The Sellers Checklist! 70 Things to do before your list your home for sale

Preparing your home for sale can be a huge task. So we have put together a complete checklist to help you get your home picture perfect ready. With all of our seller clients, we will take care of the majority of the items below such as professional cleaning and staging but if you are thinking of selling this list will be helpful in getting your home prepared. 

All areas of the home

  • Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows). Your agent should bring a professional cleaner the day before the house goes up for sale.
  • Clean dust off of all overhead lights and lamps. Turn the lamps and lights on for the professional photographs.
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs
  • Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)
  • Clean all ceiling fans. Turn the fans OFF during when the home is being photographed
  • Turn all TVs and computer screens OFF for all photographs
  • Clean all windows, especially if you are listing in the Spring or Summer.
  • Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light
  • Remove personal photographs (or replace with general landscape/object photographs
  • Make all beds
  • Make sure all the linens on the beds are clean
  • Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring unless the area rugs are there for staging purposes
  • Place all shoes/jackets in closet

Kitchen

  • Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc... unless they are strategically placed there for staging.
  • Leave out max of one small appliance (ex. coffee maker)
  • Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.
  • Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet
  • Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher
  • Clean the exterior and interior of the dishwasher
  • Clean out kitchen cupboards and remove all unnecessary items 
  • Arrange plates, glassware, and utensils in an organized fashion. You never know who may open the drawers 
  • Clean the inside of the fridge and put a box of baking soda inside it to maintain a fresh smell. 
  • Throw out any food that may be going bad 

Living/Family Room

  • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.
  • De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 5 items, including art)
  • Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed
  • Fluff and arrange furniture pillows
  • If you have pets vacuum the couch, chairs, and curtains to remove any pet hair
  • Remove kid's toys

Dining Room

  • Clear table, dust, and polish the table top
  • Use decorative place setting if available
  • Feature one center piece on dining table, such as a bouquet of flowers
  • Straighten all chairs and space them evenly
  • Remove child seats/booster chairs
  • Remove all unnecessary items

Bedroom(s)

  • Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available
  • Press bed linens and bed skirts
  • Make sure all linens are clean, if they are old we would recommend investing in new bed linens or they can be provided during staging
  • Clear nightstands of all personal items
  • Store away phone/tablet charging cables
  • Remove all clutter from top of dressers
  • Remove family photos from walls
  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos
  • Remove diaper genies 
  • Remove personalized names, wall stickers/posters

Pets

  • Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet
  • Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet
  • Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair
  • Contain pets in hidden crate or outside
  • Clear back yard of pet waste/toys

Backyard

  • Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions
  • Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not faded
  • Clear out kid's toys, balls, frisbees, etc.
  • Clean pool
  • Hide pool cleaning supplies
  • Turn on pool fountains/water features
  • Remove visible water hoses, vacuum/cleaner hose, and trash cans
  • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
  • Keep grass freshly cut
  • If there is snow in the winter shovel the back deck

Exterior

  • Close garage doors
  • Remove cars from driveway and front of home
  • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
  • Remove empty planters
  • Use a broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
  • Remove visible water hoses
  • Repair any falling or drooping eavestroughs 
  • Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.
  • In the winter keep the driveway and front walkway clear of any snow and ice