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The Ultimate Checklist for Home Sellers

The Ultimate Checklist for Home Sellers

Feeling overwhelmed? This home seller checklist will help you achieve a market-ready home by knowing which things should be prioritized. Use this guide to prepare your home before selling, minus the stress and worry.


As you go around to every room, remember that your main objective should be getting rid of dirt, clutter, and personal items. Follow this rule and your house will stand out like a mountain peak against the horizon.


To Clean, Repair or Replace:

Update lighting, replace switch covers, install new light bulbs

Inspect heating and cooling systems, AC/Heater vents and for those with fireplaces—always have them chimney swept

Check and make any upgrades to the front door, room doors, door knobs

Update carpets and blinds with fresher fabric


To Dust:

Walls and ceilings—watch out for cobwebs

Baseboards and windows

Ceiling fans


To wash/repaint:

Exterior walls and trims

Outdoor furniture

Front door


Porch, deck or patio



To Remove:


Family photos

Personal collections e.g. music memorabilia, doll collectibles, religious material, etc.

Scented candles and oils


To Reduce:




Wall art / free-standing art pieces



Living Room/ Common areas

Clear tables, remove ashtrays (if any)

Rearrange furniture to maximize space

Stash toys and knick-knacks away

Stage the area with pillows, throw blankets, and minimal décor



Store personal belongings in cabinets, closets, and drawers

Clear the clutter and random items off the dresser and side tables

Remove decors, framed photos, and other memorabilia

Keep closets clean and organized

If possible, use matching bed sheets, pillows, and covers

Dust, vacuum and clean the floors and walls

Dining Room:

Clear the dining table, leave the centerpiece

Limit the seats to 4 or 6 chairs maximum

Keep the chandelier to a standard length, 60” from the floor



Clear the countertops, store random kitchen items away

Remove refrigerator magnets, posted notes, pictures and decors, etc.

Lessen the number of dishes, pots and pans, and utensils

Store away and box up cooking supplies and small appliances

Scrub, unclog, and polish the sink

Degrease the oven (use the self-cleaning option, if available), microwave and stove

Replace worn out stove burners

Bleach kitchen tiles, or regrout

Organize the pantry

Hide all cleaning items such as brooms, rags, mops and vacuum

Remove pet supplies, including food and dishes

Empty the trash bin

Repair loose cabinets and drawers, replace outdated handles


Bathroom/ toilet/ laundry area:

Scrub tiles, sink, tub, and shower areas

Put away all clothes, whether clean or dirty

Keep the floors dry and clean

Replace shower curtains at bathroom mats

Hide personal toiletries

Store cleaning tools and supplies

Close toilet lids, remove covers (if there are any)

Replace caulking and grout


Garage/ driveway/ footpaths:

Eliminate clutter

Pressure wash dirty concrete

Replace rotten surfaces



Trim plant overgrowth

Mow the lawn

Add mulch, bright flowers

Prune bushes

Remove dead trees, stumps, and falling limbs



Inspect for holes, stagnant water, and leaks


This list will help you make your home ready for listing, by knowing which things are needed to be prioritized. It’s all about cleaning, decluttering, fixing, freshening up and www.


The perfect home is usually the one where buyers can see themselves moving in. So it is important to remove any trace of your personality in the home you are selling and make it look welcoming for everyone and anyone.   Whether you’re buying or selling, I can help you, just send me a message or call my number today. 




The Ultimate Checklist for Home Sellers

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