Exterior Home Staging: A Checklist To Prepare Your Home For Sale: Improving Your Home’s Saleability

Front Door

  • Replace or repaint worn front door to create a good impression.
  • Polish or add brass knocker.
  • Make sure front door has a working peephole.
  • Check doorbell and repair or replace as necessary.
  • Replace worn mailbox.
  • Make sure house number is clearly visible and attractive.
  • Polish, repair and/or replace all door handles and locks.  Make sure all outside doors have deadbolts or other safety locks.


  • Mow lawn, remove all weed and water regularly.
  • Use a good quality lawn food to make grass healthy and ammonia sulfate (available at garden or hardware store) to bring out the green.  Reseed or resod thin or brown lawn.
  • Cut grass back from edge of house as well as from plants and trees.
  • Trim edges by fences, walls, walkways, sidewalk, driveway and around plants, hedges and trees.
  • Remove all children’s toys, garden tools and hoses.
  • Repair loose or broken fences, or cracked or loose retaining walls.
  • Clean up after pets.


  • Remove all dead limbs.
  • Remove and/or replace dead trees or shrubs.  You can also use potted plants in yard and them take them along with you when you move.
  • Trim shrubs.
  • Remove overhanging or intruding limbs from walkways, gutters and utility lines.  Cut limbs from neighbouring yards.
  • Spray for insect infestations.
  • Trim all vines or other growths from fences.


  • Remove debris from all surfaces.
  • Clear storage areas.
  • Restain, repaint or seal all wooden decks.
  • Check and secure all railings.
  • Clear all spider webs and insect nests.
  • Wash entire area.
  • Resurface stained or worn areas.  Repair all cracks.


  • Remove snow from driveway and all walkways in winter
  • Resurface stained or cracked areas.
  • Patch all holes.
  • Seal all asphalt.
  • Replace thin gravel areas.

House Exterior

  • Repaint or reshingle if necessary.
  • Check all shutters and awnings.  Tighten if loose or replace if worn.
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts.  Repair or replace if necessary.
  • Check, repair and replace flashings, vents, chimneys, stacks and skylights.
  • Check, repair and replace exterior lighting as necessary.  Use bright bulbs.
  • Paint all railings.
  • Repair cracks in foundation, walls and steps.
  • Clear leaves, snow, ice or other debris from walkways and porches.
  • Replace worn trashcans.

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