Is Your Home Market Ready?

Is Your Home Market Ready?

To maximize the return on your home investment, it's crucial to present your property in its best light. Follow this comprehensive checklist to ensure your home is market-ready and leaves a lasting impression on potential buyers:

Inside Your Home

Floor Coverings

  • Check for dirt, stains, and excessive wear on carpets, tiles, linoleum, or hardwood.
  • Ensure area rugs are clean and free of stains.

Walls and Ceilings

  • Inspect for dirt, stains, nail holes, cracks, or water damage.
  • Consider repainting with neutral, light colors to create a spacious feel.


  • Clean surfaces, ensure smooth operation, and secure latches/handles.


  • Clean glass and frames, ensure smooth operation of windows and screens. Do you have any cracks? Consideder replacing those windows before listing.

Window Coverings

  • Clean and inspect curtains, drapes, or blinds for wear or sun damage. Are all mechanics working properly?


  • Ensure all bulbs are working, and fixtures are clean and in good condition. It is a good idea to change any bulbs that don't match so that all your lighting is the same throughout your house. 

Pet Areas

  • Keep pet areas clean, organized, and odor-free. 

Entryways and Hallways

  • Clear clutter, keep welcome mats clean and inviting.

Closets and Storage Areas

  • Organize and declutter, neatly arrange clothes and shoes.


  • Clean countertops, appliances, sinks, and cabinets thoroughly.
  • Ensure all appliances are in good working condition.
  • Ensure your cupboards are organized and clean.
  • Do you need to defrost your freezer and clean the inside of your fridge?

Living Areas

  • Vacuum and dust thoroughly, remove excess furniture for a spacious feel.
  • Keep furniture clean and in good repair, declutter shelves and storage spaces.


  • Clean and sanitize all surfaces, including sinks, tubs, showers, and toilets.
  • Keep towels clean and neatly hung, organize toiletries and personal items.

Basement, Garage, Attic

  • Declutter and organize, ensure all areas are clean and well-maintained.

Outside Your Home


  • Clean exterior surfaces, ensure the front door is inviting and well-maintained.
  • Check eavestroughs, downspouts, gates, fences, and decks for damage.

Yard and Environment

  • Keep driveways, sidewalks, and lawns clear and well-maintained.
  • Prune trees, trim hedges, weed flower beds, and remove dead plants.
  • Organize outdoor furniture, store toys and equipment neatly.

By meticulously addressing each item on this checklist, you'll create an inviting and appealing environment that resonates with potential buyers. Remember, a well-presented home not only enhances its market value but also increases its desirability in today's competitive real estate landscape.


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