Roger Brissette

Pre-Listing Checklist


• Landscape. Keep the grass mowed and edged. Trim plants, add fresh mulch and colorful flower spots.

• Repair, paint, or wash all exterior walls, doors, and trim.

• Power-wash exterior concrete and other hardscapes to unify surface color. It will make these areas look larger.

• Wash the windows, inside and out. Remove unnecessary screening.

• Decorate outside with planters and potted plants.

• Decorate the patio or deck with flowerpots and enough furniture to show that it is usable living space.

• Furnish covered porches with small outdoor tables and chairs to turn them into obvious living spaces.


• Less is more – remove enough so that there is some empty space in closets, on shelves, and in cabinets.

• Remove or hide all small kitchen appliances.

• Remove all refrigerator art, family pictures, school schedules, magnets, calendars, etc.

• Pack up all personal photos.

• Remove religious and political decor • Remove personal items from bathroom, tub, and showers; shampoo, toothpaste, brushes, used towels, etc.

• Remove and store seasonal clothes from closets.

• Rent a storage unit. Remove all visible storage boxes from closets and garage.

• Remove unneeded furniture to make rooms look larger.
• Remove dated or worn furnishings and accessories. Display only updated new looking items.

• Replace light bulbs that are out.

• Remember, “One will do.” When accessorizing surfaces, remember that for staging purposes one item is better than two or more. One vase or clock on a fireplace mantle shows off your home better than two or three items.

• Use mirrors generously. A mirror at the end of a long hallway makes the home look larger and relieves any cramped feeling. A mirror opposite the bathroom vanity pushes walls back and makes small bathrooms larger.

• Paint the interior of the house and the front door.

• Replace old carpeting and flooring. Be sure that any remaining carpet, drapery, or upholstery is odor-free.

• Arrange a minimum number of towels in bathroom racks and put out fresh soap.

• Use fresh flowers in vases.

• Remove some furniture to open up the rooms. Rule of thumb: consider eliminating half of all furniture.

• Air the home by opening windows and doors.

• No drips! Repair all plumbing, faucets, running toilets.

• Clean or repair/replace worn caulking around tubs, sinks, counter tops.
• Deep-clean entire house, oven, fireplace, garage, etc.

• Enhance fireplace firebox with candles or decorative logs.

• Replace or supplement furniture and accessories with rentals, if necessary.

Consider a Pre-listing Home Inspection!