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Checklist for Buying or Selling a Home

Spring is almost here! If buying or selling a home is on your radar, here are some items to check off your list!




Home Buyers:

While you can check all of the items below yourself during a DIY inspection process, it’s best to work with a professional inspector who knows exactly what they’re looking for. Here are a few of the items to ensure the home you're looking at is as good as it looks!

  • Grounds and Property

  • Structure

  • Exterior Surfaces

  • Windows, Doors, and Trim

  • Roof

  • Attic

  • Interior Rooms

  • Kitchen

  • Bathrooms

  • Basement/Crawl Space

  • Plumbing

  • Electrical Systems

  • Heating/Cooling

  • Other Miscellaneous Items, as Needed

Home Sellers:

The Inspectors "Sellers Checklist" will help you prepare your home for sale. You’ll find easy cleaning and maintenance projects that will help you prepare your home before the first buyer walks through the door. You’ll also find typical repairs that may be necessary prior to selling your home.


Front entrance

  • Clean doors and windows

  • Sweep sidewalk

  • Polish doorknob

  • Shake out doormat

  • Water container flowers (replace if necessary)

  • Clean doors and windows

  • Keep the lawn and landscaping trimmed


Entryway

  • Clean doors and windows

  • Mop floor, shake out rug, vacuum carpeting

  • Water container flowers or plants

  • Dust shelves or entry table

  • Tidy up closet

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Living room, family room

  • Stow away newspapers, magazines, books, games, toys, and videos

  • Straighten out coffee table, bookshelves, and other areas

  • Mop floor or vacuum rugs

  • Vacuum upholstered furniture; wipe down leather or vinyl

  • Dust surfaces (including TV screen)

  • Sweep fireplace

  • Wipe down ceiling fan blades

  • Water houseplants


Kitchen

  • Mop or vacuum floor

  • Clean appliances

  • Wipe countertops, cabinets

  • Clean sink

  • Stow away kitchen sponge and dish towels

  • Open windows or run fan to remove cooking odors


Bathrooms

  • Wipe wet shower stalls and bathtubs

  • Mop floors

  • Put out fresh towels

  • Empty wastebaskets

  • Clean sinks, mirrors and faucets

  • Stow away laundry


Bedrooms

  • Make beds

  • Mop floors or vacuum rugs

  • Stow away shoes, laundry, clothes, books or toys

  • Open curtains or shades

  • Tidy up closet


Home office

  • Straighten out desk and bookshelves

  • Stow away files

  • Mop floor or vacuum rugs

  • Dust surfaces, including computer screen

  • Polish cabinets and woodwork


Basement

  • Clear clutter blocking access to furnace, electrical box or laundry room


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