Preparing Your Townhome for Sale

Repair and Cleaning Checklist


  • Remove peeling and chipped paint; replace with a fresh coat.
  • Fix loose trim and fencing.
  • Clear gutters and downspouts
  • Make sure there is good exterior lighting and all walkway lights and front-door lanterns work.
  • Clean and repair the roof as needed.
  • Clear garage of clutter and tidy shelves.
  • Inspect chimney for cracks and earthquake damage.


  • Mow and trim grass; re-seed and fertilize where necessary.
  • Prune all overgrown trees and shrubs.
  • Weed flower beds. Remove or replace dead or diseased plants, shrubs and trees.
  • Clean grease and oil stains from driveway.


  • Paint or stain worn areas in wood decks.
  • Remove grass growing in concrete cracks; sweep off debris from shrubs and trees.
  • Clean all deck rails and make sure they’re secure; replace missing slats or posts.
  • Clean outdoor furniture.


  • Polish or replace the hardware on the door so it shines.
  • Add a fresh coat of paint to get rid of nicks.
  • Clean the glass on the storm door; make certain the screen is secure.
  • Make sure the doorbell operates properly and there are no squeaks when the door opens and closes.


  • Clean all windows—inside and out.
  • If needed, add a fresh coat of paint to the window trims and sills.
  • Make sure all windows open and close easily.
  • Replace cracked windowpanes and those with broken seals.
  • Make sure window screens are clean and secure; replace any screens with holes or tears.


  • Clean entryway floors and area rugs.
  • Downsize clutter in the entry and entry closet to give the appearance of spaciousness.
  • Double-check entry lighting to make sure it works.


  • Clean all floors, carpets, walls and trim.
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.
  • Empty trash.
  • Remove family photos, valuables, and prescription drugs.


  • Make sure countertops, grout, and sinks are clean and stain-free. Replace grout as needed.
  • Fix dripping faucets.
  • Organize pantry and cupboards so they appear clean, neat and spacious.
  • Make sure the refrigerator and freezer are defrosted and free of odors.
  • Clean the oven and cook-top thoroughly.
  • Set the table