THE ULTIMATE SELLER TO-DO CHECKLIST

ENTIRE HOUSE: Objective Evaluate Every Room!


CLEAN/REPLACE AS NEEDED
-Light Switch Covers
-Fireplace
-Light Bulbs
-Front Door
-Blinds
-Doors and Door Knobs
-Interior and Exterior Paint
-AC/Heater Vents


DUST EVERYTHING!!
-Walls
-Blinds
-Ceilings
-Baseboards
-Windows
-AC Intake Vents
-Ceiling Fans


MAKE IT INVITING!
-Rearrange furniture to maximize visual floor space
-Pack up all knick-knacks and figurines
-Prune and nurture all house plants
-Remove any furniture that you can live without
-Pack away personal family photos to de-personalize the home
-Reduce the amount of wall art to one or two items per room
-Add lamps to any dark spaces to brighten the room


LIVING ROOMS AND FAMILY ROOMS
-Keep coffee tables clear
-Keep furniture to a minimum
-Toys should be stored out of sight
-Use pillows and throws to soften the space


KITCHEN
-Clear all items from kitchen countertops
-Clean tile grout, bleach if needed
-Clean the stove, oven and microwave
-Clean the refrigerator of magnets, pictures and messages
-Replace burner pads on stove if worn
-Keep all mops, brooms, vacuums, etc, put away
-Empty the garbage before each showing
-Organize pantry to look nice and neat
-Box up any dishes and cooking supplies you can live without
-Scrub/polish the sink to make it look new again
-Clean the sink of all dishes


BEDROOMS
-Make beds daily
-Invest in new bedspreads, if necessary
-Clear off bedside tables, dressers, etc.
-Store daily necessities in drawers or closets
-Organize closets to be nice and neat
-Keep closet doors closed
-Keep all floors clear and vacuum regularly
-Remove all wall decor, other than a tasteful piece of art
-Repair any holes or damage to walls


LAUNDRY
-Put soap and supplies in cupboards
-Keep all surfaces and sink clean and empty
-Use high watt bulbs to make it look brighter
-Remove any and all clothing, dirty or clean
-Keep floors cleared of clutter a mop regularly



BATHROOMS
-Clear and clean ALL surfaces
-Display a bottle of hand soap or a clean bar of soap
-Purchase new towels, if necessary
-Coordinate all linens in one or two colors
-Fold towels in thirds on towel rack
-Remove all unnecessary items out of the shower stall and tubs
-Clean or replace all shower curtains
-Clean any moldy areas in the showers and baths
-Replace caulking to make it look new again
-Keep toilet lids closed
-Hide garbage cans and cleaning supplies
-Organize cabinets to be nice and neat


EXTERIOR/GARAGE
-Look at your house objectively from your neighbors yard
-Clean or repaint the front door if needed
-Repair the exterior and trim if needed
-Replace any rotten wood on the exterior, don’t forget pot shelves
-Sweep all walkways, patios, porches and decks
-Pressure wash any dirty/stained concrete
-Wash windows, inside and out
-Use outdoor furniture to show use of space
-Outdoor drapes, pillows and throws create an inviting retreat


YARD
-Prune bushes and plants to look healthy
-Do not allow shrubs or plants to block windows
-Weed all planting areas
-Put down fresh mulch to restore color contrast
-Keep the lawn freshly mowed, edged and fertilized
-Remove any dead plants
-Add a few flowers for a splash of color, it needed
-Re-stain deck wood as needed