Prepare Your Home to Sell.
After you’ve made basic repairs, the task of selling your home boils down to making the house as clean, clutter-free, and inviting as possible. Go through this checklist at least every other day to make sure that your home is tidy.
Clean doors and windows – Sweep sidewalk – Polish doorknob – Shake out doormat – Water container flowers (replace if necessary) – Clean doors and windows – Keep the lawn and landscaping trimmed.
Clean doors and windows – Mop floor, shake out rug, vacuum carpeting – Water container flowers or plants – Dust shelves or entry table – Tidy up closet
Living room & Family room
Stow away newspapers, magazines, books, games, toys, and videos – Straighten out coffee table, bookshelves, and other areas – Mop floor or vacuum rugs – Vacuum upholstered furniture; wipe down leather or vinyl – Dust surfaces (including TV screen) – Sweep fireplace – Wipe down ceiling fan blades
Mop or vacuum floor – Clean appliances – Wipe counter tops, cabinets – Clean sink – Stow away kitchen sponge and dish towels – Open windows or run fan to remove cooking odors
Wipe wet shower stalls and bathtubs – Mop floors – Put out fresh towels – Empty wastebaskets – Clean sinks, mirrors and faucets – Stow away laundry
Make beds – Mop floors or vacuum rugs – Stow away shoes, laundry, clothes, books or toys – Open curtains or shades – Tidy up closet
Straighten out desk and bookshelves – Stow away files – Mop floor or vacuum rugs – Dust surfaces, including computer screen – Polish cabinets and woodwork
Clear clutter blocking access to furnace, electrical box or laundry room – Sweep stairs.