Tips For Selling Your Home

First impressions count. Prospective buyers will come to your property and go through your home, often with a fine toothed comb. An investment in time and money will often give your home an advantage over other similar listings when showing it to potential buyers. The following is a checklist of tips and comments that will assist you in preparing your home for sale.

General Impressions

  • House exterior is in good repair

First Impressions

  • Clean and tidy entrance
  • Functional doorbell
  • Polished and functional door hardware
  • Fresh air in house – especially after cooking
  • Seasonal:
    • Summer – lawn cut and raked; hedges and shrubs trimmed; garden weeded
    • Fall – leaves raked; walkway, decks and patio swept
    • Winter – clear snow and ice; sand/salt walkways if required

Interior Maintenance

  • repair cracked plaster
  • touch up paint
  • tighten door knobs and cupboard latches
  • clean furnace and humidifier
  • replace light bulbs
  • oil squeaky doors


  • polish mirrors and fixtures
  • repair leaky taps and toilets
  • ensure seals around tubs and basins are in good repair
  • clean the floors
  • empty the garbage
  • put away clutter
  • clean inside of cupboards and cabinets
  • ensure towels are clean and matching


  • polish sinks and taps
  • clean appliances
  • put away small appliances
  • put away clutter
  • clean inside of cupboards and cabinets
  • clear and clean countertops

Creating the Right Atmosphere

  • turn on all lights
  • turn on air conditioner in warm weather
  • turn on fireplace in cool weather
  • ensure closets are neat and tidy
  • clear all halls and stairs of clutter
  • open draped during the day
  • vacuum carpets


  • lock valuables safely away or take with you
  • keep safely out of reach if not put away

For the Showing

  • remove or contain pets during showings
  • try to be out of the home during showing. If this is not possible:
    • let the realtor show the property
    • don’t follow – stay in the background unless asked a question
    • do not offer too much information

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