Staging and listing photos can make or break whether or not buyers will want to come to take a look at your home. Use the checklists below to see where you may need to do some work prior to listing!:

  • General Checklist
    • Reduce the number of family photos throughout your home.
    • Use scented items to create an inviting smell in your home. Bad odors can deter some buyers.
    • Clean all windows inside and out, ensuring they are functioning properly. If during the winter months, cleaning the inside of the windows should be sufficient.
    • Repair broken items in your house (doors, cracks, etc.). In most cases, buyers will ask for broken items to be repaired.
    • Rearrange furniture or move furniture room to room to create more space and open area.
    • Vacuum all carpet and hardwood floors.
    • Scrub and clean tile and grout throughout your house.
    • Empty the garbage daily to reduce odors.
    • Repair all holes in walls.
  • Inside Home:
    • Bathrooms:
      • Clean all surfaces. Put toiletries in drawers or cabinets.
      • Leave out a bottle of hand soap or a clean bar of soap, along with a hand towel.
      • Fold in thirds on towel racks daily. Purchase new towels if needed.
      • Clear all items out of shower stalls and tubs except for necessities.
      • Keep toilet lids closed.
      • Hide garbage can and cleaning supplies out of sight.
      • Clean the shower curtain, or replace if needed.
      • Repair any cracking or peeling areas and clean any moldy areas. Paint if needed.
      • Give your shower and tub a fresh bead of silicone caulking around the edges to make them look neat and clean.
    • Bedrooms:
      • Make beds daily and replace bedding if needed.
      • Clear off nightstands, dressers, etc.
      • Pick up all clothes off the floor.
      • Store extra books, magazines, or miscellaneous items underneath the bed.
      • Keep closet doors closed. If you have a walk-in closet keep the floor clean and free of laundry and clutter.
    • Closets:
      • Make sure the doors open easily. Fix any creaking sounds.
      • Arrange items to create a tidier closet.
      • Den, Family Room, Living Room, Sun Room:
      • Clear off all coffee tables and end tables.
      • Remove all ashtrays.
      • Move pet food bowls out of sight.
    • Dining Room:
      • Clear off the dining room table, leave centerpiece or other decorative items.
      • Remove additional leaves from tables to make the room look bigger.
    • Kitchen:
      • Clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen countertops.
      • Remove all pictures, magnets, drawings, messages, etc. from the refrigerator.
      • Repair broken tile or loose corners on counters.
      • Clean the stovetop and oven. (Several days prior) Replace burner pans if they are badly stained.
      • Keep the kitchen sink clean and empty.
      • Remove all soaps, sponges, and supplies out of sight and under the sink.
    • Laundry Rooms:
      • Keep counters and sink clean and empty.
      • Make sure that light bulbs are working, replace with higher wattage bulbs to create more light if needed.
      • Put soaps, towels, etc. in cupboards

Outside Home:

  • Remove all garbage cans, wood scraps, extra building materials, etc.


  • Repair broken fences and paint if necessary.

Front Door:

  • Stain or paint your front door.  Fix any dings or dents.

House Paint/Paneling:

  • Spray down your panels or paints with a mixture of water and soap to help clean off any residue.
  • If your house has paint, check to see if it needs to be touched up or repainted.
  • Check panels and replace any panels that are broke.


  • Remove any dead plants and weed all planting areas.
  • Keep your lawn freshly cut and edged.
  • Prune bushes and trees.

Patios and Decks:

  • Sweep all walkways and patios or decks.
  • Decks should be cleaned, stained or painted if needed.


  • Check gutters and roof for dry rot and moss. Be sure to clean the gutters on a regular basis.


  • Sweep out and organize. Keep storage in garage neat.
  • Arrange tools and place into tool chests or containers.