A Sale Tour Ready Home

Here are some tips on getting your home ready for a buyers tour:

Living Areas

  • Repair any damages that may have caused ceiling or wall stains, then repaint
  • Have all walls and ceilings painted and crack free
  • If repainting, stay with neutral, off-white colors
  • Replace any burned out light bulbs with higher wattage bulbs
  • Add higher wattage light bulbs if rooms are dark
  • Be sure all lighting switches are clean and in working order
  • Wash and polish floors
  • Remove stains from the carpeting, if possible
  • Clean and organize closet space. Remove out of season clothing to make closets appear larger. Take storage to offsite storage areas
  • Consider adding fresh flower arrangements throughout the house
  • Sweep and clean the fireplace
  • Make sure that all doors and windows open and close easily, without squeaks


  • Clean and organize all storage space
  • Avoid clutter. Store small appliances. Take everything off the counter tops
  • Clean ventilating hood and exhaust fan
  • Sink, cabinets, appliances, and counter tops should be clean and fresh. It is not expensive to refinish
  • Wash and reorganize cabinets. New knobs do wonders!


  • Check all faucets. Repair any dripping faucets. Clean rust stains or replace
  • All surfaces should be spotless. Clear all vanity countertops
  • Replace worn shower curtain(s)
  • Remove all personal care items from sigh and neatly store
  • Clean and organize drawers and linen closets
  • Clean and repair caulking
  • Take all prescription medicines out of cabinets and put out of sight

General Interior Items

  • Entry areas should be spotless
  • Entry area closet should appear roomy. Remove out of season items and add extra hangers
  • Eliminate cooking, smoking, and pet odors
  • If there are smoking odors, have furniture, drapes, and carpets cleaned or replaced
  • If there are pet stains, carpet and padding will need replacement
  • Stick to neutral colors, if painting or replacing carpets
  • Wash all windows. Take advantage of natural sunlight
  • Window screens should be in good condition and free from holes
  • Make sure all lighting fixtures have working, high wattage light bulbs
  • Knick-knacks don’t sell. Box and store them offsite
  • Clean all wood and tile floors
  • Get rid of cluttered closets. Leave very few items on the floor of closets. Box and store offsite
  • Consider moving large pieces of furniture into offsite storage
  • Clean and polish woodwork
  • If the season is appropriate, open windows and let the fresh air into the house


  • Dispose of everything you are not going to move
  • Pack all items that you wont need until after the move and arrange neatly
  • Increase bulb wattage
  • Sweep the floor. Remove stains or dirt
  • Organize tools and garden equipment
  • Wipe off any dust and dirt from the water heater and furnace