Repair and Cleaning Checklist


  • Give rooms a fresh coat of paint as needed.
  • Repair cracks and holes in ceiling and walls.
  • Make sure all wallpaper is secure.
  • Repaint any woodwork that is worn or chipped.
  • Clean or replace draperies and blinds; open them to maximize light.
  • Make sure draperies and blinds open and close.
  • Wash windows.
  • Steam-clean carpets. Clean rugs and wood flooring, and remove any stains or odors.
  • Position the furniture to showcase the size and space of the room.
  • Remove and replace any attached items, such as chandeliers and draperies, that you wish to move with you.
  • Put away toys and hobby supplies; remove extra magazines and books from tables.


  • Make sure sinks, tubs, showers and countertops are clean and free of stains.
  • Repair any leaky faucets.
  • Remove grout and soap stains from tile.
  • Replace any missing or cracked tiles or grout.
  • Make sure all joints are caulked.
  • Make sure all fixtures, including heat lamps and exhaust fans, are operating.
  • Install a new shower curtain and buy matching towels.
  • Store all supplies, such as toilet paper, shampoo bottles and cleansers.


  • Repair cracks in ceiling and walls.
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint if necessary.
  • Make sure wallpaper is secure.
  • Clean draperies and blinds; open them to maximize light.
  • Put away toys, clothes, and clutter.
  • Neatly make up the beds.


  • Check for water penetration or dampness; call for professional repairs if necessary.
  • Get rid of musty odors.
  • Clean furnace, hot water heater, and drains.
  • Make sure light fixtures work.
  • Arrange storage area in a neat and organized manner.
  • Make sure stairway handrail is secure.


  • Use air fresheners or bake treats to make the house smell good.
  • Plant flowers to brighten a walkway and enrich the entry.
  • Remove any indoor houseplants that are brown or losing their leaves.
  • Discard the clutter of magazines on the coffee and end tables.
  • Tidy and declutter all closets.
  • Hide or get rid of worn-out throw pillows.
  • Store pet supplies.
  • At night, turn on the porch light and outdoor lighting. Buyers often drive by homes they are considering at various times of day.