Home-Prep Guide

Here is a checklist for home sellers with printable checklist as PDF.

Home-prep Checklist

  • Wash windows.
  • Clean carpets.
  • Repair any leaky faucets, torn screens, etc.
  • Clean mirrors and glass.
  • Clean walls / Fresh Paint.
  • Clean light fixtures.
  • Clean appliances (inside and out).
  • Clean / Paint baseboards.
  • Repairing holes, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
  • All light fixtures need WHITE Light Bulbs.
  • DeClutter - Remove Personal Photos.
  • Remove evidence of Pets.
  • Spruce Up Landscaping.
  • Pressure-clean exterior.
  • Fresh Mulch
  • Have grass cut weekly.
  • NO Loud paint colors.
  • Doormat larger than the front door.
  • Deep clean.
  • Clean gutters.
  • Have AC / Water units serviced.
  • Clean AC vents inside the home.
  • Fresh caulk in bathrooms (if needed).
  • Clean your Ceiling fans.

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  • Make Beds and Fluff Pillows.
  • Grab a basket and put personal items of clutter in a closet.
  • Make sure the bathroom towels are clean, straightened, and match.
  • Wipe down toilets and put the lids down.
  • Wipe down all countertops and sinks.
  • Open all blinds & Turn on all the lights in the house.
  • Make sure the house temperature is cool.
  • Make sure the house smells good, but don't overdo the air freshener.
  • Vacuum all carpeted areas, sweep all surfaces.
  • Clean all mirrors.
  • Sweep the front doorway and wipe off the mat.

To Do's While the Home Is for Sale

  • Cleaning every room and removing clutter. This alone will make your house appear larger and brighter.
  • Hiring a professional cleaning service every week while the house is on the market.
  • Removing items from kitchen counters and closets.
  • Trimming hedges, weeding flower beds, and pruning trees regularly.
  • Keep your garage door closed.
  • Get your lawn cut weekly.
  • Do NOT cook any strong-smelling foods.
  • Clean litter boxes and put in garages if possible.
  • Be sure that all light switches and outlets are cleaned.

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