Preparing Your Home For Sale Checklist

Before your home hits the market, here's a list of things you can do to help it show better, sell faster, and sell for top dollar.  Most of these require more sweat than cash.  We will be happy to walk through your home with you and make suggestions.


1.  The Yard:
___  Cut and edge the lawn
___  Trim bushes and trees and remove all dead limbs and debris
___  Remove weeds
___  Clean up rock and rake as needed to make sure the rock covers the ground it's meant to cover.

2.  Patios/Driveways/Fences:
___  Wash the driveway and all sidewalks and patio areas.
___  Clean any stains
___  Make sure fence is in good repair.  Paint/Stain/Repair as needed.
___  Spruce up the outdoor living areas with furniture and plants.
___  Make sure all lawn equipment and toys are stored out of sight.

3.  The House:
___  Clean, paint and/or repair as needed any siding or stucco
___  Replace broken windows, doors and screens and make sure they all operate correctly.
___  Clean windows and screens thoroughly, inside and out.


___  Clean the curtains, drapes, and blinds
___  Clean the carpets.  If carpet is badly stained, it may need to be replaced.
___  Clean tile and wood and laminate floors.
___  Touch up paint as needed or put a fresh coat on rooms that need it.
___  Remove wallpaper and borders if you can.  These are very personal and buyers will see "work ahead" when they see wallpaper.
___  Repair damaged walls and ceilings, including holes, cracks and water stains.
___  Make sure all light bulbs are working so you can make it "light and bright"

2.  Closets
___  Remove out of season clothing and add extra empty hangers
___  Leave only a few items on the floor of closets
___  Straighten up shelves and leave extra room on shelves.

3.  Details
___  Tighten loose door knobs, loose towel racks, and lubricate squeaky doors and drawers.
___  Fix leaky faucets and toilets
___  Arrange furniture to give an open, flowing feel.  Remove any over-sized furniture to make rooms feel large.
___  Fresh flowers in vases are wonderful touches.
___  Hide prescription medication and all valuables.

4.  Kitchen and Bathrooms
___  Thoroughly clean all counter tops, appliances, mirrors, ovens, sinks, toilets, tubs, and shower walls.
___  Store small appliances and nicknacks to open up counter space.
___  Clear off vanity counter tops and store all personal care items neatly.
___  Clean and organize drawers, cabinets, linen closets, and pantries.
___  Clean all tile grout and caulk.  Re-caulk as needed.

5.  Garage and Storage Areas
___  Dispose of everything you are not going to move.
___  Arrange items neatly and clutter free
___  Remove stains and dirt from floor.
___  Wipe off cob webs and dirt from water heater, furnace, etc.

The last thing you need to do, and this may be the most important, is to give your house the SNIFF TEST.  Pet odors and smoke odors can send a buyer straight back out the door before they get past your entry way.  Thoroughly cleaning the home, painting when necessary, and cleaning or replacing the carpet and pad may be your only remedy.  Sometimes a few plugs in are all it takes if the home is already clean and the odors are very mild.