You can significantly influence the selling price of your property by preparing before putting it on the market. Here are some suggestions to improve a buyer’s first impression of your home. Print this out and use it as a reference.


  • Remove clutter
  •  Remove cobwebs from ceilings and corners
  •  Remove paint splash on floor and cabinets
  •  Clean and polish door hardware and handrails
  •  Clean wall switches and outlet covers
  •  Clean and tidy basement and attic storage
  •  Add plants and flowers throughout the house

House Exterior

  •  Sealed driveway
  •  Weed-free driveway and walkways
  •  Healthy, weed-free, and trimmed lawn
  •  Trees and shrubs trimmed
  •  Wash front steps and porch
  •  Check front doorbell and bell light
  •  Clean or replace welcome mat
  •  Repair and repaint fences and gates
  •  Clean gutters and downspouts
  •  Clean or repaint siding
  •  Wash windows and screens
  •  Clean shutters

Living, Family, Dining Rooms

  •  Repaint or touch up walls, ceiling and trim
  •  Repair or replace damaged molding
  •  Clean and wax hardwood and vinyl floors
  •  Shampoo carpet


  •  Repaint or touch up walls, ceiling and trim
  •  Clean drapes and bedspread
  •  Shampoo carpet
  •  Clean out all closets
  •  Clear all bedroom furniture
  •  Put away all clothing


  •  Paint using light colors
  •  Scrub tile, bleach, and repair grout
  •  Check to see that drawers/doors open easily
  •  Clean floor
  •  Clean out medicine cabinet
  •  Seal around tubs and showers
  •  Replace old toilet seats
  •  Replace shower window curtains
  •  Put out a set of color coordinated bath linens


  •  Paint or wallpaper walls and ceiling with light color
  •  Clean floor
  •  Clean cabinets and appliances
  •  Clean out refrigerator and wash interior
  •  Empty dishwasher and clean around controls
  •  Check operation of all appliances
  •  Arrange and clean food storage areas
  •  Clean out cabinets and drawers
  •  Neatly display dishes in cabinets
  •  Clear clutter from counter tops
  •  Check to see that drawers/doors open easily
  •  Wash or replace curtains


  •  Check operation of appliances
  •  Clean all appliances
  •  Clean and organize laundry area
  •  Provide adequate light to area


  •  Check operation of wall sockets
  •  Remove oil and grease from floor
  •  Clean and organize storage
  •  Maintain noisy garage door opener