clean out and organize closets, add extra space by packing clothes and items you won’t need again until after you moved
    • Remove extra furniture, worn rugs, and items you don’t usually use; keep papers, toys, etc. picked up, especially on stairways
    • Repair problems such as loose door knobs, cracked molding, leaking taps and toilets, squeaky doors, closets or screen doors which are off their tracks
    • Add dishes of potpourri, or a drop of vanilla or bath oil on light bulbs for scent
    • Secure jewelry, cash and other valuables
    • Polish any visible silver and crystal
    • Set the table for a formal dinner to help viewer imagine entertaining here
    • Make sure kitchen appliances are spotless inside and out
    • Make sure all appliances are in perfect working order
    • Clean often forgotten spots on top or the refrigerator and under the sink
    • Wax or sponge floor to brilliant shine, clean baseboards
    • Unclutter counter space, remove countertop appliances
    • Organize items inside cabinets, pre-pack anything you won’t be using before you move
    • Remove all rust and mildew from bathroom
    • Make sure all bathroom fixtures are in good repair
    • Replace loose caulking or grout in bathroom
    • Make sure lighting in bathroom is bright, but soft
    • Organize furnishings in master bedroom to create a spacious look with well-defined sitting, sleeping and dressing areas