Ready to Sell? The Interior:

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline


  • Check underside of roof for leaks, stains or dampness
  • Look around chimney for condensation or signs of water
  • Clean and clear ventilation openings if necessary
  • Clean out stored junk

Walls and Ceilings

  • Check condition of paint and wallpaper
  • Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster or wallboard

Windows and Doors

  • Check for smooth operation
  • Replace broken or cracked panes
  • Repair glazing
  • Check condition of weather stripping and caulking
  • Examine paint
  • Test doorbell or chimes
  • Test security system
  • Wash windows and woodwork, if necessary


  • Inspect for creaking boards, loose or missing tiles, worn areas
  • Check baseboards and moldings
  • Test the staircases for loose handrails, posts or treads


  • Check tile joints, grouting and caulking
  • Remove mildew
  • Repair leaking faucets and shower heads
  • Check the condition of painted or papered walls
  • Test operation of toilet


  • Wash all appliances
  • Clean ventilator or exhaust fan
  • Remove accumulation of grease or dust from tiles, walls and floors


  • Remove clutter
  • Check for signs of dampness, cracked walls or damaged floors
  • Inspect structural beams
  • Check pipes for leaks

Electrical System

  • Check exposed wiring and outlets for signs of wear or damage
  • Repair broken switches and outlets
  • Label each circuit or fuse

Plumbing System

  • Check water pressure when taps in bathroom(s) and kitchen are turned on
  • Look for leaks at faucets and sink traps
  • Clear slow-running or clogged drains
  • Bleed air off radiators if needed, and check for leaking valves

Heating and Cooling Systems

  • Change or clean furnace and air-conditioning filters
  • Have equipment serviced, if needed
  • Clear and clean area around heating and cooling equipment
Posted by

Nancy Timberlake


RE/MAX By The Bay

970 Baxter Boulevard

Portland, Maine 04143

207 553-7314 Direct Personal Website

Comments (3)

Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Good Morning Nancy, great list for sellers to work with!

Sep 19, 2010 01:21 AM
Paul Dougherty Associate Real Estate Broker
Howard Hanna / Coach Realtors - Huntington, NY
Trusted, Tested & True. Our Results are Better!

Great Check List for Sellers - thank you!

Sep 19, 2010 01:24 AM
Nancy Timberlake
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portland, ME
REALTOR - Southern Maine

You are welcome, hope it helps!

Sep 19, 2010 01:28 AM