You’re putting your home on a stage for spectators. I’m here to help improve your odds of enticing them to purchase your home and beating the fierce competition. *If your home is empty, then you’ll use the tips with an asterisk.

  1. Pre-pack seasonal decor.
  2. Pre-pack seasonal clothing.
  3. Remove personal photos – like family photos. (Pre-pack these!)
  4. Remove majority of artwork. (Pre-pack these!) Leave your best artwork in focal point of room. 
  5. *Clean closet floors.
  6. Display your BEST shoes. Cleverly hide worn out/dirty shoes.
  7. Remove unmatching or ugly hangers.
  8. Turn hangers the same direction and group matching hangers together for stylishly professional look.
  9. Turn all your folded clothing the same direction and towards my eye.
  10. Create breathing room in closets! Keep your favorite items and donate the rest of your clothing, linen, games and creative supplies you no longer need or want.
  11. Clear off tables, counters, desks, and surfaces in general. Two to three items strategically placed for beauty or charm can be a lovely view.
  12. Declutter open shelving systems. 
  13. Remove excess small-sized decor items from around large decor pieces on shelves or surfaces – especially in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  14. Tuck away electronics you don’t need out. Or recycle/donate them.
  15. Organize items neatly into drawers. The goal is to spark excitement in the new homeowner by giving them a vision of the possibility of living an organized lifestyle in this home.
  16. Remove random items from around furniture, which will create more spaciousness.
  17. *Raise curtains until they are nearly touching the floor, if they drag the floor – this will make room appear taller and more spacious.
  18. *Remove outdated and/or dusty curtains from windows. Leave clean blinds. No blinds? Clean windows well.
  19. Clear out corners to expand room. A plant or floor lamp doesn’t conceal a corner. Armoires can stay!
  20. Remove items from overfilled cabinets. If space isn’t convenient to use, then it’s too full.
  21. *Use a damp cloth to clean ALL countertops and shelves that your potential new owner may run their hands across. Dry it immediately with a dry cloth, so you have a streak free and smooth feel.
  22. *Oil hinges creaky hinges. Use WD40, vegetable or olive oil.
  23. *Pristine clean ALL floors. Nothing on the floor. (That is going to be the name of my next book!)
  24. Neatly organize pantry, toss old foods and wipe down shelves of crumbs/spills in pantry.
  25. Declutter utility cabinet/closet. Do you really need all those cleaners?
  26. *Bleach your empty dishwasher using the wash cycle, and bleach porcelain sinks, if stained.
  27. *Remove hard-water-stains in porcelain toilets, tubs, and sinks using a non-scratching cleaning stone.
  28. Remove extra pieces of furniture from smaller rooms, so they are more spacious instead of cramped.
  29. Clean out kitchen drawers and cabinets – pre-pack or donate excess dishes, pots & pans, flatware, cooking utensils, etc. Keep the best looking and your favorites arranged in a functional manner.

*If your home is empty, adding plants at entry/patio/deck, plus placing nice piece of artwork at focal points of 2 major rooms of home can do wonders for sparking your potential home buyer’s imagination… 

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