75 Point Checklist To Prepare Your Home For Sale

Dated: 02/12/2016

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75-Point Checklist to Prepare Your Home For Sale

The goal is to present a clean, spacious, clutter-free home – the kind you’d like to buy! Do a little each day and it will pay dividends.

Florida Rodriguez, Realtor      443-739-4455 mobile

        Homeset Realty, Inc.          410-602-3232 ext 520 ofc

Master Bedroom

Organize furniture to create a spacious look with well-defined sitting, sleeping and dressing areas

Organize and minimize walk-in closet


Sell, give away or throw out unnecessary items

Organize and create more space by hanging tools and placing items on shelves

Clean water heater and drain sediment

Change furnace filter

Make inspection access easy

Clean and paint concrete floors and walls

Provide strong overhead lighting


Tidy up by discarding or pre-packing

Make sure exposed insulation is visible and in good condition

Make sure air vent is in good working order

Provide strong overhead lighting

Curb Appeal

Mow lawn

Trim shrubs

Edge gardens and walkways

Weed and mulch

Sweep walkways and driveways, remove branches, litter and toys

Add color and fill bare spots with plantings

Remove mildew or moss from walls or walks with bleach and water

Take stains off your driveway with cleaner or kitty litter

Stack woodpile neatly

Clean and repair patio and deck areas

Remove any outdoor furniture which is not in good shape

Make sure pool or spa sparkles

Replace old storm doors

Check for flat-fitting roof shingles

Repair broken windows/shutters, replace torn screens, make sure frames and seams have solid caulking

Hose off exterior wood and trim, replace damaged bricks or wood

Touch up exterior paint, repair gutters and eaves

Clean and remove rust from any window A/C units or store them away

Paint the front door and mailbox

Add a new front door mat and consider seasonal door decoration

Shine brass hardware on front door, exterior lighting fixtures, etc.

Make sure doorbell is in good working order

General Interior Tips

Add a fresh coat of interior paint in light neutral colors

Shampoo carpeting, replace if necessary

Clean and wax hardwood floors, refinish if necessary

Clean and wash kitchen and bathroom floors

Wash all windows, vacuum blinds, wash window sills

Clean the fireplace 

Clean out and organize closets, add extra space by packing clothes and items you won’t need again until after you’ve moved

Remove extra furniture, worn rugs and items you don’t use: keep papers, toys, etc. picked up, especially on stairs

Repair easy fixes: loose doorknobs, cracked molding, leaky taps and toilets, squeaky doors, closet or screen doors off their tracks, etc.

Add dished potpourri or drop of vanilla or bath oil on light bulbs for scent

Secure jewelry, cash or other valuables

Living Room

Make it cozy and inviting, discard chipped or worn furniture and frayed or worn rugs

Consider packing away personal photos

Remove as much clutter as possible

Dining Room

Polish any visible silver or crystal

Set the table for a formal dinner to help viewers imagine entertaining here


Make sure appliances are spotless inside and out (try baking soda for cleaning formica stains).

Make sure all appliances are in perfect working order

Clean often forgotten spots on top of fridge and under sink

Wax or sponge floors to brilliant shine, clean baseboards

Organize item inside cabinets, pre-pack anything you won’t be using before your move

Keep counters as clear and empty as possible


Remove all rust and mildew

Make sure tile, fixtures, shower doors, are immaculate and shining

Make sure all fixtures are in good shape

Replace loose caulking or grout

Make sure lighting is bright, but soft

When It’s Time To Show

Make sure all marketing materials are readily available

Open all draperies and shades

Turn on all lights

Pick up toys and other clutter, check to make sure beds are made and clothes are put away

Give the carpets a quick vacuuming

Add some strategically placed fresh flowers

Open bathroom window for fresh air

Pop a spicy desert or just a pan of cinnamon in the oven for aroma

Turn off the TV and put on some light non-offensive music at low volume

Make a fire in the fireplace (seasonal)

Put pets in the backyard or arrange for a friend to keep them

Make sure pet areas are clean and 100% odor-free

Make sure all trash is disposed

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Florida Rodriguez

We just purchased our first home today and I cannot thank Florida enough for all her help. She is very professional and very thorough in assisting us since day 1. She always make herself available and....

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