Pre-Marketing Checklist

Fully preparing your home for sale can make a considerable difference in the time it takes to sell it. You can help eliminate buyer objections before they arise by making necessaryrepairs and improvements, some of which are suggested below.

  • Spruce up your garden and lawn; trim shrubbery and replace dead plants.
  • Yard and patio should be neat; outdoor furniture should be clean and in good shape.
  • Manicure your front yard; make sure your driveway and entryway are free of clutter.

  • Check to make sure the house numbers, mailbox and exterior lighting are in good condition.
  • Touch-up with fresh paint as needed. Inspect chimney for cracks or earthquake damage.
  • Repair loose trim, drain pipes and fencing.
  • Clean stains and window screens.

  • Remove clutter and tidy up the shelves.
  • Clean the floor.

Living Areas
  • Apply fresh paint as needed.
  • Think about brightening your interiors with neutraltoned paint.
  • Clean draperies and carpets. Replace burned out light bulbs.

  • Sinks, appliances and counter tops should sparkle.
  • Remove any clutter.
  • Wax the floor.
  • Clean the oven, range and other appliances.
  • Clean tile and grout; replace if necessary.

  • Clean mirrors, glass, chrome and porcelain surfaces.
  • Replace shower curtain if necessary.
  • Fix any faucet drips or leaks.
  • Clean grout and caulking; replace if necessary.

  • Doors and drawers should open and close easily.
  • Remove clutter; tidy up shelves and racks.
  • Shoes and clothes should be neatly arranged.

  • Check the basics around the house. It takes just a minute to check all doors, windows and cabinets to make sure they don't stick, squeak or are too loose.
  • Clean the fireplace and remove smoke stains from the wall and mantle.
  • Clean your furnace and water heater, so buyers know they are looking at a house that has been well maintained.