Getting your house ready to sell checklist

THE ULTIMATE SELLER TO-DO CHECKLIST 

Objectively Evaluate Every Room! 

CLEAN/REPLACE AS NEEDED: 

[  ] Light Switch Covers 

[  ] Fireplace 

[  ] Light Bulbs 

[  ] Front door 

[  ] Carpets 

[  ] Blinds 

[  ] Doors and Door Knobs 

[  ] Interior & Exterior Paint 

[  ] HVAC/Heater vents 

DUST EVERYTHING!! 

[  ] Walls 

[  ] Blinds 

[  ] Ceilings 

[  ] Baseboards 

[  ] Windows 

[  ] HVA/C Intake Vents 

[  ] Ceiling Fans 

MAKE IT INVITING! 

[  ] Rearrange furniture to maximize visual floor space 

[  ] Pack up all knick-knacks and figurines 

[  ] Prune and nurture all house plants 

[  ] Reduce or add house plants to a balanced number 

[  ] Remove any furniture that you can live without 

[  ] Remove all but a few decorative books from bookshelves 

[  ] Pack away personal family photos to de-personalize the home 

[  ] Reduce the amount of wall art to one or two items per room 

[  ] Add lamps to any dark spaces to brighten the room 

[  ] Leave your home smelling fresh and clean with an essential oil diffuser 

LIVING ROOMS & FAMILY ROOMS: 

[  ] Keep coffee tables clear 

[  ] Remove any ashtrays 

[  ] Keep furniture at a minimum 

[  ] Any toys should be stored out of sight 

[  ] Use pillows and throws to soften the space 

DINING ROOM: 

[  ] Bottom of Chandelier should be at min. 60” from the floor 

[  ] Keep dining table clear except for one nice centerpiece 

[  ] Remove extra chairs from the table and dining room 

[  ] Remove extra leaves from the table The table should seat 4 to 6 chairs max 

KITCHEN: 

[  ] Clear all items from kitchen countertops 

[  ] Clean tile grout; bleach if needed 

[  ] Clean the stove, oven, and microwave 

[  ] Clear the refrigerator of magnets, pictures, and messages 

[  ] Repair broken or loose corners on Formica countertops 

[  ] Replace burner pans on the stove if worn 

[  ] Keep all mops, brooms, vacuums, etc., put away 

[  ] Empty the garbage before each showing 

[  ] Remove any pet food and water dishes before showings 

[  ] Organize pantry to look nice and neat 

[  ] Box up any dishes & cooking supplies you can live without 

[  ] Scrub/polish the sink to make it look like new again 

BEDROOMS: 

[  ] Make beds daily 

[  ] Invest in new bedspreads if necessary (consult stager first) 

[  ] Clear off bedside tables, dressers, etc. 

[  ] Store daily necessities in drawers or closets 

[  ] Organize closets to be nice and neat 

[  ] Keep closet doors closed 

[  ] Keep all the floors clear and vacuum regularly 

[  ] Remove all wall decor, other than a tasteful piece of art 

[  ] Repair any holes or damage to walls 

LAUNDRY: 

[  ] Put soap and supplies in cupboards 

[  ] Keep all surfaces and sink clean and empty 

[  ] Use high watt bulbs to make it look brighter 

[  ] Remove any and all clothing, dirty or clean. 

[  ] Keep floors cleared of clutter and mop regularly 

BATH: 

[  ] Clear and clean ALL surfaces 

[  ] Display a bottle of hand soap or a clean bar of soap 

[  ] Purchase new towels if necessary (consult stager first) 

[  ] Coordinate all linens in one or two colors 

[  ] Fold towels in thirds on towel rack 

[  ] Remove all unnecessary items out of shower stalls and tubs 

[  ] Clean or replace all shower curtains 

[  ] Clean any moldy areas in the showers and baths 

[  ] Replace caulking to make it look new again 

[  ] Take off all cloth toilet lids and keep lids closed 

[  ] Hide garbage cans and cleaning supplies 

[  ] Organize cabinets to be nice and neat 

EXTERIOR: 

[  ] Look at your house objectively from your neighbor's yard 

[  ] Clean or repaint the front door if needed 

[  ] Repaint the exterior and trim if needed 

[  ] Replace any rotten wood on the exterior 

[  ] Sweep all walkways, patios, porches, and decks 

[  ] Pressure wash any dirty/stained concrete 

[  ] Re-stain deck wood as needed 

[  ] Wash windows, inside and out 

[  ] Use outdoor furniture to show use of space 

[  ] Outdoor drapes, pillows, and throws create an inviting retreat 

GARAGE: 

[  ] Clean and sweep out the garage 

[  ] Keep storage nice and neat 

[  ] Repaint dirty areas 

[  ] Pack anything you can live without 

YARD: 

[  ] Prune bushes and plants to look healthy 

[  ] Do not allow shrubs or plants to block windows 

[  ] Weed all planting areas 

[  ] Put down fresh mulch to restore color contrast 

[  ] Keep the lawn freshly mowed, edged, and fertilized 

[  ] Remove any dead plants 

[  ] Add a few flowers for a splash of color if needed