The Home Selling Checklist
There’s so much you can do to position your home for the best possible sale. Even the smallest details can make a large difference. Make sure you read through this checklist and complete the tasks.
- Have carpets cleaned and re-stretched or replaced if worn or dated.
- Clean or have house cleaned (top to bottom, baseboards and ceiling fans).
- Pack away all small collections and jewelry.
- Wash windows inside and out.
- Clean out and arrange all closets.
- Complete all minor repairs, fix nail holes, and apply touch-up paint.
- Touch up all painted trim where needed.
- Replace all burned out light bulbs.
- Use a higher wattage in rooms with only one light fixture.
- Polish all doorknobs and hardware in all rooms. If you have brass fixtures, it’s worth the investment to replace them.
- Remove a majority of your personal photos; leave out just a few to represent a loving home.
- Remove stuffed trophy heads and/or animal collections of any kind.
- Limit toys to one toy box or storage area and pack the rest away.
- Put away any boxes. The only things that should be on the floor are furniture.
- Remove all personal items from bathroom countertops.
- Remove all kitchen appliances from counter tops.
- Keep all food items off the counter.
- Remove all magnets and papers from the front of the refrigerator, and all food and other items from the top.
- Replace old stove drip pans, and for older stoves, add new burner covers; it helps them look newer.
- Remove all window screens.
- Place the screens in the garage where they are visible so the buyer will see them.
- Plant flowers in pots outside by the front door and along sidewalks and landscaping beds.
- Add mulch in landscape beds.
- Power wash patios, walkways and driveway.
- Clean out the garage and remove all the “extras.”
- Leave only tools, lawn equipment, bikes & cars.
- It’s key to show that at least one car does fit in the garage.
- If both sides of the garage are full, rent mini-storage.