Make Your Home Look Its Best 

Getting your home ready to sell is a big task. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by updates, cleaning, painting and other tasks. We made the Home Selling Preparation Checklist to give you an organized list of the most important preparations for every room in your home. With the Home Selling Preparation Checklist, you can mark off each item and each step as you get your home ready to sell. When you’ve finished the checklist, your home will look better than ever, and you’ll be ready to welcome buyers! 

In the checklist you’ll find a line-by-line list of items Realtors look for when getting homes ready to sell: 

  • Cleaning to-do’s for every room, from carpets to baseboards to appliances and more. 
  • Essential repairs that are easy to make and easy to miss. 
  • Organizational items, including what to put away and where to put it. 
  • Tips for great curb appeal and how to make your exterior shine. 

Your home’s first impression is a big part of the home selling process. When your house is clean, all repairs are made, and clutter is put away, buyers will see all of your home’s potential and its best features. This will maximize the interest in your home, and help you get top dollar. The Home Selling Preparation Checklist gives you an organized list of repairs, updates and cleaning tasks inside and out, so there’s no detail left to chance.

Home Selling Preparation Checklist

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Inside Your Home

Some of the most important updates you can make as you prepare to sell your home are also some of the smallest and least expensive. Thorough cleaning tops the list of items that will boost your home's value, while costing you very little. After you’ve lived in your home for years, a lot of these items are easy to miss; marks on the walls, scratches on the furniture, dust around the baseboards. It’s also easy to forget about putting away the items that you see every day, such as kids’ toys, family photos, and knick-knacks. The Home Selling Preparation Checklist makes it easy to get every room ready and make sure home buyers only see the best features of every room.

Inside your home, the checklist will help you go through these home selling preparation to-do’s:

  • Floors
  • Walls
  • Appliances
  • Extra furniture
  • Knick-knacks
  • Organizing
  • Window glass
  • Window screens
  • Dusting
  • Countertops
  • Area rugs
  • Bulbs and fixtures
Home Selling Preparation Checklist Inside Home
Home Selling Preparation Checklist Outside House

Outside Your Home

Your home’s exterior is the first thing that prospective home buyers see. The right curb appeal can make the difference between a warm and welcoming exterior, or one that gives home buyers second thoughts. Your yard, driveway, sidewalk, bushes, flowers, fence and more all play a part in your home’s curb appeal. The outdoor section of the Home Selling Preparation Checklist makes it easy to organize your outdoor updates, repairs, and maintenance. This section of the checklist covers the items that home buyers see right away, which are also the items that are easy for homeowners to overlook. As you take care of each item, mark it off the list, and you’ll be one step closer to a top-notch home sale.

Outside your home, start on these curb appeal items:

  • Clean driveway
  • Trimmed grass
  • Trimmed hedges
  • Weeded gardens
  • Clean eaves
  • Toys put away 
  • Clean siding 
  • Flowers planted
  • Fences mended 

Get Started On Your Home Preparations

Simplify your home preparations using the Home Selling Preparation Checklist. With the checklist completed, your home will look better than ever and home buyers will see all your house’s best qualities. Fill in the form to download your copy and get started.

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