Real Estate Prep List

Use this list below as a general guideline of how to prepare your house for an MLS listing.

Exterior front and back

o Remove cars from driveway o Close garage doors

o Close all windows

o Sweep walkways

o Pick up leaves, sticks, branches 

o Remove any cob webs

o Put all toys and bicycles away 

o Store away all seasonal Décor 

o Stow garden tools and supplies 

o Remove all hoses

o Straighten up any deck/outdoor furniture 

o Clean pool area

Interior Main areas

o Remove personal items/photos 

o Remove all visible clutter

o Open shades/blinds

o Replace burned out light bulbs

o All bulbs should be the same temperature ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent.

o Tidy up or put away all children’s toys 

o Empty waste baskets

o Hide pet dishes/toys/beds

o Vacuum carpets

o Sweep hard floors

o Remove newspapers, mail

o Display attractive books (if desired, it can be visually appealing in


o Turn off TV’s

o Turn ON all lights

o **Remember All bulbs should be the same temperature ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent.

o Remove all throw rugs to reveal actual flooring 

o Clean and de-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth

o No more than 5 items including wall art 

o Clean interior of fireplace

Kitchen area

o Remove all items from refrigerator door 

o Store food in cabinets

o De-clutter counters, stove

o Stow small appliances

o Hide soaps, cleaning items 

o Hide dish towels, sponges 

o Clear sink of dishes

o Put away draining rack

o Organize items on open shelves

o Place bowl of fruit on counter (if desired, it can be visually appealing in


Dining room area

o Straighten/push in dining chairs, space evenly

o Add centerpiece, candles (optional, but adds visual appeal)

o Set the table for dinner (optional, but adds visual appeal)

o Add a vase of flowers (optional, but adds visual appeal)

o Add a bottle of wine, glasses (optional, but adds visual appeal) 

o Remove child seats/booster seats


o Make the beds

o Arrange decorative pillows

o Put away clothing, shoes

o Clean under the bed (if visible)

o Clear night stands of all personal items

o Store all charging cords and phones/tablets 

o Remove family photos from walls

o Remove personalized names from walls

o Remove stickers and posters 

o Remove diaper genies


o Make the bathrooms sparkle

o Hang fresh towels

o Clear counters of toiletries, toothbrushes, deodorant etc. 

o Clean mirrors

o Clean toilet and close lid

o Remove all items from tub and shower

o Remove floor mats


o Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet 

o Use lint roller on visible furniture

o Contain pets in hidden crate or outside

o Clear back yard of pet waste and toys