Prepare Your Home For Sale Checklist

A. The Exterior of your Home

1. The Yard

[ ] Cut and edge the lawn

[ ] Trim bushes & trees removing all dead limbs & debris

[ ] Add fertilizer/greening agent to lawn &plants

[ ] Remove all weeds from flower beds, rocks, & cracks in concrete. (Suggest Weed Be Gone or similar product.)

[ ] Install/Inspect decorative metal or stone borders between lawn & planting beds

[ ] Clean up rock/mulch beds making sure the rock covers the ground. Add more rock/mulch if needed.

 
2. Decks, Patios, Driveways, Porches & Fences

[ ] Wash driveways and sidewalks

[ ] Patch holes & cracks

[ ] Remove stains

[ ] Replace any broken areas

[ ] Paint and/or stain fences & decks

[ ] Arrange outdoor furniture & firewood neatly

[ ] Put away all lawn equipment, bikes & toys

 
3. House

[ ] Inspect all exterior elements of home: gutters, downspouts, siding, windows sashes, trim & shutters. Clean paint and/or replace as needed.

[ ] Replace any broken windows, doors & screens. Make sure they all operate properly

[ ] Clean windows & screens thoroughly. This helps brighten the home inside

[ ] Roof: Inspect for missing/damaged shingles & flashings. Make any necessary repairs.

[ ] Clean & touch up paint on the little things: House numbers, mailboxes, doorbells, etc.

 
4. Front Porch: Extra Attention Needed! This should be very welcoming

[ ] Replace front door if damaged & cannot be repaired

[ ] Paint door & trim

[ ] Clean porch area

[ ] Put out a new & clean doormat

[ ] Install potted/hanging plants if space permits

[ ] Have a nice porch light. Repaint, clean or replace. Install high wattage bulbs to make porch area brighter

 
B. Interior of your Home

 
1. Whole House Improvements (THOUROUGHLY CLEAN ENTIRE HOME!)

[ ] Clean windows & screens

[ ] Clean curtains, drapes & blinds

[ ] Clean carpets. If pet stains exist, replace carpet & pad

[ ] Clean & wax wood floors

[ ] Clean vinyl & ceramic floors

[ ] Clean, paint, replace all vent covers

[ ] Clean, polish, paint/stain wood trim in home

[ ] Be sure to remove pet odor & smoke odor when cleaning. Smell is a huge part of what buyers remember about your home

[ ] Remove wallpaper & borders ( this is a personal taste & buyers see work when they see wallpaper)

[ ] Freshly paint home using white, off white or beige paint. This will match the buyers’ furnishings

[ ] Repair damages to walls & ceilings. Includes: holes, cracks & water stains. Repaint after repair

MAKE HOUSE LIGHT & BRIGHT!

[ ] Clean all lamp shades & covers

[ ] Replace bulbs with high wattage bulbs

[ ] Clean windows & screens

 
2. Closets

[ ] Remove out of season clothing from closets

[ ] Leave only a few items on the floor closets

[ ] Add extra, empty hangers

[ ] Neatly arrange items on shelving

[ ] Leave extra space on shelves

 
3. Pay Attention to the Little Things

[ ] Tighten loose door knobs

[ ] Fix any leaky faucets

[ ] Tighten loose towel racks

[ ] Oil any squeaky doors or drawers

[ ] Arrange furniture to give an open feel. Remove any unnecessary or oversized furniture

[ ] Make sure all switches & outlets are clean & working properly

[ ] Place fresh flower arrangements throughout home

[ ] Make sure windows open & close without squeaking

[ ] Hide prescription medication. Theft of these items is rising

 
4. Kitchen & Baths

[ ] Thoroughly clean all countertops, appliances, mirrors, ovens, sinks, toilets, tub & shower walls

[ ] Store small appliances to open up counter space

[ ] Clear off vanity counter tops & store all personal care items neatly

[ ] Clean ventilating hood & exhaust fans

[ ] Remove rust stains

[ ] New knobs on drawers & cabinets make a difference

[ ] Clean & organize drawers, cabinets & linen closets

[ ] Clean all tile grout & caulk. (Suggest Clorox Bleach Pen & Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, or similar product) Re-caulk areas that cannot be cleaned

 
5. Garage, Basement, Attic & Storage Areas

[ ] Dispose of everything you are not going to move

[ ] Arrange items neatly & clutter free

[ ] Consider painting walls & ceilings white

[ ] Remove stains & dirt from floor

[ ] Paints floor gray. Organize garden tools & equipment

[ ] Wipe off dirt/cob webs from water heater, furnace, washer & dryer

[ ] Cure water problems in basement. Seek professional advice if needed

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