Sellers’ Checklist

Is your house ready to sell?

Review the questions below to ensure your home looks the best it possibly can in the buyer’s eyes.
Exterior:

  • • Does your yard look well maintained?
  • • Are the trees and bushes trimmed?
  • • Is your lawn mowed and edged?
  • • Is your lawn free of weeds?
  • • Are the decks and patios clean?
  • • Does your house need painting?
  • • Are there any exterior holes or cracks?
  • • Are your walks and porches clean and in good repair?
  • • Does your roof leak or sag?
  • • Are any shingles or tiles missing?
  • • Is your chimney in good shape?

Carpeting/Walls/Ceilings:

  • • Are your carpets clean and in good condition?
  • • Do your carpets need stretching?
  • • Are there any pet or smoking odors?
  • • Do your walls have any cracks or holes?
  • • Do your walls need painting?
  • • What about that wallpaper?
  • • Do your ceilings have any water stains, cracks or peeling?
  • • Do your ceilings need painting?

Kitchen:

  • • Are your appliances clean and in good working order?
  • • Are your cabinets in good condition?
  • • Are your countertops in good condition?
  • • Is your tile grout clean?
  • • Is your sink stained, chipped, or in need or re-calking?

Bathroom:

  • • Do your faucets shut off completely?
  • • Do your sinks drain freely?
  • • Are your toilets in good condition?
  • • Are your shower doors shiny?
  • • Do your tubs need caulking?
  • • Is your floor in good condition?
  • • Are your vanities and mirrors in good condition?

Living Room:

  • • Is your fireplace clean?
  • • Is the fireplace screen in good shape?
  • • Are all drapes, shutters and shades clean and working properly?
  • • Are any window screens bent?
  • • Do all the windows open and close easily?
  • • Are the windowsills clean?
  • • Are your doors in good condition?
  • • Do any doors sag or stick?
  • • Do the locks work?
  • • Is the paint in good condition?
  • • Do the doors seal tightly?

Basement/Attic:

  • • Is your basement/attic organized?
  • • Are they well lit?
  • • Are they clean?
  • • Are the stairs in good repair?
  • • Do the doors open and close easily?
  • • Are there any signs of insects or rodents?

Garage:

  • • Is your garage organized?
  • • Is it well lit?
  • • Is the floor swept?
  • • Are there oil spots or other stains on the concrete?

Curb Appeal Checklist

  • • Replace or freshen-up front door with a coat of paint.
  • • If needed, touch up or repaint the home’s exterior. Fix or replace any damaged siding.
  • • Make sure porch railings are sturdy and freshly painted.
  • • Replace old, aluminum windows with new energy efficient vinyl or wood windows.
  • • Clean windows
  • • Straighten or replace loose or bent gutters.
  • • Fix loose shutters.
  • • Make sure house numbers are easy to read.
  • • Paint or replace mailbox.
  • • Clean and repair sidewalk and driveway (reseal if needed).
  • • Mulch flowerbeds and around shrubs. Make a distinct border between flowerbed and yard.
  • • Keep grass trimmed and clear of toys and debris.
  • • Prune overgrown bushes and trees.
  • • Add a potted plant or flower boxes to the front entrance.
  • • Make sure the doorbell works and the doorknocker is polished.
  • • Make sure the front of your home is lighted and appealing at night.
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