Get Your Home Show Ready: A Home Seller’s Checklist

Use our checklist to get your home show ready!

INTERIOR

Clean:

  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Light switches
  • Baseboards
  • Chair rails
  • Carpets
  • Draperies

Paint:

  • Paint/repaint rooms in neutral colors as needed

Other tasks:

  • Remove/pull back dark curtains
  • Lubricate squeaky door hinges
  • Clean ceiling fans
  • Check for cobwebs in all corners
  • Fix scratches in wooden floors
  • Repair/replace broken flooring
  • Use area rugs, if needed
  • Empty wastebaskets
  • Make beds
  • Fluff or replace accent pillows

KITCHEN

  • Keep dishes and food out of sight
  • Clean appliances
  • Sweep/Mop
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Test electrical outlets
  • Eliminate cooking odors
  • Deodorize garbage disposal, dishwasher, and refrigerator
  • Clean cupboards and under sink
  • Replace garbage disposal gasket to reduce noise

BATHROOMS

  • Remove soap residue, mildew and mold from surfaces
  • Clean out cabinets; remove nonessentials
  • Keep fresh, clean towels on towel rack
  • Clean/lubricate shower door
  • Replace shower curtain
  • Clean exhaust fan, heater; replace if broken or noisy

LAUNDRY AREA

  • Clean out area behind washer/dryer
  • Eliminate any mildew odors

CLOSETS

  • Keep closets clean and free of clutter
  • Throw out or pack away nonessentials

GARAGE/CARPORT/SHED

  • Clean and unclutter
  • Adjust tension rod to eliminate sag from garage door
  • Put away tools
  • Clear any cobwebs
  • Remove oil/paint stains from floor
  • Lubricate/adjust/repair garage door opener

HEATING/AC UNIT

  • Vacuum
  • Replace filter
  • Clean intake vent

EXTERIOR

Replace, repair, paint any damaged:

  • Plaster
  • Wood siding
  • Trim
  • Rain gutters
  • Shutters
  • Doors
  • Window frames
  • Screens
  • Water spigots
  • Street numbers on house
  • Fences/gates
  • Outdoor lighting

Clean:

  • Siding
  • Windows/Screen
  • Pet droppings
  • Outdoor BBQ
  • Pool/spa
  • Service areas/trash cans
  • Haul away garbage/debris
  • Straighten woodpile
  • Test doorbell
  • Clean oil stains from driveway

ADDITIONAL TIPS

  • Clean everything – Cleanliness signals to a buyer that the home has been well cared for and is most likely in good repair. A messy home will cause buyers to notice every flaw.
  • Unclutter your home – The less “stuff” in and around a home, the roomier it will seem.
  • Let the light in – Open the blinds. Put brighter bulbs in all the lamps. Bright, open rooms feel larger and more
  • Let some fresh air in – If the weather is nice, open the Fresh flowers and potpourri can also be used to your advantage.
  • Send the kids to Grandma’s – Or take them on a walk around the block. Active children can be distracting to someone viewing a home.
  • Paint – There’s nothing that improves the value of a home more than a few cans of paint. And it’s so often easier to paint a room than it is to scrub it. Stick with neutral
  • Keep the noise down – Turn off TV and turn on soft instrumental background music.