Tip Sheet


  • Remove vehicles, trash cans, recycling bins, etc. from driveway and front of house.
  • Remove sprinklers, garden tools, toys; wind up hoses.
  • Sweep driveway, walkways, porches, decks.
  • Put out patio cushions, uncover pools/spas if possible.
  • Mow the lawn; trim bushes from walkways and doors; remove weeds.


  • Turn on all lamps and lights no matter how bright it is outside. Replace burned out bulbs.
  • Open curtains and blinds.
  • Turn off ceiling fans.
  • Eliminate as much clutter as possible: toys, clothing, papers, shoes, etc.
  • Hide pet food and water bowls.
  • Bathrooms: Remove toiletries and personal items from bathroom counters; close toilet lids.
  • Kitchen: Remove most items (but not all) from countertops. Leave a few items such as a vase, one or two appliances, and a nice bowl. Hide trash cans, fridge magnets, and hand towels
  • Bedrooms: Make all beds neatly, declutter dressers.
  • Garages, closets, and storage rooms do not need to be photographed unless they are a major selling point.