Show and Sell Checklist

If you want to get the best possible price for your house, start by making sure it looks its best, inside and out. The following checklist offers several easy things you can do to improve a buyer's first impression. While all the points may not apply to you, the process will help you develop an eye for the most attractive aspects of your house.

 - Before You Begin Showing -


Repaint siding

Repaint or touch up trim

Repair/repaint gutters and downspouts

Repair/repaint fences

Seal driveway

Remove oil stains from garage floor

Wash all windows

Remove all screens (windows look cleaner)

Trim trees, hedges, shrubs

Weed and feed lawn

Remove all clutter (garden tools, toys, etc.)


Check working order of doorbell and exterior light

Replace welcome mat

Repair/repaint storm door and/or front door

Clear interior entry of all clutter

Clear and clean out front hall closet


Repaint or touch up walls and ceilings

Repair/replace old molding

Shampoo or replace carpet and/or wash and wax floors

Remove excess or unattractive furniture

Clean curtains, shutters, blinds, etc.

Clean fireplace, mantle, shelving

Replace old bedspreads


Repair or replace faucets and fixtures

Repaint or repaper walls

Thoroughly clean range/oven, refrigerator and other appliances

Clear out and clean cabinets, drawers, and medicine chests

Remove clutter from countertops

Clean or replace curtains

Grout tubs and showers

Replace old toilet seats and shower curtains


Replace burned-out light bulbs

Clear cobwebs from corners and doorways

Wash light switches, hand rails, and doorknobs

Clear and clean all closets

Add "welcoming" touches: potted plants, dried flowers, etc.


 - Before Every Showing or Open House -


Pick up tools and toys

Put garbage cans in garage

Close garage door

Park cars on street or around corner


Clear off all counters and table tops

Turn on all lights

Open shades and curtains

Put soft music on stereo

Give the house a pleasant aroma - fresh bread, fire in fireplace, etc.

Set dining room table

Make all beds

Set thermostat at comfortable temperature

House & Community Information

(display in entranceway or another prominent place)

Paid utility bills

Current property tax receipts

Real estate listing sheet

Floor plan (if available)

List of upgrades you've put into the house (and dates, if available)

Map and/or list of community features and points of interest

Warranty information on appliances


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