Preparing your house to sell

When selling your home the first step in the process is ensuring your home is ready to present to potential buyers.

It is essential to ensure that the appearance of your home is something that creates a “welcoming, feel at home” type environment. When people look at homes, they want to imagine themselves living, raising a family, even coming home from work in that home. That is why it is vital to take the time to go through and do the cleaning, repairs, etc. it takes to present your home at its finest condition.

From curb appeal to proper maintenance, most prospective home buyers keep a keen eye out for detail when looking for a new home.

Below is a checklist to help make sure your home is ready to show at the highest level.

Cleaning and Maintenance:

  • Windows, sills, and screens
  • Walls and floor
  • Tile
  • Ceilings
  • Cupboards and drawers
  • Kitchen
  • Bathrooms
  • Light fixtures
  • Ceiling fans
  • Carpet and rugs
  • Mirrors
  • Garage
  • Attic
  • Basement
  • Laundry room
  • Yard
  • Gutters
  • Replace furnace filter
  • Dust furniture, TV and computer screens
  • Closets
  • Remove clutter
  • Pack personal items

Check for Repairs:

  • Leaky faucets and plumbing
  • Torn screens
  • Slow drains
  • Gutters
  • Loose doorknobs
  • Deck boards
  • Broken windows
  • Electrical fixtures
  • Water stain damage
  • Broken appliances
  • Damaged walls and ceilings
  • Worn carpet and rugs
  • Damaged sidewalks and steps


  • Stain or paint deck
  • Store tools
  • Roll up garden hose
  • Paint or stain exterior
  • Prune bushes and hedges
  • Trim trees
  • Mow lawn, fertilize, edge, and trim
  • Weed gardens, plant flowers
  • Shovel driveways, de-ice
  • Stack firewood
  • Clean out birdbaths
  • Caulk windows and doors
  • Repair and paint fences
  • Seal asphalt driveway
  • Make sure doors close properly
  • Enhance entryway
  • Replace welcome mat