Front Entrance 

  • Clean doors and windows
  • Sweep sidewalk
  • Polish doorknob
  • Shake out doormat
  • Water container flowers (replace if necessary)
  • Clean doors and windows
  • Keep the lawn and landscaping trimmed


  • Clean doors and windows
  • Mop floor, shake out rug, vacuum carpeting
  • Water container flowers or plants
  • Dust shelves or entry table
  • Tidy up closet

Living room, family room

  • Stow away newspapers, magazines, books, games, toys, and videos
  • Straighten out the coffee table, bookshelves, and other areas
  • Mop floor or vacuum rugs
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture; wipe down leather or vinyl
  • Dust surfaces (including TV screens)
  • Sweep fireplace
  • Wipe down ceiling fan blades
  • Water houseplants


  • Mop or vacuum the floor
  • Clean appliances
  • Wipe countertops, cabinets
  • Clean sink
  • Stow away kitchen sponge and dish towels
  • Open windows or run the fan to remove cooking odors


  • Wipe wet shower stalls and bathtubs
  • Mop floors
  • Put out fresh towels
  • Empty wastebaskets
  • Clean sinks, mirrors and faucets
  • Stow away laundry


  • Make beds
  • Mop floors or vacuum rugs
  • Stow away shoes, laundry, clothes, books or toys
  • Open curtains or shades
  • Tidy up closet

Home office

  • Straighten out desk and bookshelves
  • Stow away files
  • Mop floor or vacuum rugs
  • Dust surfaces, including computer screen
  • Polish cabinets and woodwork


  • Clear clutter blocking access to furnace, electrical box, or laundry room 
  • Sweep stairs

Repairs to Make Before Selling

Nothing turns off a potential buyer faster than peeling paint, a broken window, or a splintered front step. It’s wise to make necessary repairs before you put your house on the market. A house in good condition demonstrates pride of ownership—one of your best sales tools. 

Start by covering these areas:

  • Inside the House
  • Fix or replace damaged flooring, such as torn linoleum or cracked tiles.
  • If you can’t afford to replace damaged or worn floors, consider offering the buyer an
  • allowance for renovation.
  • Fix any drains, faucets, or plumbing fixtures that aren’t operating.
  • Fixes can range from replacing a faucet washer to buying a new toilet.
  • Paint the interior.
  • Fill and paint any cracks or holes in the walls. (You may need to repaint entire walls to
  • mask such repairs.)
  • Replace burned-out bulbs and broken electrical sockets.
  • Most agents want you to turn on all the lights before a showing.
  • Replace or fix broken stairs.
  • Fix any creaks as well.
  • Replace old locks and doorknobs.
  • Make it easy for a buyer to walk in.
  • Fix any doors that don’t open easily, including the garage door.
  • If your garage door opener doesn’t work, repair or replace it.

Outside the House

  • Replace cracked windows and torn screens.
  • Don’t let your house be shown with the equivalent of a black eye.
  • Fix cracks in the driveway and entry walkway, and clean up stains.
  • If the driveway requires major repair, offering the buyer an
  • allowance for the work may be preferable.
  • Paint the exterior.
  • Touch up peeling paint, window frames, porches, and shutters. Repaint the entire exterior if it is drab or peeling.
  • Replace broken gutters or missing downspouts.
  • Good drainage is key to passing a home inspection. 
  • Replace or fix broken stairs.
  • It’s a matter of both safety and aesthetics.
  • Reseal the deck and repair broken boards.
  • A new coat of sealer can spruce up a fading deck.
  • Repair the roof.
  • Replace shingles and tack down loose flashing. If the roof is old, you may want to replace it and adjust your sales price accordingly.

By doing a few updates and repairs before putting your home on the market will help your home show better and possibly sell faster.

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