Listing that Property: Seller's Guide

Real Estate Agent with Carrington Real Estate Services 225-179078

Sellers can significantly influence the selling price of your property by preparing before putting it on the market. Here are some suggestions to improve a buyer's first impression of your home. Print this out and use it as a reference.


  • Remove clutter
  • Remove cobwebs from ceilings and corners
  • Remove paint splash on floor and cabinets
  • Clean and polish door hardware and handrails
  • Clean wall switches and outlet covers
  • Clean and tidy basement and attic storage
  • Add plants and flowers throughout the house


Listing with

House Exterior

  • Sealed driveway
  • Weed-free driveway and walkways
  • Healthy, weed-free, and trimmed lawn
  • Trees and shrubs trimmed
  • Wash front steps and porch
  • Check front doorbell and bell light
  • Clean or replace welcome mat
  • Repair and repaint fences and gates
  • Clean gutters and downspouts
  • Clean or repaint siding
  • Wash windows and screens
  • Clean shutters


Homes at

Living, Family, Dining Rooms

  • Repaint or touch up walls, ceiling and trim
  • Repair or replace damaged moulding
  • Clean and wax hardwood and vinyl floors
  • Shampoo carpet


  • Repaint or touch up walls, ceiling and trim
  • Clean drapes and bedspread
  • Shampoo carpet
  • Clean out all closets
  • Clear all bedroom furniture
  • Put away all clothing


Buyers help at


  • Paint or wallpaper using light colors
  • Scrub tile, bleach, and repair grout
  • Check to see that drawers/doors open easily
  • Clean floor
  • Clean out medicine cabinet
  • Seal around tubs and showers
  • Replace old toilet seats
  • Replace shower window curtains
  • Put out a set of color coordinated bath linens


  • Paint walls and ceiling with light color
  • Clean floor
  • Clean cabinets and appliances
  • Clean out refrigerator and wash interior
  • Empty dishwasher and clean around controls
  • Check operation of all appliances
  • Arrange and clean food storage areas
  • Clean out cabinets and drawers
  • Neatly display dishes in cabinets
  • Clear clutter from counter tops
  • Check to see that drawers/doors open easily
  • Wash or replace curtains


  • Check operation of appliances
  • Clean all appliances
  • Clean and organize laundry area
  • Provide adequate light to area


Sell with


  • Check operation of wall sockets
  • Remove oil and grease from floor
  • Clean and organize storage
  • Maintain noisy garage door opener



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Marzena Melby
Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty - Richfield, MN
Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate

Excellent list, Freddy!

Aug 05, 2008 08:47 AM #1
Lisa Friedman
Alliance Realtors - Bedminster, NJ
Central New Jersey Real Estate

Freddy - very comprehensive list!  I like that you have about cleaning around control knobs on dishwashers - I notice that is something that rarely anyone does.  You know someone is a clean person when they do that!

Aug 05, 2008 08:48 AM #2
Karl Nettgen
Century 21 Agate Realty - Gold Beach, OR

And above all...try not to be present for agents when showing!

Aug 05, 2008 08:52 AM #3
Gail MacMillan
Titusville, FL

Hi Freddy - First let me say welcome to Active Rain.  To help get you started I've added you as an associate.  You've put a great list together, and I love your spirit of giving.  Thanks for sharing.  Feel free to call me if I can help you along.

p.s.  Don't forget to visit other people's blogs and leave comments for them as well.  You earn your points, but more important you start building your network.  Also you can place your post in 5 groups.  You might try joining a few more groups and add your post to them.  Such as Localism, Local Expert, Market Reports.  Look around, see what groups others are posting to.  It takes a while, but you'll have fun :-)

Aug 05, 2008 08:52 AM #4
David M. Childress
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Akron, OH
I would love to be your RealtorĀ® in Akron Ohio!

Very good list.....I am going to pass this around the office for good luck! Thank you.

Aug 05, 2008 08:59 AM #5
Freddy Solis
Carrington Real Estate Services - Fairfax, VA
Your Real Estate Coach

I will be joining other groups soon. Thanks Gail for adding me to your associations list.

Aug 05, 2008 09:26 AM #6
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist


I like your creative way of presenting what Sellers need to do to get their house ready to list.


Aug 05, 2008 09:29 AM #7
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Gret list to provide to sellers, but only if they decide to list with you, ha.

Aug 06, 2008 08:36 AM #8
Freddy Solis
Carrington Real Estate Services - Fairfax, VA
Your Real Estate Coach

This list is provided to anyone who is selling or just getting the house ready to sell. My contribution to the real estate market not just my clients.

Sep 24, 2008 06:15 AM #9
Eunice Waller
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Simpson Realtors - Locust Grove, VA
Working Together, We Can Do Great Things

Nice list Freddy.  Wouldn't it be great if all homes has all these things done before they went on the market?

Sep 24, 2008 10:11 PM #10
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