The Ultimate Home Seller's To-Do Checklist & Infographic

Posted by Shari Fortune on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 at 7:30am. 174,342 Views

The Ultimate Home Sellers To Do Checklist Infographic

 You can CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF checklist of this information.

Click Here To Pin This List PinterestGetting your house ready to put on the market can seem like an overwhelming task. Simplify the job by tackling one room at a time, with this handy checklist.

If you are short on time, it's especially important to remember to prioritize this list. Cleaning, packing up & de-cluttering should be your top priority. You want to make your home look as new as possible if you want to get the most out of your sale, in the least amount of time. Consult with your REALTOR early on in the process for the best results.

 WHOLE HOUSE: Objectively Evaluate Every Room!

Home buyers are going to be much more critical of your home than they are of their own. Most people don't dust their house top to bottom weekly, but they will notice if yours isn't.   When your home is on the market, it needs to stay in show condition- what you would expect of a new Model home. 

Opening up floor space by removing excess furniture, de-personalizing, and de-cluttering invite prospective home buyers to imagine themselves in your home. They will feel welcomed and relaxed; hopefully imagining where they might put their things! We always tell our sellers: once your home is on the market, it's no longer your home. 


  • Light Switch Covers
  • Fireplace
  • Light Bulbs
  • Front door
  • Carpets
  • Blinds
  • Doors and Door Knobs
  • Interior & Exterior Paint
  • AC/Heater vents


  • Walls
  • Blinds
  • Ceilings
  • Baseboards
  • Windows
  • A/C Intake Vents
  • Ceiling Fans

Make It Inviting IconMAKE IT INVITING:

  • Rearrange furniture to maximize visual floor space
  • Pack up all knick-knacks and figurines
  • Prune and nurture all house plants
  • Reduce or add house plants to a balanced number
  • Remove any furniture that you can live without
  • Remove all but a few decorative books from bookshelves
  • Pack away personal family photos to de-personalize the home
  • Reduce the amount of wall art to one or two items per room
  • Add lamps to any dark spaces to brighten the room
  • Avoid using Scented candles, sprays, and plug-in air fresheners
  • Leave your home smelling fresh and clean with an essential oil diffuser


  • Keep coffee tables clear
  • Remove any ashtrays
  • Keep furniture at a minimum
  • Any toys should be stored out of sight
  • Use pillows and throws to soften the space

Dining Room IconDINING ROOMS:

  • Bottom of Chandelier should be at min. 60” from the floor
  • Keep dining table clear except for one nice centerpiece
  • Remove extra chairs from the table and dining room
  • Remove extra leaves from the table
  • The table should seat 4 to 6 chairs max.

Kitchen IconKITCHEN:

  • Clear all items from kitchen countertops
  • Clean tile grout; bleach if needed
  • Clean the stove, oven, and microwave
  • Clear the refrigerator of magnets, pictures, and messages
  • Repair broken or loose corners on Formica countertops
  • Replace burner pans on the stove if worn
  • Keep all mops, brooms, vacuums, etc., put away.
  • Empty the garbage before each showing
  • Remove any pet food and water dishes before showings
  • Organize pantry to look nice and neat
  • Box up any dishes & cooking supplies you can live without
  • Scrub/polish the sink to make it look like new again

Bedroom IconBEDROOMS:

  • Make beds daily
  • Invest in new bedspreads if necessary (consult stager first)
  • Clear off bedside tables, dressers, etc.
  • Store daily necessities in drawers or closets
  • Organize closets to be nice and neat
  • Keep closet doors closed
  • Keep all the floors clear and vacuum regularly
  • Remove all wall decor, other than a tasteful piece of art
  • Repair any holes or damage to walls

Laundry IconLAUNDRY:

  • Put soap and supplies in cupboards
  • Keep all surfaces and sink clean and empty
  • Use high watt bulbs to make it look brighter
  • Remove any and all clothing, dirty or clean.
  • Keep floors cleared of clutter and mop regularly

Bath IconBATH:

  • Clear and clean ALL surfaces
  • Display a bottle of hand soap or a clean bar of soap
  • Purchase new towels if necessary (consult stager first)
  • Coordinate all linens in one or two colors
  • Fold towels in thirds on towel rack
  • Remove all unnecessary items out of shower stalls and tubs
  • Clean or replace all shower curtains
  • Clean any moldy areas in the showers and baths
  • Replace caulking to make it look new again
  • Take off all cloth toilet lids and keep lids closed
  • Hide garbage cans and cleaning supplies
  • Organize cabinets to be nice and neat

Exterior IconEXTERIOR:

  • Look at your house objectively from your neighbor's yard
  • Clean or repaint the front door if needed
  • Repaint the exterior and trim if needed
  • Replace any rotten wood on the exterior
  • Sweep all walkways, patios, porches, and decks
  • Pressure wash any dirty/stained concrete
  • Re-stain deck wood as needed
  • Wash windows, inside and out
  • Use outdoor furniture to show use of space
  • Outdoor drapes, pillows, and throws create an inviting retreat

Exterior IconGARAGE:

  • Clean and sweep out the garage
  • Keep storage nice and neat
  • Repaint dirty areas
  • Pack anything you can live without

Yard IconYARD:

  • Prune bushes and plants to look healthy
  • Do not allow shrubs or plants to block windows
  • Weed all planting areas
  • Put down fresh mulch to restore color contrast
  • Keep the lawn freshly mowed, edged, and fertilized
  • Remove any dead plantsAdd a few flowers for a splash of color if needed


It might start to seem like it will take forever to accomplish, but getting your home ready before listing it is imperative. You only get one chance to make a first impression. Don't make the costly mistake of listing your home for sale before you have had time to finish up the process.  

If you start to lose focus, just remember: your goal is that prospective home buyers won't be able to tell whether or not anyone lives in the home. Your home should stand out above the rest because you have gone above what the average home seller would do. Rest Assured, all your hard work will pay off at the closing table.


The Ultimate Home Sellers Checklist

Shari Fortune Great Colorado HomesShari Fortune is our design specialist here at Great Colorado Homes. She has a passion for making things beautiful. She's a big part of making our website, infographics, and blogs visually appealing. Her home staging talent is one of the many tools we employ to get our sellers great offers in record time. You can message Shari directly at, or simply leave a comment in the comments section below.


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14 Responses to "The Ultimate Home Seller's To-Do Checklist & Infographic"

Laurie wrote: I love your infographic. There is a lot to be done in order to prep your home for sale, and you do need to keep an objective eye. Thanks for sharing!

Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2016 at 4:42pm.

fellow real estate agent wrote: nice blog! awesome design! keep sharing!

Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at 1:07am.

peninah wrote: very good information keep it up!

Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 at 2:57am.

Laura Ludwig wrote: This article rocks. Thank you for the great lists!

Posted on Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at 12:06am.

Dan Barcelon wrote: Very informative infographic! Very helpful!

Posted on Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 2:01pm.

Dan Tran wrote: this infographic is very interesting, who design this must be very creative

Posted on Friday, June 2nd, 2017 at 3:20am.

Patty villa wrote: The checklist is really outstanding. Thanks for creating the infographic. this is great idea.

Posted on Thursday, June 15th, 2017 at 9:15am.

Anita Gerguri wrote: Great article!

Posted on Friday, July 14th, 2017 at 7:43am.

Crescat wrote: This is great info graphic for home sellers. The home we bought wouldn't sell it by their own. We have to do some work to sell the home. Some talking, some cleaning and some advertising. To do our cleaning part right this info graphic will help definitely.Thank you for the this valuable advice's and checklist. Keep these coming. Cheers.

Posted on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at 2:20am.

Abraham Walker wrote: you can't go wrong with this checklist. sellers in your area are lucky to have the option of working with your company.

Posted on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 at 11:43am.

Kristian Olsen wrote: WOW! That was a great infographic and article. Very useful indeed.
Thanks and keep up the good work.

Posted on Sunday, November 12th, 2017 at 1:52am.

Bob Willis wrote: Well what to say...
The presentation and info-graphic are very impressive. It has completely changed the reading interest. Later the information is amazing. I will share this with my colleagues. Thanks for sharing such a lovely post.

Posted on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 at 2:59am.

Jessica wrote: This is a wonderful representation on how to sell a home.It is simple and precise.

Posted on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at 3:00am.

Deena Minyard wrote: Very nice website with spectacular graphics. Only thing I wish that it included is a HUD Settlement form that a Buyer/Seller/Agent could fill out from Title CO. information. Then it could be downloaded to a password-encoded client page on this site. It would be a great way to keep privacy and still inform clients. Otherwise...GREAT WEBSITE!

Posted on Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 at 6:50am.

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