When it comes time to sell your home, there is so much to do. Here's a checklist to help you get started with your preparations!
Ensure that the siding is in good condition.
Ensure that the roof is in good condition.
Clean gutters and downspouts. Ensure that all drainage is directed away from the house.
Improve curb appeal by ensuring that the yard, trees, exterior structures are in good condition.
Trim any overgrown shrubs or trees, especially if touching the house or overhanging the roof.
Remove any debris from the foundation or yard.
Consider power washing siding, driveway, or walkways.
Verify that all railings and stairs are secure.
Ensure that there are no leaks from the septic tank and no evidence of standing water.
Ensure good condition of paint (no flaking or stains). Consider paint touch-ups as needed.
Verify that structural soundness (i.e. sides of house appear straight, square windows/doors, etc.).
Contact local service provider to discontinue boat removal & winterization.
Ensure that the stairs, pier, boat lift, and shoreline are in condition.
Ensure that all utilities are on (i.e. water, electric, gas).
Make all necessary repairs.
Replace all burned out lightbulbs.
Clean and dust everywhere – baseboard trim, corners of ceilings, windows, appliances, etc.
Clean all windows to maximize the view the lake.
Organize, declutter, depersonalize, and ensure that all parts of your home are easily accessible.
Replace and/or repair any broken windows or screens.
Ensure that all windows and doors function properly.
Test all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Check that the attic is in good condition (i.e. no stains, no decay, & sufficient insultation/ventilation).
Have your carpets professionally cleaned.
Neutralize all odors and smells.
Ensure that all stairs and handrails are in good condition.
Verify that the automatic garage door works properly.
Have keys available to unlock all doors, garages, or exterior structures.
Heating & Ventilation
Clear space around your furnace, air conditioner, and water heater for inspection.
Check that the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) are functioning properly.
Replace the air filter on your HVAC.
Ensure that visible insultation is adequate and properly installed.
Clean fireplace. Check doors and flue as well.
Ensure that air ducts are in good condition.
Check the condition of the water heater and water pump.
Check water pressure and ensure that it is sufficient.
Evaluate all visible pipes to ensure no damage, leaks, etc.
Test everything – flush the toilet, run the sink, drain the tub, etc.
Verify that the home is free of plumbing issues/leaks.
Verify that the well water test is acceptable.
Ensure that the electrical panel is clearly labeled.
Verify that all lights and switches operate properly.
Verify that all fans, especially the kitchen exhaust fan, is working properly.
Check that the dishwasher and all included appliances are working properly.
Ensure adequate number of electrical outlets in each room.