Home Seller's Checklist

Home Seller’s To-Do Checklist

Dust Everything

  • A/C vents
  • Ceiling fans
  • Baseboards
  • Blinds
  • Windows and sills
  • Walls
  • Ceilings

Clean and Replace as Needed

  • Vents
  • Fireplace
  • Paint (outside and inside)
  • Front door
  • Light switches
  • Light bulbs
  • Doors, knobs, and hinges
  • Drawer pulls on cabinets
  • Blinds
  • Carpets
  • Chandeliers

Make Everything Welcoming and Inviting

  • Remove any furniture that you don’t need
  • Maximize floor space by rearranging floor space
  • Minimize. Pack up knick-knacks, figurines, and personal photos
  • Remove all but a few books from their shelves
  • Reduce the amount of wall art
  • Balance plant life by reducing or adding
  • Brighten the room by adding lamps to dark areas
  • Leave your home smelling clean and fresh but avoid using heavily scented candles


  • Pack away all dishes and cooking supplies that you don’t use
  • Empty the garbage before the house is shown
  • Clear all items from the counter tops
  • Replace the burner pans if needed
  • Clean the tile grout
  • Clean and polish the sink to make it look new
  • Clear all magnets, messages and pictures from the refrigerator
  • Keep all brooms, mops, and vacuums put away
  • Remove pet food and dishes before the house is shown
  • Organize your pantry
  • Clean the microwave, stove, and oven
  • Do a deep clean in the refrigerator

Clean kitchen

Dining Room

  • Remove any extra chairs from the dining room and table to make it look more roomy
  • Take out extra leaves from the table
  • The bottom of the chandelier should be at least 60″ from the floor.
  • Clear everything from the dining table except for one centerpiece

Living Room

  • Remove any ashtrays
  • Keep coffee tables clear of excess “stuff”
  • Furniture should be at a minimum
  • Pack away any toys
  • Use throws and pillows for a softer appearance


  • Purchase new bedspreads if needed
  • Make beds everyday
  • Keep bedside tables clear
  • Remove most wall decor except for one or two tasteful pieces
  • Repair and paint any damage to walls or nail holes
  • Organize your closets and keep the closet doors shut
  • Vacuum regularly and keep floors clear


  • Remove all laundry – clean and dirty
  • Keep floor cleared
  • Use high watt light bulbs
  • All surfaces should be clear and clean
  • Pack away soap and supplies in the cabinet


  • Clean and keep clear all surfaces
  • Organize cabinets
  • Buy new towels if necessary
  • Hide cleaning supplies and trash cans
  • Display a bottle of hand soap
  • Replace caulking around tubs and sink
  • Fold towels in thirds on towel rack
  • Replace or clean the shower curtain
  • Take out any unnecessary items in the shower or bath
  • Remove any cloth toilet lids and keep lids closed


  • Repaint if necessary
  • Pack away anything you don’t use. Consider a storage unit.
  • Sweep out the garage and cobwebs on the ceiling
  • Make everything nice and neat


  • Sweep all walkways, decks, porches, and patios
  • Power wash if necessary to remove mildew and to freshen everything up
  • Re-stain decking if needed
  • Clean and repaint your front door if necessary
  • Replace all rotten wood
  • Consider repainting the exterior trim and any painted surfaces
  • Wash the windows
  • Take a look at your home from the street, objectively
  • Use outdoor furniture to accent the space


  • Remove dead plants
  • Weed where needed
  • Freshen flower beds with new mulch
  • Prune bushes and trees as needed
  • Shrubs should not block the windows
  • Keep your lawn freshly mowed
  • Add some flowers for color

clean flower beds

To sell your home or condo and for all of your real estate needs please contact:

Jeff Nelson
IXL Real Estate – Eastern Shore


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