A home seller’s checklist

Almost everyone who puts their home on the market does so with two main goals in mind: To sell fast and to sell high. To do this, you need to get your home in tip-top shape so when a potential buyer walks in, they say, “Yup, this is it,” and their real estate agent tells them they better put an offer in fast.

To get your home to this point, use this high-level “to-do” checklist.

Repairs and touch-ups

Because this will probably be the most time-intensive part of the process, start going through this list of repairs early on. Your list may differ, but be sure that the following are in top shape:

  • Inspect doors and doorknobs.
  • All lights should be working.
  • Update exterior paint.
  • Repaint any interior rooms.
  • Repair any broken blinds.
  • Patch any holes or bumps in walls.
  • Refinish hardwood floors.
  • Replace your shower curtain.


Even if you’re a regular spring cleaner, cleaning in preparation for selling your house is probably the most intensive home cleaning you’ll ever do.

  • Do a deep clean throughout the house.
  • Polish all metal and stainless steel surfaces.
  • Hide or get rid of clutter, knickknacks and all those stray things laying around.


Just like in fine dining, presentation is key. The goal is to make potential buyers think that they could easily make this property into their home.

  • Remember the importance of curb appeal.
  • Plant fresh flowers outside.
  • Clean up the yard, trim the hedges, trees and more.
  • Rearrange your furniture to maximize space.
  • Put away all personal objects (pictures of your family, etc.). This will make the home more inviting.
  • Make sure everything you put in a closet, cabinet or cupboard is neatly organized. Buyers will be taking a peek!
  • Always make your bed.
  • In your bathroom, put everything away except for soap and hand towels.

By the time you're ready for the first seller to come through the door, your home should look like a hotel: clean, tidy, charming and livable. It should not look like you currently live there!

Do this and hopefully you will sell your home to a family who will love it and take care of it like you did.

Whether you need to move in a month or a year, a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® can give you the guidance and insight you need. With years of experience, they know houses and will gladly answer any questions you have.

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