The Ultimate Seller To-Do Checklist


Whole House: Objectively Evaluate Every Room


  • Rearrange furniture to maximize visual floor space
  • Pack up all knick-knacks and figurines
  • Prune and nurture all house plants
  • Reduce or add house plants to a balanced number.
  • Remove any furniture that you can live without
  • Remove all but a few decorative books from bookshelves
  • Pack away personal family photos to de-personalize the home
  • Reduce the amount of wall art to one or two items per room
  • Add lamps to any dark spaces to brighten the room
  • Avoid using scented candles, sprays, and plug in air fresheners
  • Leave your home smiling fresh and clean with an essential air diffuser


  • Light switch covers
  • Fireplace light bulbs
  • Front door
  • Carpets
  • Blinds
  • Door and doorknobs
  • Interior and exterior paint
  • AC/Heat Vents


  • Walls
  • Blinds
  • Ceiling
  • Baseboards
  • Windows
  • AC/ Intake Vents
  • Ceiling Fan


  • Look at your house objectively from your neighbor’s yard
  • Clean or repaint the front door if needed
  • Repaint the exterior and trim if needed
  • Replace any rotten wood on the exterior
  • Sweep all walkways, patios, porches, and decks
  • Pressure wash any dirty/stained concretes
  • Re-stain deck wood as needed
  • Wash windows, inside and out
  • Use outdoor furniture to show use of space
  • Outdoor drapes, pillows, and those create an inviting retreat


  • Prune bushes and plants to look healthy
  • Do not allow shrubs or plants to block windows
  • Weed all planting areas
  • Put down fresh mulch to restore colour contrast
  • Keep the lawn freshly mowed, edged, and fertilized
  • Remove any dead plants
  • Add a few flowers for a splash of colour if needed


  • Clean and sweep out the garage
  • Keep storage nice and neat
  • Repaint dirty areas
  • Pack anything you can live without


  • Clear and clean all surfaces
  • Display a bottle of hand soap or clean bar of soap
  • Purchase new towels if necessary
  • Coordinate all linens in one of two colours
  • Fold towels in thirds on towel rack
  • Remove all unnecessary items out of shower stalls and tubs
  • Clean or replace ll shower curtains
  • Clean any moldy areas in the showers and baths
  • Replace caulking to make it look new again
  • Take off all cloth toilet lids and keep lids closed
  • Hide garbage cans and cleaning supplies
  • Organize cabinets to be nice an neat


  • Bottom of chandelier should be at min 60” from the floor
  • Keep dining table clear except for one nice centerpiece
  • Remove extra leaves from the table
  • The table should seat 4 to 6 chairs max


  • Put soap and supplies in cupboards
  • Keep all surfaces and sink clean and empty
  • Use high watt bulbs to make it look brighter
  • Remove any and all clothing, dirty or clean
  • Keep floors cleared of clutter and mop regularly


  • Clear all items from kitchen countertops
  • Clean tile grout; bleach if needed
  • Clean the stove, oven, and microwave
  • Clear the refrigerator of magnets, pictures and messages
  • Repair broken or loose corners on Formica countertops
  • Replace burner pans on the stove if worn
  • Keep all mops, brooms, vacuums etc.,. put away
  • Empty the garbage before each showing
  • Remove any pet food and water dishes before showings
  • Organize pantry to look nice and neat
  • Box up an dishes & cooking supplies you can live without
  • Scrub/polish the sink to make it look like new again.


  • Make beds daily
  • Invest in new bedspreads if necessary
  • Clear off Bedside tables, dressers etc.
  • Store daily necessities in drawers or closets
  • Organize closets to be nice and neat
  • Keep closet doors closed
  • Keep all the floors clear and vacuum regularly
  • Remove all wall décor, other than a tasteful piece of art
  • Repair any holes or damage to walls


  • Keep coffee tables clear
  • Remove any ashtrays
  • Keep furniture at a minimum
  • Toys should be stored out of sight
  • Use pillows and throw to soften the space