The Ultimate Home Seller Checklist | 100 Things To Do

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on preparing your home to list for sale! Selling your home can be a significant undertaking, but with the right approach and attention to detail, you can maximize its appeal to potential buyers and achieve the best possible sale price. To help you navigate this process seamlessly, we've curated the ultimate seller checklist designed to streamline every aspect of preparing your home for the market.

The Ultimate Home Seller Checklist

From enhancing curb appeal to staging interiors, decluttering, and addressing necessary repairs, our checklist covers all the essential steps to ensure your home stands out in today's competitive real estate market. Whether you're a first-time seller or a seasoned homeowner, following these guidelines will not only increase your home's marketability but also simplify the selling process, saving you time, effort, and potentially thousands of dollars in the long run. Let's dive in and equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to successfully sell your home.

When it comes to selling your home, there are countless details to consider to ensure a successful sale. To help you stay organized and prepared, we have compiled the ultimate seller checklist of over 100 things to do when preparing your home for sale. By following this comprehensive list, you can increase your home's appeal, attract more potential buyers, and ultimately sell your home quickly and for the best possible price.

But before we get going... if the list seems too daunting to you, feel free to reach out to me and we can work on a personalized list for you to accomplish.

1. Declutter every room
2. Clean out closets and storage spaces
3. Deep clean carpets and floors
4. Wipe down walls and baseboards
5. Repair any cracked or peeling paint
6. Fix leaky faucets
7. Replace any burned-out lightbulbs
8. Clean windows inside and out
9. Trim trees and shrubs
10. Weed and mulch flower beds
11. Power wash exterior siding
12. Touch up exterior paint
13. Repair any damaged siding or roofing
14. Clean out gutters
15. Patch any cracks in the driveway or walkways
16. Remove any old or broken outdoor furniture
17. Stage outdoor living spaces
18. Have the HVAC system serviced and filters replaced
19. Test smoke detectors and replace batteries
20. Inspect and repair any plumbing issues
21. Replace outdated fixtures
22. Clean and organize garage
23. Clear out any clutter in storage spaces
24. Remove personal items from walls and surfaces
25. Repaint any bold or outdated paint colors
26. Update light fixtures
27. Repair or replace any damaged flooring
28. Steam clean carpets
29. Fix any squeaky doors or cabinets
30. Replace outdated cabinet hardware
31. Deep clean kitchen appliances
32. Update kitchen backsplash
33. Replace worn-out countertops
34. Add a fresh coat of paint to kitchen cabinets
35. Declutter countertops
36. Organize pantry
37. Clean and organize bathroom cabinets
38. Update bathroom fixtures
39. Replace shower curtains and bath mats
40. Add fresh towels and accessories to bathrooms
41. Fix any leaky faucets
42. Deep clean tubs and showers
43. Re-caulk tubs and showers
44. Replace outdated vanities
45. Clean and organize laundry room
46. Replace outdated window treatments
47. Create a welcoming entryway
48. Add a fresh coat of paint to the front door
49. Stage living spaces with neutral decor
50. Repair any cracks in walls or ceilings
51. Fix any loose or squeaky floorboards
52. Polish hardwood floors
53. Replace worn-out carpeting
54. Add fresh flowers or plants throughout the home
55. Clean and organize closets
56. Rent a storage unit for excess belongings
57. Remove anything with eyes (family photos displayed and animal heads)
58. Clean and organize outdoor living spaces
59. Stage outdoor living spaces with furniture and decor
60. Make necessary repairs identified in a pre-listing inspection
61. Remove any signs of pets
62. Eliminate any odors
63. Set a competitive price based on market analysis
64. Hire a real estate agent with experience in your area
65. Create a comprehensive marketing plan
66. Clean and organize the shed or storage building
67. Provide detailed information about the home to potential buyers
68. Respond promptly to any inquiries or offers
69. Consider staging your home with professional staging services
70. Keep the home clean and organized during showings
71. Be flexible with scheduling showings
72. Consider offering a home warranty
73. Provide a list of recent updates and improvements
74. Highlight any unique features of the home
75. Consider offering a home inspection to potential buyers
76. Disclose any known issues with the home
77. Respond promptly to requests for repairs or concessions
78. Negotiate offers with the help of your real estate agent
79. Review and sign the closing paperwork
80. Prepare for the final walkthrough with the buyer
81. Clean out the home before closing
82. Clean and organize any outdoor play areas or swing sets
83. Transfer any warranties or service contracts to the new owner
84. Leave instructions for new owners on operating systems and appliances
85. Provide contact information for service providers
86. Leave keys and garage door openers for the new owners
87. Close any open permits or violations
88. Test and replace any faulty electrical outlets or switches
89. Repair any loose or broken stair railings
90. Repair any loose or broken door handles
91. Deep clean and organize the laundry room
92. Organize all linen closets and pack up excess linens.
93. Do a final walkthrough with your real estate agent
94. Update your address with the post office and other service providers
95. Transfer or cancel any subscriptions or services
96. Start planning your move
97. Hire a reputable moving company
98. Pack and organize your belongings
99. Turn off utilities
100. Celebrate the successful sale of your home!
Bonus... 101. Write a testimonial for your real estate agent

Selling your home can be a daunting task, but with the right checklist and preparation, you can navigate the process smoothly and efficiently. From decluttering and staging to marketing and negotiating, each step plays a crucial role in achieving a successful sale. By utilizing the comprehensive checklist provided in this guide, you can stay organized and focused throughout the entire selling journey.

Remember, every home sale is unique, and unexpected challenges may arise along the way. However, with careful planning and attention to detail, you can minimize stress and maximize your chances of achieving your desired outcome. Whether you're a first-time seller or a seasoned homeowner, the Ultimate Home Seller Checklist is your invaluable companion for ensuring a seamless and profitable selling experience. Here's to a successful sale and the exciting new chapter that awaits you!


#1 By Armie Hamner at 2/26/2024 10:20 PM

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