This home seller's checklist will help you gain a clearer knowledge of your home's overall
condition. Upon completion of the checklist, you will be able to make reasonably sound
decisions regarding repairs and improvements that may increase your home's marketability. It will also give you peace of mind of its overall condition. The biggest challenge will be being honest with yourself.
Foundation, basement, and/or crawl space
● Gaps or openings that may allow insect or water penetration
● Wood /earth contact (potential rot or insect infestation) Central heating and air conditioning systems
● Are these systems in working order?
● When was the last time they were serviced?
● How old are they and are they near the expected lifespan?
● Are all the outlets and switches working?
● Do all the outlets and switches have face plates?
● Make sure that there is access to he electrical panel (do not attempt to do any
modifications or repairs to an electrical panel unless you are a qualified professional)
● Replace all burnt out light bulbs
● Check all GFCI outlets (outside and in the bathrooms) to make sure that they trip
● Look for any leaking pipes, sinks, taps
● Make sure that all sinks have “P” traps
● How old is the hot water tank? Is it due for replacement?
● Make sure that your toilets are in good working order
● Are there waste vents coming through the roof or are they venting into the attic?
The maintenance improvements listed below are relatively easy and inexpensive to make, yet they can substantially improve a home's appearance, efficiency and comfort.
● Trim trees and shrubs which touch or overhang the house.
● Apply new caulking and weatherstripping as needed around windows and doors.
● Clean gutters of debris and leaves, repair or replace cracked or broken gutters,
downspouts and extensions to ensure proper drainage
● Replace bathroom caulk or grout where necessary to prevent seepage and improve
● Ventilate closed basements and crawl spaces, or install a dehumidifier to prevent
● Regrade soil around the house to prevent ponding of water next to the foundation
● Replace dirty filters in the heating and ventilating systems
● Have the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems professionally serviced
● Have chimneys professionally cleaned & inspected, and install chimney hoods and caps
as required. For wood-burning installations insist on a WETT Certified Technician.
● Tighten loose door knobs
● Replace damaged screens
● Replace broken panes of glass - cloudy sealed-pane units can often be replaced
inexpensively, and will drastically improve the appearance of a window or patio door.
● Replace burned-out light bulbs, and wherever possible, replace broken light fixtures
● Secure loose railings
● Patch small holes in walls and ceilings and repaint
● Repair or replace faded or peeling wallpaper
● Repair and coat the driveway
Pay attention to items relating to protecting the home and its occupants from danger. The
following are important safety precaution which home buyers will appreciate, are relatively easy to implement and shouldn't cost a lot. And they'll create a great impression!
● Installing good quality smoke detectors
● Installing a good quality carbon-monoxide detector
● Ensure adequate outdoor lighting, especially in suburban and rural locales
● 'GFCI' outlets outdoors and in wet locations such a bath & laundry areas.
● Keep the stairwells tidy and free of debris and obstructions, and leave plenty of
clearance around the garage door, electrical panel and furnace.
● Keep flammables and combustibles away from the furnace and other utility areas.
● Check the 'down' tension on garage door openers, and ensure that the door reverses
● If you have direct entry from the garage to the interior of the home, consider installing a
hydraulic or other form of auto-closure device on the door.
● Keep the lawn mowed and the house 'picked-up'
● Clean the exterior walls & trim, and wash the windows squeeky clean.
● Open the shades and curtains to create a bright, inviting atmosphere.
● Pay particular attention to the cleanliness and comfort of the kitchen and bathrooms.
Prepare for the buyer's inspection
More and more purchasers are requesting pre-purchase inspections. It's a good idea to
assemble in advance, the various house records that can be used to answer questions from the purchaser and their inspector.
You should try to have on hand:
● Appliance receipts, service records and warranties
● Information on the age of major components such as the roof coverings, furnace, airconditioner, etc.
● Major component warranties (e.g. roofing, siding, windows, carpeting furnace and other
● Heating, water and electric bills from at least the past 12 months
How did your house make out?
Hopefully, this home seller's checklist has helped you gain a clearer knowledge of your home's overall condition - from a buyer's perspective. Now you can make repairs or improvements which will increase your home's marketability.
Make sure your house is in good condition will help you sell your house quick for top dollars. We offer our seller client pre-listing professional home inspection package, Please contact us for detail before you decide to sell.