Cleaning a house to take pics to post for sale by owner.


I'm having trouble getting started (feeling a little overwhelmed). Which room do I start in, what do I pack first, what do I leave out for pics?

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  • The important thing is to make sure the house does not look cluttered. Pack up all the extra knick-knacks and just leave out one or two. In the kitchen, clean off the counters, giving it a clean, spacious look. People want to see how much workspace they will have. The same goes for the bathroom. Be sure to clean up the floors in bedrooms of shoes, clothes, etc and make the bed!

  • Bijous Bijous on Jun 28, 2018
    Hi Christy. Rent a storage unit. Then start with the kitchen. Except for the pots and pans you use every day, pack up everything else. Then clean, clean, clean - put in new light bulbs. In living room leave only 1 side table, 1 chair, couch and tv. In family room do the same. In bedrooms leave only bed and one dresser and window hanging. In bathroom(s) take out everything except neutral colored shower curtain. That's what should be in your pictures. Buyers want to see the space. Not your furniture or art work. Good luck.

  • Katie Katie on Jun 28, 2018

    All good advice so far. Another thing to address is closets. Be sure they're neat, orderly and smell nice. An old merchandising trick: arrange your hanging clothes in color order (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, etc) rather than type.

  • Janice Janice on Jun 28, 2018
    Hi Christy, good advice has already been provided. If you have a camera on your phone, take pics yourself and then look at them'll be surprised at what you see....:) Then remove the offending "clutter", etc. Work to keep everything extra clean and create baskets of things to contain some of your most used items that can easily be stashed when you have showings. Remove personal items such as pictures, religious items, etc. Think of your house as no longer yours and just merchandise it for looking the best to home they get distracted if they see personal items they can't "see" themselves in your home. Good Luck with all this. Also, before showings be sure to remove any valuables and medications just to be safe!