How to Prepare Your Home For Sale Checklist

Is your home ready? A checklist. Inside your home

Floor coverings  -- (carpeting, tile, linoleum, hardwood, etc.)

  • Dirt or stains? Excessive wear or damage? Area rugs clean and stain-free?

Walls and ceilings

  • Dirt, fingerprints or other stains?
  • Nail or thumb-crack holes, tape residue? Cracks, chips, water damage?
  • Need for repainting or new wallpaper? Neutral, light colors for roomy environment?


  • Dirt, fingerprints or other stains?
  • Need new paint?
  • Open/close easily without squeaks? Latches/handles secure and working properly?


  • Glass sparkling clean/chip- and crack-free? Open/close easily?
  • Latches/handles/locks secure, working properly? Dirt and fingerprints on frames or sills?
  • Screens clean and without holes? Storm windows in good condition?

Window coverings --(curtains, drapes, blinds, etc.)

  • Dirt or stains?
  • Excessive wear or sun damage?
  • Open/close easily, hardware working properly?

Lighting --(lighting makes a room feel more inviting)

  • All bulbs working and proper wattage? Broken switches, exposed wiring?
  • Table and floor lamps working properly?

Pet areas

  • Clean, organized, odour-free?
  • Entryways and hallways
  • Clean and free of clutter or obstructions? Welcome mat(s) clean and inviting?

Closets and storage areas

  • Clean and well organized?
  • Clutter and excess junk removed?
  • Clothes hung neatly and not jammed together? Shoes and boots neatly stored/stacked?


  • Every surface sparkling clean?
  • Countertops organized, all but daily use appliances? Refrigerator spotless inside and out?
  • Organized? Spoiled food discarded?
  • Frost removed? Light bulbs working? (Buyers look!) Oven/stovetop clean? Burner trays cleaned?
  • Sinks clean; faucets working properly and leak-free? Garbage disposal in good working condition? Cupboards/pantry spotless, organized? Dishwasher clean and stain-free?

Living room, dining room,bedrooms, den and study

  • Everything thoroughly vacuumed/dusted?
  • Excess furniture removed for roomier atmosphere? Remaining furniture clean and in good repair? Wood and other surfaces clean and polished? Bookshelves neat, organized and clutter-free? Children’s games/toys stored neatly?
  • Fragile items removed and stored?
  • Smaller valuables removed/locked away?
  • Window coverings open for views and sunlight? Mirrors clean and in good repair?
  • Ashtrays cleaned and kept out of sight?
  • Fireplace clean, logs/kindling stacked neatly?

Bathrooms/powder room

  • Every surface sparkling clean?
  • Countertops organized, free of clutter? Fresh soap? Sinks spotlessly clean, faucets working properly? Tub and shower surfaces clean?
  • Towels stain-free and hanging neatly?
  • Shower curtain clean and in good repair?
  • Toilet extra-clean and working properly?
  • Closets organized and clutter-free?
  • Medicine cabinet clean, “personal items” removed?

Basement, furnace room,garage, attic storeroom


  • Clean and well-organized?
  • Clutter and excess “junk” removed? Remaining items stored/stacked neatly? Everything thoroughly vacuumed/dusted?
  • Outside your home


  • Exterior surfaces clean, in good condition? Front-door exterior clean, inviting?
  • Eaves troughs and downspouts clean, in good repair? Gates open/close properly, hardware working? Fences/decks in good repair, in good condition? Sidewalks and walkways in good repair?
  • Driveway clean, in good repair?

Yard and environment

  • Driveways, sidewalks clear of snow, ice? Lawns mowed/edged regularly?
  • Large bare spots repaired?
  • Leaves removed from lawns and flower beds? Trees pruned, hedges trimmed?
  • Flower beds weeded and tidy; dead plants replaced? “Junk” and scrap removed?
  • Lawn furniture clean, organized, good repair? Bicycles, children’s toys stored neatly, out of way? Firewood organized and neatly stacked?
  • Dog runs secure, yard free of “doggy deposits”?

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Andreea Marinescu

Andreea Marinescu

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Leading Edge Realty Inc., Brokerage*
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