Pensacola Full Service Real Estate Broker
Mark Downey
850-629-6348850-629-6348

Prep My Home

Online – It’s where buyers start!

The majority of home buyers start their search online, so it is important to make the first impression count! Follow these tips to prepare your home for the best real estate photos possible.

GENERAL

– Tips for all areas in the home –

  • Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows)
  • Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs
  • Use bulbs of the same temperature – use the new LED lights if possible as it provides better lighting and a warmer feel
  • Turn all ceiling fans OFF
  • Turn all TVs OFF
  • Turn all computer screens OFF
  • Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light
  • Remove as many personal photographs as possible (replace with general landscape/object photographs but keep it current)
  • Make all beds
  • Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring
  • Place all shoes/jackets in closets
  • FRONT EXTERIOR

    • Close garage doors
    • Remove cars from driveway and front of home
    • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
    • Remove empty planters
    • Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
    • Remove visible water hoses
    • Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.

    BACK YARD

    The back yard should be an oasis to relax

    • Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions
    • Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not faded
    • Clear out kid’s toys, balls, frisbees, etc.
    • Clean pool
    • Remove pool vacuum/cleaner hose
    • Hide pool cleaning supplies
    • Turn on pool fountains/water features
    • Remove visible water hoses
    • Remove trash cans

    KITCHEN

    – Sometimes the focal point, the kitchen deserves attention to detail –

  • Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.
  • Leave out max of one small appliance (ex. coffee maker)
  • Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.
  • Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet
  • Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher
  • DINING ROOM/TABLE

    – Allow buyers to imagine a nice family meal –

  • Clear table, dust and polish the table top
  • Use decorative place setting if available
  • Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers
  • Straighten all chairs and space them evenly
  • Remove child seats/booster chairs
  • LIVING / FAMILY ROOM

    – The space to enjoy conversation and spend quality time with family –

  • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.
  • De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 5 items, including art)
  • Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed
  • Fluff and arrange furniture pillows
  • Remove kid’s toys
  • MASTER BEDROOM

  • Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available
  • Press bed linens and bed skirts
  • Clear nightstands of all personal items
  • Store away phone/tablet charging cables
  • Remove all clutter from top of dressers
  • Remove family photos from walls
  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos
  • KID/GUEST BEDROOM

    Don’t forget about guest bedrooms

  • Remove personalized names from walls
  • Remove wall stickers/posters
  • Remove diaper genies
  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos
  • BATHROOMS

    – To be spa-like, the bathroom must be clear of all personal items –

  • Clear countertops completely. No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.
  • Put toilet seats down
  • Close closet doors
  • Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs
  • Remove dirty towels – leave out only new, unused towels
  • Remove floor mats
  • PETS

    – Pets are loving, but their presence should be minimized –

  • Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet
  • Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet
  • Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair
  • Contain pets in hidden crate or outside
  • Clear back yard of pet waste/toys