Curb Appeal
Cut lawns and trim shrubs
Edge gardens and walkways
Weed and mulch
Create a distinct border between beds and gardens
Prune low hanging branches
Water lawn to keep green
Sweep walkways and driveway, remove branches, litter and toys
Add color and fill in bare spots with plantings
Remove any outdoor furniture which is not in good repair
Take stains off your driveway with kitty litter
Repair gutters and eaves
Remove mildew from walls or walks with bleach and water
Make sure pool or spa sparkles
Clean and/or paint front door and mailbox
Touch up exterior paint
Polish brass on front door, outside light fixtures, etc.
Make sure doorbell is in good working order
 
The Basement
Sell, give away, or throw out unnecessary items
Organize and create more floor space by hanging tools and placing items on shelves
Clean water heater and drain sediment
Change furnace filter
Clean/paint concrete floor and walls
Have good overhead lighting
 
The Attic
Tidy up by discarding or pre-packing most items
Make sure energy-saving insulation is apparent
Provide strong overhead lighting
Make sure the pull down staircase is screwed together and strong enough to be used safely

 

The Garage
Sell, give away, or throw out unnecessary items
Clean oily cement floor
Provide strong overhead lighting
Tidy storage or work areas
 
General Interior Tips
Clean and repairs gouges, scratches, smudges, scotch tape, thumbtacks on all walls
Touch-up any chipped paint in and around the house
If the carpeting has not been steam cleaned for more than 2 years, now is the time to do it. Replace if necessary
Clean and wax hardwood floors, refinish if necessary
Clean and wash kitchen and bathroom floors
Wash all windows, vacuum blinds, wash window sills
Clean the fireplace
Clean out and organize closets, add extra space by packing clothes and items you won’t need again until after the moved
Remove extra furniture, worn rugs, and items you don’t use
Repair loose door knobs and squeaky doors
Replace all burned out bulbs
Store all papers, toys and magazines in boxes & dressers
Any paint on glass should be removed with a razor blade
Secure jewelry, cash and other valuables
 
The Bathrooms
Remove all rust and mildew
Make sure tile, fixtures, shower and doors are immaculate
Make sure all fixtures are in good repair
Replace loose caulking or grout
All sinks, tubs, toilets should be clean
Lighting needs to be bright, but soft
Put fresh towels out
Replace the shower curtain if necessary

 

The Master Bedroom
Organize furnishings to create a spacious look with well-defined sitting, sleeping, and dressing areas
 
The Living Room
Make it cozy and inviting, discard chipped or worn furniture and frayed or worn rugs
 
The Dining Room
Polish any visible silver & crystal
Set the table for a formal dinner to help viewers imagine entertaining here
 
The Kitchen
Make sure appliances are spotless inside and out (try baking soda for cleaning Formica stains)
Make sure all appliances are in perfect working order
Clean often forgotten spots on top of the refrigerator and under sink
Wax or sponge floor to brilliant shine, clean baseboards
Unclutter all counter space, remove countertop appliances
Clean around the seal on the door of the dishwasher
Clean the oven and keep it that way
Clean the refrigerator
Organize items inside cabinets, pre-pack anything you won’t be using before you move
Put new drip pans under the burners, or at least, cover the old ones with foil
 
Willing to Go the Extra Mile?
Change your wallpaper in the entry, kitchen and bathrooms
Replace light fixtures that are dated
Add new window treatments
Add ceiling fans
Install new appliances in the kitchen