Seller's Checklist: InsideKiplinger.com
Print out and use both the inside and outside checklists to identify areas of your home that need work prior to putting it on the market.Attic
Check underside of roof for leaks, stains or dampness.
Look around chimney for condensation or signs of water.
Clean and clear ventilation openings if necessary.
Clean out stored junk. Walls and ceilings
Check condition of paint and wallpaper.
Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster or wallboard. Windows and doors
Check for smooth operation.
Replace broken or cracked panes.
Check condition of weather stripping and caulking.
Test doorbell or chimes.
Test burglar alarms.
Wash windows and woodwork. Floors
Inspect for creaking boards, loose or missing tiles, worn areas.
Check baseboards and moldings.
Test the staircases for loose handrails, posts, treads.
Clean carpets. Bathrooms
Check tile joints, grouting and caulking.
Repair faucets and shower heads that are dripping.
Check the condition of painted or papered walls.
Test operation of toilet. Kitchen
Wash all appliances.
Clean ventilator or exhaust fan.
Remove accumulation of grease or dust from tiles, walls, cabinets, floors. Basement
Check for signs of dampness, cracked walls or damaged floors.
Inspect structural beams.
Check pipes for leaks. Electrical system
Check exposed wiring and outlets for signs of wear or damage.
Repair broken switches and outlets.
Label each circuit or fuse. Plumbing system
Check water pressure when taps in bathroom(s) and kitchen are turned on.
Look for leaks at faucets and sink traps.
Clear slow-running or clogged drains.
Bleed air off radiators if needed, and check for leaking valves. Heating/cooling systems
Change or clean filters from furnace and air-conditioning equipment.
Have equipment serviced if needed.
Clear and clean area around heating and cooling equipment.