open door to home

Inside your home

  • Remove pets – book daycare, crate in the garage, or take them for a drive
  • Hide pet bowls, toys, cat towers, litter boxes
  • Hide kids’ toys and computer gaming systems
  • Remove as many personal items in bathroom as possible, including toilet brushes, trash
  • cans, throw rugs
  • Remove kitchen rugs and stow as many countertop items as possible
  • Take magnets off refrigerator and clear refrigerator top
  • Tidy up closets and create a sense of roominess if possible
  • Remove family photos
  • Create as much space as possible by removing or rearranging furniture

Outside your home

  • Mow, rake, and trim grass and shrubs
  • Tidy up flower beds and refresh mulch
  • Stow trashcans, yard tools, and hoses
  • Wipe down and straighten up yard furniture, raise umbrellas
  • Blow leaves and debris from driveway and walkways
  • Move cars, trucks, boats, RVs, trailers and other vehicles from front driveway


  • Clear and wipe all counters, fixtures and appliances in bathrooms and the kitchen
  • Close toilet lids
  • Clean mirrors
  • Vacuum carpets and rugs – sweep floors

Right before the photo shoot

  • Make beds and fold afghans and throws
  • Pick up clothes, towels, shoes, and other items
  • Replace burnt out lightbulbs – frosted bulbs are
  • preferred
  • Turn on all lights inside and outside
  • Turn off ceiling fans
  • Open curtains

Seller Success Tip!
Designate covered bins for kids rooms, bathrooms, and the kitchen. You can quickly stow items in the correct bin and stack in the garage or closet. This will make getting ready for a showing simple too!

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This information is provided by KBT Realty Group in association with Keller Williams. If you’d like to speak with us about selling a home, please contact us at 910-782-9522 or [email protected]


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