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  1. De-clutter as much as possible. Put away toys, clothing, dishes, towels, shoes etc. 

  2. Depersonalize to a certain degree. Put away photos of family, young children and any potentially offensive art.

  3. Remove any seasonal or holiday decorations that can quickly outdate your photos.

  4. Dust and vacuum.

  5. Make all the beds, fluff all the pillows, and check the bed skirts.

  6. Clean the kitchen sink and put away all the dishes.

  7. Clear all kitchen counter tops and put away toasters, can openers, and all detergent and cleaning items.

  8. Clear all bathroom counter tops and put away all personal items. Include nicely folded towels.

  9. Remove all shampoos, conditioners, body-washes, etc. from the shower.

  10. Put out the guest towels and hide all the others.

  11. Hide all trash cans, small rugs, mats.

  12. Remove all magnets and decorations from the refrigerator.

  13. If there are pets, hide all food/water bowls, pet beds, and pet toys.

  14. Put all toilet seats and lids down.

  15. Replace all burned out light bulbs.

  16. Consider decorating the tables with your prettiest place settings.

  17. Consider putting out vases of fresh flowers.

  18. Have the lawn trimmed, leaves raked, bushes and trees pruned.

  19. Clean up after any animal.

  20. Put away all garbage cans, hoses, garden tools, toys, bikes etc.

  21. Hide any yard decorations.

  22. If there is a pool, hot tub, or spa, take any security gate down, uncover, and clean.

  23. If there will be any twilight photos taken, replace any broken lighting on the home, around the landscape, and in the pool.

  24. Open the umbrellas on any patio sets and arrange the chairs and tables.

  25. Uncover grills.

  26. Consider adding splashes of bright colored flowers to the landscape and in pots.

  27. Turn on ALL interior lights – even lights on night tables, furniture cabinets, and under the microwave oven.

  28. Turn OFF all ceiling fans.

  29. Light fireplaces and candles.

  30. Open all blinds, shades, and curtains.

  31. Clear all cars and vehicles from the driveway and the street in front of the home.  

by Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate

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