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Preparing Your Home

Your home has one chance to make a first impression with potential buyers. This checklist will help prepare your home so it shows at its best.

Curb Appeal

  •  Mow lawn

     Trim shrubs

     Edge gardens and walkways

     Weed and mulch

     Sweep walkways and driveway, remove branches, litter and toys

     Add color and fill in bare spots with plantings

     Remove mildew or moss from walls or walks with bleach and water

     Stack woodpile neatly

     Clean and repair patio and deck area

     Remove outdoor furniture that is not in good repair

     Make sure pool or spa sparkles

     Replace torn screens or broken storm doors

     Check for flat-fitting roof shingles

     Repair broken windows and shutters, make sure frames and seams have solid caulking

     Hose off exterior wood and trim, replace damaged bricks or wood

     Touch up exterior paint, repair gutters and eaves

     Clean and remove rust from and air conditioning units

     Paint the front door

     Add a new front door mat

     Shine brass hardware on front door and outside light fixtures

     Make sure door bell is in working order

General Interior Tips

  •  Add a fresh coat of paint to walls in light, neutral colors

     Shampoo carpeting and remove/replace any in disrepair

     Clean and wax hardwood floors, refinish if necessary

  •  Clean and wash kitchen and bathroom floors

     Wash windows, vacuum blinds

     Clean fireplace

     Clean out and organize closets – create extra space by packing clothes and items you won’t need again until after you’ve moved

     Remove extra furniture, worn rugs and items you don’t use

     Repair loose door knobs, cracked molding, leaking faucets and toilets, squeaky doors, closets or screen doors which are off their tracks

     Secure jewelry, cash, prescription medication and other valuables

Living Room

  •  Make it cozy and inviting, discard any chipped furniture or worn rugs

     Unclutter and simplify bookcases

Dining Room

  •  Polish and visible silver and crystal


  •  Clean appliances inside and out

     Make sure all appliances are in good working order

     Wax or sponge floor to brilliant shine, clean baseboards

     Unclutter all counter space, remove countertop appliances

     Organize items inside cabinets, pre-pack anything you won’t be using before you move


  •  Remove rust and mildew

     Make sure tile, fixtures, shower doors, etc are shining

     Replace loose caulking or grout

     Add fresh, fluffy towels (white is always a good choice)

     Remove bathmats from floors


  •  Sell, giveaway or throw out unnecessary items

     Clean oily cement floors

     Provide strong overhead lighting

     Tidy work or storage areas


  •  Sell, giveaway or throw out unnecessary items

     Organize and create more floor space by hanging tools and placing items on shelves

     Clean water heater and drain sediment

     Change furnace filter

     Make inspection access easy

     Clean and paint concrete floor and walls

     Provide strong overhead lighting

     Tidy up by discarding or pre-packing items

     Make sure energy efficient insulation is apparent

     Make sure air vent is in working order

     Provide strong overhead lighting