Preparing Your Home For Sale

Remember: First Impressions are the Strongest!

When buyers make a decision to purchase a home, they do it emotionally!  The feeling they get from the house and the way they picture themselves enjoying the home are two of the most important factors in the decision to buy.  The following list offers suggestions to help the potential buyers create their own good feelings and visualize themselves owning your home.


  • Does the house need painting?
  • Are there any holes or cracks?
  • Are the walks and porches clean and in good repair?
  • Doe the front of the home give a “Welcome” appearance?
  • Does the yard look well maintained?
  • Trees and bushes trimmed/lawn mowed?
  • Is it free of weeds?
  • Are the decks and patios clean?
  • Does it leak, sag or have shingles missing?
  • Is the chimney in good shape?


  • Any cracks or holes?
  • Is paint/wallpaper in good shape?
  • Are the appliances clean and working?
  • Are the cabinets/countertops in good condition and tidy?
  • Is the tile grout clean?
  • Is the sink stained, chipped or in need of re-caulking?
  • Are there any water stains, cracking or peeling?
  • Do they need painting?
  • Are they clean, have spots or faded areas?
  • Do they need stretching?
  • Do the faucets work and sinks drain freely?
  • Are the toilets in good condition?
  • Are the shower doors shiny?
  • Do the tubs need caulking?
  • Is the floor in good condition?
  • Are the vanities/mirrors in good condition?
  • Do the drapes/shutters/shades work properly?
  • Are they clean and open and close easily?
  • Are any screens  bent?
  • Are they in good condition/need paint?
  • Do they seal tightly with no sagging or sticking?
  • Do you need to replace the storm doors?
  • Is it clean and attractive?
  • Is the screen in good shape?
  • Is it organized and clean?
  • Is there sufficient lighting
  • Does the access function well?
  • Are there any signs of insects/rodents
  • Is it organized and clean?
  • Is there sufficient lighting?

Before the Inspector Arrives

Remember: Repairs made prior to the inspection will save time and aggravation.

  • Cut tree limbs away from the house
  • Wash stained siding and brick to remove discoloration or mildew
  • Install splash blocks at downspouts
  • Clean gutters and repairs where necessary
  • Repair all rotted wood and paint to match
  • Remove any items against the house or garage
  • Repair and replace damaged screens
  • Clean chimney
  • Clean and inspect heater
  • Check A/C; it should cool to 20 degrees below outside temperature
  • Check condensing unit & clean away any debris, leaves, grass, etc.
  • Test all smoke detectors & add new batteries where necessary
  • Toilets should be secured (should not rock)
  • Make sure all tubs and/or showers do not leak into wall when water is sprayed from fixtures
  • Have all cracks in masonry repaired by professional mason
  • Repair dripping faucets

We hope these tips have been helpful to you in answering any questions you may have had. As always, please do not hesitate to contact your closer should you have any questions.
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this transaction.

Click here to print the Preparing to List Your Home Checklist.

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