Get Your Home Ready to Sell in 30 Days!

Real Estate Agent with Pine Knoll Shores Realty NCRE# 242843


Get Your Home Ready to Sell in 30 Days!

If you are like me, you are busy, busy, busy!  There are many chores that I "ignore" when time is short, but if I were planning to sell my home, I'd need to tackle them and make my house sparkle!

If you are considering selling your home, go ahead and start working on the list below.  In just 30 days, your home will SHINE!  Don't forget to continue with your everyday chores too!  You will want your home to be "Show Ready" 24/7! 

1. Clean the ceiling fan blades (all of them).

2. Use a damp cloth and wipe down all baseboards.  I have heard that following with a fabric softener helps reduce dust build up in the future, but have never tried it myself.

3. Clean out the refrigerator!  Be brutal and throw away all those condiments that you can't even remember buying or using! Don't forget to wipe down the outside too, dust the top and if you don't have it on your regular maintenance list.... Vacuum the coils!

4. Clean out the cabinets and drawers in the kitchen.  Follow by wiping down the doors and pulls.

5. Pressure Wash the drive and walkways. Clean the siding if necessary, being careful with wood or painted surfaces to avoid chipping or splintering. 

6. Pull weeds from gardens, and plant a few colorful flowers near front door.  

7. Repair any nail holes or damage to walls and touch up the paint.  

8. Wipe down all door knobs and other hardware and polish if necessary.

9. Clean every window.... Inside & out!

10. Clean and organize bathroom cabinets and drawers.

11. Purge the pantry and clean, organize and show potential buyers just how much space is there!

12. Tackle the "honey do" list and fix all those small repairs.  You know the ones, the loose door pull, the leaning mailbox, the creaky door hinge, etc.

13. Replace burnt out light bulbs and clean the fixtures while you're at it.

14. As annoying as it is..... clean the grout of your tile floors (and any other tiled surface).

15. Clean the microwave and the oven!

16. Take down curtains and drapes, clean them, and decide whether or not they should be re-hung!  Natural light can be a BIG selling point!

17. Purge and de-clutter!  If you just can't bring yourself to dispose of ANYTHING.... box it up and store it!

18. Clean and organize your closets!  If you haven't worn it in 2 years, chances are, you will never wear it!  Get rid of it by donating to a great cause in your area.  Then, organize by length and color and it will look amazing!  Box up your out of season shoes and clothing and show those buyers just how "roomy" that closet is!

19. Dust!  And I mean EVERYTHING!  The lamps, the picture frames, the ugly artificial plants & flowers.... EVERYTHING!

20. Vacuum every inch of every room.  Under the beds, the sofas, behind the bookshelves, the corners of the ceiling, the air vents (and change the air filters)..... EVERY INCH!

21. Clean the garage.  Take everything out (I know it's a big job), sweep, pressure wash the floors, repaint the floor if needed & possible, and then organize as you put the items back.  Again, I want you to purge!  Do you really need that broken leaf blower or those empty paint cans?  Just do it.... It will feel Great!

22. If you store things in the attic or basement, you will need to clean and purge those areas too!  Yep, buyers will look in your attic and if they choose to buy the home, a home inspector will appreciate clean and easy access!

23. Clean every sink, tub and  toilet and re-caulk if needed.

24. Sweep and clean the patio or deck!  If needed, clean any outdoor furniture.  Add a couple of new cushions to the outdoor living area or maybe a few potted plants.

25.  Clean the gutters, and the roof.  Huge piles of pine straw or leaves scream "High Maintenance".  If you do not feel comfortable, hire someone to tackle the roof for you..... It can be a dangerous job!

26. Wash all of your throw rugs, bedding, pillow covers, blankets, etc.  It will help the home smell and look "fresh".

27. Clean the yard!  Remove any fallen limbs or trash.  Trim shrubs and branches from walkways and keep a clean path around the home.  Keep the lawn mowed and raked and looking fabulous.  Remember, first impressions are important!

28. I know you live in the home, but  try to make it a little less "personal".   If you have hundreds of family photos hanging around (I have them too), pack some up.  The doll collection that has taken over the guest room, box that up too.  By de-personalizing the home, buyers find it easier to imagine the house with their "stuff" in it. 

29. Buy a laundry basket or bin for each family member and place in the laundry room or a closet for everyday pickup.  When your REALTOR® calls you to schedule a showing, each family member grabs their basket/bin and runs around filling it with items that need to be put away.  Then deliver the items to where they belong.  

30. On this day, I want you to rest!  Call your REALTOR®, let them know you want to sell your home and schedule a meeting.  Tell them to go ahead and bring their camera, because the house is READY! 


Re-Blogged 41 times:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
  1. Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC 08/13/2012 09:51 PM
  2. Debbie Gartner 08/13/2012 10:07 PM
  3. Melissa Stahl 08/13/2012 10:19 PM
  4. Scott Godzyk 08/13/2012 10:50 PM
  5. Paula Bradfield 08/13/2012 10:59 PM
  6. Sharon Alters 08/14/2012 01:01 AM
  7. Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, 08/14/2012 07:50 AM
  8. Karen Feltman 08/14/2012 01:31 PM
  9. Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl 08/14/2012 09:46 PM
  10. Anne Lok 08/14/2012 10:28 PM
  11. Chuck Carstensen 08/14/2012 10:47 PM
  12. Linda Just 08/14/2012 11:49 PM
  13. Tara Stone 08/15/2012 12:19 AM
  14. Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA 08/15/2012 12:37 AM
  15. Randal Jenkins 08/15/2012 12:49 AM
  16. Pamela Stangler 08/15/2012 01:08 AM
  17. Nancy Lohman 08/15/2012 01:13 AM
  18. Renee Frank 08/15/2012 01:29 AM
  19. Marte Cliff 08/15/2012 02:00 AM
  20. Caroline Fitzgerald - 08/15/2012 02:06 AM
  21. Heather Littrell 08/15/2012 02:10 AM
  22. Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging 08/15/2012 02:43 AM
  23. Larry Lawfer 08/15/2012 02:58 AM
  24. Monique McIntyre 08/15/2012 03:34 AM
  25. Athina Boukas 08/15/2012 04:46 AM
  26. Rocky Dole 08/15/2012 06:17 AM
  27. Carol Gilles 08/15/2012 06:34 AM
  28. Debbe Perry 08/15/2012 09:53 AM
  29. Deborah Bracco 08/15/2012 11:39 PM
  30. Carla Freund 08/16/2012 08:03 PM
  31. Gabe Sanders 08/19/2012 09:05 PM
  32. Bob Crane 08/20/2012 08:00 PM
  33. Bobbie Pothier 08/22/2012 07:56 AM
  34. TERRY DRISCOLL 08/24/2012 06:47 AM
  35. Robert Haynes 08/31/2012 11:49 AM
  36. John McCormack 09/09/2012 10:17 AM
  37. Tiffany Sniezek 09/09/2012 11:53 AM
  38. Lynn B. Friedman 09/09/2012 12:04 PM
  39. Charles Stallions Property Manager 09/25/2012 02:24 PM
  40. Joni Bailey 10/05/2012 08:47 AM
  41. Winston Heverly 01/04/2013 11:43 AM
  42. Sharon Parisi 08/01/2013 02:39 AM
Home Selling
selling your home
show ready home
30 days to a clean home

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Tamara Schuster
Naperville Glen Ellyn Lisle Plainfield Wheaton Illinois - Naperville, IL
Realtor Broker - Naperville

This is great I love number 29 as it i sso important.

Aug 15, 2012 02:52 PM #104
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

LOL, you and my wife are on the same thinking level, this is what my honey do list looks like, ha ha ha.

Great post thanks

Aug 15, 2012 08:27 PM #105
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Amy, I love this list. If they work on one item each day, they'll be ready.

Both my kids are off to college. My husband and I (primarily my husband) is cleaning all the spaces that have been neglected over the last five years. He's already cleaned and organized the laundry room, kitchen cabinets and drawers, and pantry. After my son leaves for school on Saturday, we will be cleaning every inch of his bathroom and bedroom and then move to his sister's room. We are even going to paint. We don't plan on selling soon but just wanted to have the house in tip-top shape as we move into the empty-nester years.

Aug 16, 2012 04:24 AM #106
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Apex, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Amy - Great List! Very Extensive! I had not heard laundry softener sheets helps reduce dust on your baseboards. I'll need to try it out on a test section to see if there is a difference. I do swiffer my baseboards before washing to remove dust. We tend to have a lot of dust during winter due to fireplaces.

Great post!

Aug 16, 2012 07:56 PM #107
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

Thanks for more comments and for more great ideas to add to the already long list ;-)  

A Sparkling home really does make a difference when selling or not selling.  In fact, My seven year old is hangin' with Jamma this weekend, so My hubby (he may leave me for this) and I will be tackling our own list this weekend and conquer several things we have neglected over the past few months!  My main goal is to fit 2 cars in my oversized 2 car garage again!  

Hope you all have a wonderful Friday!

Aug 16, 2012 08:10 PM #108
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Well done.  Thanks for sharing your list.

Have a great day and a very special weekend.

Aug 16, 2012 09:55 PM #109
John DL Arendsen
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor

I love the toss the condiments suggestion. I just did that recently in our primary residence as we've been spending very little time there this year. When I realized that many if not most of them were rancid and/or molding.

YUK! CLEAN & PURGE, CLEAN & PURGE, CLEAN & PURGE. You can't emphasise that enough. Lot's of really good commonsense points here and how easy it is to overlook them.

Aug 17, 2012 12:13 AM #110
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent and very comprehensive list, Amy!  I'm exhausted just reading it!  Well worth all the effort for anyone considering selling!  

Aug 17, 2012 12:26 PM #111
REALTOR - Buy or Sell in Any Season!

Amy, thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to write this blog.  I am re-blogging right now.  Sellers ask all the time what they can do to make their home show better.  I tell them to de-clutter and clean until it sparkles - pretty general stuff, but you got down to the nitty-gritty here, and made it all very orderly. 

Aug 24, 2012 06:46 AM #112
Robert Haynes
Robert Haynes & Associates - Fishers, IN

Amy, this is fantastic.  A great step by step guide for a seller to get the house ready to sell!

Aug 31, 2012 11:43 AM #113
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Amy: What a great list. I just saw this blog reblogged on Robert Haynes'.

Aug 31, 2012 11:58 AM #114
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Amy - this is a very comprehensive list.  I am going to include this in my  listing presentation package.  It is a great roadmap to getting a home ready to put on the market.

Aug 31, 2012 12:15 PM #115
Tiffany Sniezek
RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring, TX 713-594-9639 direct, - The Woodlands, TX
Tiffany Sniezek 713-594-9639 RE/MAX Woodlands TX
Great list of things that anyone especially sellers can do for their house. Thanks for putting it all together. I am also going to reblog it....thenim going to start cleaning!
Sep 09, 2012 11:50 AM #116
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Hi Amy,

Saw your post on John McCormick's reblog.  What a great job with this list!

Thanks for sharing!!!

Sep 09, 2012 04:23 PM #117
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

I saw the reblog in a couple of places Amy. I had to comment here, this is a great list of often overlooked items by those looking to get the maximum sales price.

Sep 09, 2012 05:12 PM #118
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Amy:  This is a great list!  I just went through this myself and also had to paint two bedrooms.  One was forest green, and the other one was dirty white!  

Sep 10, 2012 02:05 PM #119
Charles Stallions Property Manager
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pace, FL
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management

Well deserved and a great post thanks for sharing loaded with information and helpful tips

Sep 25, 2012 02:22 PM #120
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Amy,

I bet there are a lot of folks out there that would need more than a day to complete some of the items on your checklist...this could easily stretch to more than a 30 day achievement!

Jan 04, 2013 11:53 AM #121
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Amy, whew!  That is quite a list you've got there.  I'm exhausted just reading it.  And of course, it's all necessary if you want your house to sell.

Mar 30, 2013 06:48 AM #122
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Amy, ever item on this list is an important task for Sellers.

Aug 01, 2013 02:17 AM #123
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Amy Hahn

Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC
Ask me a question
Spam prevention

Additional Information