Sellers Exterior & Interior Prep Checklist

Exterior Preparation Checklist

The Yard:
  • Cut and edge the lawn
  • Trim bushes and trees removing dead limbs and debris
  • Add fertilizer to the lawn and plants
  • Remove all weeds from flowerbeds, rocks and cracks in the concrete
  • Install/inspect decorative metal or stone borders between lawn and planting beds
  • Clean up rock/mulch beds, adding more rocks/mulch if needed to cover the ground
Decks, Patios, Driveways, Porches and Fences:
  • Wash driveways and sidewalks
  • Patch holes and cracks
  • Remove stains
  • Replace any broken areas
  • Paint and/or stain fences and decks
  • Arrange outdoor furniture and firewood neatly
  • Put away all lawn equipment, bikes and toys
  • Inspect all exterior elements of the home: gutters, downspouts, siding, windows, sashes, trim and shutter. Clean, paint and replace as needed.
  • Replace any broken windows, doors and screens. Make sure they all operate properly
  • Clean windows and screens thoroughly. This helps brighten the home inside
  • Roof: Inspect for missing/damaged shingles and flashing. Make any necessary repairs
  • Clean and touch-up paint on little things such as house numbers, mailboxes, doorbells, etc.
Front Porch: EXTRA ATTENTION NEEDED! This should be very welcoming
  • Replace the front door if damaged and cannot be repaired
  • Paint door and trim
  • Clean porch area
  • Put out a new, clean doormat
  • Install potted/hanging plants if space permits
  • Have a nice porch light. Repaint, clean or replace. Install high-wattage bulbs to make the porch area bright



Interior Preparation Checklist

Whole-Home Improvements:
  • Clean windows and screens, curtains, drapes and blinds
  • Clean carpets. If pet stains exist, replace carpet and pad
  • Clean and wax wood floors
  • Clean vinyl and ceramic floors
  • Clean, paint and replace all vent covers
  • Clean, polish, paint/stain wood trim in your home
  • Be sure to remove pet odour and smoke odour when cleaning. Smell is a huge part of what buyers remember about your home
  • Remove wallpaper and borders (this feature is personal taste and buyers see “work” when they see wallpaper)
  • Repair damages to the wall and ceiling including holes, cracks, and water stains. Repaint after repair
Make House Light and Bright:
  • Clean all lampshades and covers
  • Replace bulbs with high-wattage bulbs
  • Clean windows and screens
  • Remove all out-of-season clothes from closetsLeave only a few items on the floor of closets
  • Add extra empty hangers
  • Neatly arrange items on shelving
  • Leave extra space on shelves
Pay Attention to The Little Things:
  • Tighten loose doorknobs
  • Fix any leaky faucets
  • Tighten loose towel racks
  • Oil any squeaky doors or drawers
  • Arrange furniture to give an open feel. Remove any unnecessary or oversized furniture
  • Make sure all switches and outlets are clean and working properly
  • Place fresh flower arrangements throughout the home
  • Make sure windows open and close smoothly without squeaking
  • Hide prescription medication. Theft is on the rise for those types of items.
Kitchen and Bathrooms:
  • Thoroughly clean the countertops, appliances, mirrors, ovens, sinks, toilets, tubs and shower stalls
  • Store small appliances to open up the counters. Clear off vanities, countertops and store all personal care items neatly
  • Clean ventilating hoods and exhaust fans
  • Remove rust stains
  • New knobs on drawers make a difference
  • Clean and organize drawers, cabinets and linen closets
  • Clean all the tile grout and caulk. (Suggest Clorox Bleach Pen and Mr. Clean Magic Eraser)
  • Re-caulk areas that cannot be cleaned
Garage, Basement, Attic and Storage Areas:
  • Dispose of everything you are not going to move
  • Arrange items neatly and clutter-free
  • Consider painting walls and ceiling white
  • Remove stains and dirt from floors
  • Paint cement floors gray
  • Organize garden tools and equipment
  • Wipe off dirt, cobwebs from the water heater, furnace, washer and dryer
  • Cure any water problems in the basement. Seek professional advice if needed