Christian Real Estate Professionals : SELLER CHECKLIST – Interior Tasks to Prepare for Your Charlotte Home for Sale

SELLER CHECKLIST – Interior Tasks to Prepare for Your Charlotte Home for Sale


SELLER CHECKLIST – Interior Tasks to Prepare for Your Charlotte Home for Sale

Preparing Your Charlotte Home for SaleThose who have never had a Charlotte home for sale before often think that selling is as simple as hiring a real estate agent and putting a sign in the yard. Believe me, it’s not that simple, as you’ll soon discover!

The Interior of Your Home

You’ve taken care of the exterior of your Charlotte home for sale-the first up-close impression buyers get.  So, when buyers make it inside, they’re one step closer to actually buying your home.  However, if the interior is a mess, this could blow the entire plan to get your home SOLD.

Here’s a checklist to make your home’s interior buyer-ready:

  1. Make sure the front door doesn’t stick
  2. Test windows to ensure they open and close easily
  3. Wash windows inside and out
  4. Move pets and pet supplies to a temporary home
  5. Fix leaky faucets
  6. Update fixtures on your cabinet hardware and door knobs
  7. De-clutter closets and cabinets (yes, buyers WILL open them!)
  8. Replace or repair cabinet doors
  9. Clean or replace dirty or worn grout
  10. Wash the walls if you’re not repainting
  11. Repair cracks or holes in the wall
  12. Paint walls a neutral color
  13. Remove personal items, such as knick-knacks and personal mementos
  14. Clean the fireplace
  15. Have the chimney professionally cleaned
  16. Remove clutter from countertops, tables and shelves
  17. Steam clean the carpets
  18. Scrub all appliances
  19. Clean cobwebs and dead bugs from light fixtures and ceiling fans
  20. Make sure every light has a working bulb
  21. Degrease the stove and oven
  22. De-clutter and clean the attic and the basement
  23. Clean out your garage – do not fill the garage with moving boxes-buyers tend to think that you don’t have enough storage space when the garage is filled to the brim.  Rent a storage unit!
  24. Make sure crawl spaces have crawl space waterproofing
  25. Remove excess furniture

While each of the Charlotte homes for sale is unique, with different selling points and selling problems, this list is a good start for any home.

If you’re ready to sell your Charlotte home, I can help. Call me or email me for more information.

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Comment balloon 32 commentsDebe Maxwell, CRS • July 19 2011 10:50PM



Excellent tips for any homeowner getting ready to sell their home.  Very important things for them to pay attention to if they want top dollar for their home. 

Posted by Larry Story, Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate (Total Care Realty) almost 9 years ago

Debbie this is a great list, I can't tell you how many homes I have shown when my buyers look in the oven and its gross even in a 2-3 yr old home, doors sticking is also top on the list if the door is hard to open when you put the key in and you have to push its not a good sign.  You have included many things sellers forget

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty) almost 9 years ago

Great tips for sellers I thank you for sharing. Good luck!

Posted by Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) almost 9 years ago

Its amazing how many people do not do #20 ...."Make sure every light has a working bulb"

Its so easy and makes such a big difference!  pippa

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) almost 9 years ago

#20 is a big bug-a-boo with me.  There's nothing that buyers notice more.  I'm reblogging this post.  Great tips!

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

I just have to move out.  I need to get a couple of my sellers to do that too.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 9 years ago
Hi Debe, Great post, going to bookmark and add it to my collection, then reblog tonight/tomorrow.
Posted by Hrisco & Associates, Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods (Hrisco & Associates ) almost 9 years ago

dear debe,

great ideas. love to read your thoughts. if the sellers went one by one through your list, they would probably do even more as they went along.

have a happy day,   lynn

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) almost 9 years ago

Hi Debe --- buyers love to "touch" "smell" and "feel" --- so home sellers need to make sure the tactile experience of their home(yes, think ALL of those senses) need to be as perfect as can be.  Great post.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 9 years ago
More great tips for your Charlotte home sellers, Debe. Who can go wrong if they follow your advice.
Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) almost 9 years ago

Great advice Debe as usual. If you want to maximize your return put a little "elbow grease" in the preparation. It might take some time and effort but usually does not cost a lot of dough.

Posted by Doug Anderson, Bay Area Real Estate Views (Tucker Associates Real Estate Services) almost 9 years ago

Great and complete list of to dos. I need to make a list of must dos for sellers.

Posted by Maya Swamy, Ph.D. Long Beach, CA - (Funds Available) almost 9 years ago

Great list for anyone thinking of placing their home on the market. And especially important with market conditions as they are today.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 9 years ago

Great list Debe, I was going to make a list as well, but now I think I'll just steal yours...LOL

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) almost 9 years ago

Debe.. What a great checklist to prepare your home for sale ..:0)


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 9 years ago

This is a great list Debe - and so very important since buyers just really aren't wild about thinking they will have to do cleaning and maintenance that the seller has neglected (and they start mentally deducting money from the price they will pay for the house too).

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA almost 9 years ago

Yes yes yes yes yes .............


"This post is BritishAgentApproved" !! ;o)


Very nicely done Big Sis - terrific guide for sellers !!!


Cheers !!!

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) almost 9 years ago

Hi Debe- this is pecisely why you are so good at what you do.  Informative and pro active.  All of these repairs/maintenance should be done prior to listing to ensure a quick sale.  Great blog post!

Posted by Nevin Williams, Senior Mortgage Advisor (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation) almost 9 years ago

Nice gold star.....even though you don't have one at the point of me suggesting this.....You will!  A lot of great points.  I'd be happy wiht 10, but 30?????  Hey, you take the cake!

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) almost 9 years ago

Hi Debe - this is excellent information for someone preparing their home to sell. I am sure that your Charlotte, NC home sellers appreciate this very detailed list.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) almost 9 years ago

Great list but it only scratches the surface. There's a limitless list of things sellers can do to enhance their home. I think it would help if the tasks were organized a bit better by interior/exterior and perhaps by room.

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Hi Everyone!  I just happened to check over here and see all these wonderful comments!  Thank you so much!  ANYthing that I can do to help my sellers prepare their home, I DO.  Home sellers need each and every advantage in this market and our team goes that extra mile to see that they have every opportunity to achieve their goals and move on.  

From the front door to the floors, this seller checklist will get them well on their way to a successful sale.

Thanks again for your comments.  Have a fabulous Friday everyone!


Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) almost 9 years ago
Hi Debe, another fantastic article and what a checklist....going to reblog this as well...marked.
Posted by Hrisco & Associates, Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods (Hrisco & Associates ) almost 9 years ago

Hello Debe and I agree with John, like the article and great checklist and thanks for the read!

VB ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz almost 9 years ago

Good morning Debe,

Excellent post and these 30 tips every seller needs to heed when getting their home ready to go to market if they want a successful sale :).

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) almost 9 years ago

Most of this list is paid for with sweat equity. Every seller should take on these tasks.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Debe-This is a great list indeed, Thanks for posting it!

Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) almost 9 years ago

21 is a good one. Most sellers don't realize the buyers will open the oven and if it is gross inside, it says a lot to them. Great list!

Posted by Kristi DeFazio, Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468 (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 9 years ago

Good tips, Debe. When a Seller looks at a list like this, they sometimes get so overwhelmed. To me it's very similar to the saying "Every body wants to go to heaven , but nobody wants to die." Every Seller wants to sell their house, but almost nobody wants to do all that it takes to get it sold.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) almost 9 years ago

Hi Debbie, I am adding this list to my Seller's Presentation Package. These are just things that they may take for granted, but following your list will help get their home sold quicker.

I suggested!!

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, almost 9 years ago

And clean out those medicine cabinets. Once you do that, you might find that the metal bottom is all rusty and will need a little work.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) almost 9 years ago

Funny, Jim!  I've actually seen that happen too!  Pulling up the old lining to clean prior to moving, they're always surprised at what they will find, including cash!!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) almost 9 years ago

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