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Home Seller Checklist

Updated: Apr 27, 2020

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!

Home’s Exterior

  • 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.

Home’s Interior

  • 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.

Home’s Interior

  • 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.


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