Sellers Checklist

Ready, Set, Stage!

Use this handy checklist to prepare your home for potential buyers.

1. Plan Ahead

  • Walk through each room and critique the home from a buyer’s perspective. 
  • Hire a contractor to handle any major projects. 
  • Hold a yard sale, sell, donate or trash anything you don’t need.  Or use a professional company to help you clean out your home.

2. Clean, Declutter and Depersonalize

  • Thoroughly clean the entire home. 
  • Scrub the tile in the kitchen and bathrooms. 
  • Clean hardwood floors. 
  • Steam clean carpets and drapes. Consider replacing the carpet, if stains are prominent. 
  • Get rid of dust bunnies. 
  • Repair cracks and holes in walls. 
  • Paint interior walls with neutral colours. 
  • Remove excess and oversized furniture. 
  • Rearrange furniture to maximize space. 
  • Organize room closets and store out-of-season clothes. 
  • Remove all small appliances, toys, magazines and pet items. 
  • Remove family photos, personal collections and medications.

3. Show off Your Home’s Best Features

  • Remove rugs to show off hardwood floors.
  • Pull-back drapes allow natural light in and showcase nice views.
  • Stage the front porch or deck with furniture and potted plants. 
  • Make sure fireplaces are in working condition. 
  • Clean the backyard.

4. Pay Attention to Kitchens and Bathrooms

  • Mop and wax/polish the floors.
  • Clear all countertops.
  • Replace outdated hardware.
  • Clean appliances and fixtures. 
  • Replace old caulking around sinks and bathtubs. 
  • Remove stains from sinks, toilets and bathtubs. 
  • Keep all toilet seats closed.
  • Hang fresh towels.

5. Appeal to the Senses

  • Bake cookies or burn scented candles. 
  • Install higher wattage light bulbs to brighten rooms.
  • Turn on all the lights.
  • Open the windows to let in the fresh air. 
  • Refrain from smoking in the home.

6. Maximize Curb Appeal

  • Paint the home’s exterior, including trim, doors and shutters. 
  • Check the front door, doorbell, address number and welcome mat.
  • Power wash siding and windows.
  • Sweep entryway and sidewalks.
  • Mow, water and fertilize the lawn.
  • Trim shrubs and trees and rake the leaves.
  • Plant colourful flowers and shrubs.
  • Store toys and equipment lying in the yard.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts.

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