Ready To Sell Checklist


This is a checklist of easy improvements you can make when preparing to sell


Carpet & Flooring Improvements:

Do not sweep things under a rug or carpet. The carpet or rug should lay flat on the floor

If you have pets hire a professional to deodorize carpets

If needed, replace any worn carpet

If needed, steam clean carpet thoroughly

If needed, install new neutral-colored carpet with a thick padding so prospective buyers feel comfortable as they walk on your floors

Make sure carpets are secure. Stretch and tack down any loose or curling carpet

Make sure the carpets are vacuumed, free of pet hair and combed

If you decide to replace a linoleum floor, choose a neutral color that will have wide appeal

If your home has hardwood floors with room-size rugs, get the hardwood into its best condition with fresh non-slip floor polish or other coating to make it shimmer

Mop and vacuum floors

Replace worn out vent covers

Thoroughly clean linoleum floors in kitchen and bathroom


Clean & De-clutter Improvements:

Appliances should be cleaned - inside and out

Clean all curtains, drapes and blinds

Clean or purchase new front door accessories

Clean the entryway carefully; it creates the buyers first interior impression of your home

Clean the inside of all kitchen and bathroom cabinets and neatly organize items on shelves

Clean windowsills

Doors should be oiled and squeak-free

Dry clean your drapes

Empty trash cans, recycling bins and ash trays

Ensure all doors, cabinets and drawers can open completely without any blockage

Exterminate any insect problems

Get rid of odors (pet, food)

Have a garage sale before the home is listed

Hire a professional cleaning service, once every few weeks while the house is on the market

If needed, remove clutter by renting off-site storage space

Keep baseboards clean and dusted

Keep bookshelves, entertainment units organized neatly

Keep clothing hung neatly, shoes organized

Keep screens clean and vacuumed

Keep shower curtains fresh and free from mildew

Keep stairways and corridors clear

Make bathrooms sparkle; sinks, toilets and tubs should be immaculate

Make stairwells and corridors clutter-free

Mop and sweep all floors

Organize closets

Polish all interior woodwork

Remove appliances from kitchen counters to give a look of spaciousness

Remove oil spots from garage


Exterior Painting Improvements:

Paint door and doorframe

Paint exterior fixtures

Paint mailbox

Paint or clean front door and garage door

Paint or restain fence if it is peeling or dirty

Paint over any rust spots or streaks on downspouts

Paint shutters, make sure they are hung straight

Paint window ledges

Polish door handles and knockers

Remove rust from railing

Repair any damage to chimney

Repair holes in gutters and repair any separations from eaves

Repair or replace shingles or tiles missing from the roof

Sand and repaint areas with blistering or peeling paint

Seal cracks on porch and remove any standing water if concrete. If wood, secure looks railings and seal or paint as necessary

Straighten and clean antenna


Interior Painting Improvements:

Add new wallpaper if the current wallpaper is torn or withered. Make sure it adheres to the wall

All woodwork like stairwell railings and doors should be repainted and or stained

Have leaks repaired & watermarks covered

If needed, repaint faded, worn or stained interior walls

Make sure that cracks in ceiling/walls are repaired

The windows should be washed and stain free. The window frames should be painted if necessary and the hinges should not squeak

Tone down bright room colors by painting them white or a neutral color

Whitewash dark paneling


Kitchen & Bathroom Improvements:

If the appliances are included with the sale of your home, make sure they are operating and have proper documentations such as warranties and repair information

If there are missing or damaged tiles, have them replaced

Re-touch or repaint kitchens and bathrooms if the color is dated or the paint quality is poor

Make sure sinks are clean and stain-free

Repair damaged countertops, sinks or tubs

Make sure that there are no leaky faucets

Re-caulk damaged caulk on shower, sinks, tub or toilet

Clean tile grout and make stain-free

Paint, touch-up or refinish kitchen cabinetry

Tighten or replace loose doorknobs or cabinet pulls, sticking doors and drawers and wobbly hinges

Replace toilet seat

If appliances are dated or not functioning, consider replacing


Lighting Improvements:

Repair sticky windows which do not open

At night, turn on porch light and outdoor lighting

Clean all switchplates

Clean all windows, inside and out

Clean existing shutters, blinds or drapes

Clean skylight for leaves and other debris

Increase the wattage of bulbs to maximum possible wattage

Install dimming switches in common rooms such as dining rooms and living rooms to allow you to create lighting for different occasions

Install new window treatments if those you have are damaged or dated

Keep curtains open and use natural light as much as possible

Make sure all outdoor lighting works

Prune outside trees to allow natural light inside

Turn on enough lights so home is well lit during showing

Wipe all light fixtures with a rag and cleaning solution


Plumbing & Electrical Improvements:

All drains should be clean and free flowing

All toilets should be in good working order

Clean up, paint or replace old plumbing fixtures in all bathrooms

Have your well or septic inspected or repaired

If needed, hire a plumber to replace badly rusted and corroded plumbing pipes

Inspect, clean and change filter of furnace

Make sure that all bathroom and kitchen faucets are in good working order

Make sure that all smoke and burglar alarms are functional

Remove mildew stains and repair any loose, crumbling caulk or grout around tile and tub areas

Repair broken doorbell

Service sprinkler system


Staging Improvements:

Clean fireplace and prepare with logs for display

Clean out the entry closet and put only a few hangers so that the buyer can visualize winter coats

Consider lighting up the fireplace during the colder months

Hang artwork on the walls

Hang extra clean towels in the bathroom for your guests

Have a fresh vase of flowers on the kitchen table to add appeal

Have beds made

If needed, put large furniture in storage

Lock pets up away from home during showings

Open drapes to allow light in

Place fresh flowers, potpourri and other decorations around house (even in bathrooms)

Play music during open houses

Put cedar chips inside the closets

Remove all unnecessary articles in basement or attic

Remove magnets and notes from refrigerator

Remove personal possession, like photos, trophies and mementos

Set the dining room table for a dinner party

Stage garage - clean up oily floors, straighten tools and other equipment

Tag or remove items not included in sale (i.e. water conditioner, chandeliers, plants, drapes)


Yard Improvements:

Add colorful plants or flowers near front door and porch area

Consider re-painting or re-staining a deck if the wood is worn out

Repair damaged, rusty or bent fence; paint or stain if necessary

If you have an awning for the patio, make sure that it is also free of debris and that there are no signs of tear or worn material. Replace if necessary

Keep the firewood neatly stacked

Keep trash area clean and organized

Keep walks, steps and driveway obstacle-free

Mow, trim, fertilize and water lawn

Power wash deck

Prune trees and bushes

Rake fallen leaves

Remove unnecessary items such as gardening equipment

Remove debris and personal items on deck and porch

Remove signs such as Beware of Dog

Remove weeds and dead or dying plants or flowers

Replace welcome mat at the doorway

Re-sod bare spots on lawn

I would like to be the agent for you, your family, your friends and associates and empower you to understand the types of strategies you and they can use in your next real estate transaction. If you know of someone who is either thinking about selling or buying a home, please let me know and I'll respectfully EARN their business, not give them a song and dance about how fast I will sell their home or what a great deal I will get them on a new home. I am a professional that deals with facts, honesty and integrity and I would be honored at the opportunity to represent your best interests.



Marc Gohres


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