Preparing Your Home for Sale - Guide to Small Repairs and Fixes

If you're getting ready to move out or let prospective home buyers tour your home, you should check and fix, if necessary, the following common problem areas.

Indoor Repairs

  • Repair leaky faucets, sinks, dishwashers.

  • If you see any sign of wall mildew or dampness, check for broken pipes inside the walls.

  • Replace rusted, leaky garbage disposals.

  • Replace significantly cracked floor tiles.

  • Tack down loose carpeting or re-stretch and re-attach wall-to-wall carpets.

  • Repair holes in walls (including from doorknobs) and other damage.

  • Repair split door jambs.

  • Test and ensure that all light fixtures and wall outlets work properly.

  • Remove or bring to code any jury-rigged garage, workshop, attic or basement wiring.

  • Remove soap scum, mildew and stains from bathrooms and kitchens.

  • Empty and clean all cabinets.


  • Check fireplace gas valves and dampers to ensure proper operation.

  • Repair cracks to fire box and outside chimney.

  • Install chimney-top spark arrester.

Exterior Repairs

  • Repair loose railings, steps and outdoor carpeting.

  • Bring exterior lighting to code or remove.

  • Replace cracked window panes and window caulking.

  • Replace torn screens.

  • Make sure all windows open and close properly and smoothly.

  • Repair wobbly fencing and replace rotting wood.

  • Repair sticky gates and broken latches.

  • Replace broken sprinkler heads and repair leaks.

  • Check that garage doors hang properly and that door openers work.

  • Install missing gutters and downspouts.

  • Clean any debris and get rid of any junk.

Pools and Spas

  • Repair pool/spa leaks and cracks, plus cracks in coping.

  • Check operation of heater, pump, filter and underwater lights.

  • Repair clogged spa jets.


  • Trim back tree limbs from house or eaves.

  • Cut back ivy and other vegetation from wood-paneled exteriors.

  • Weed and edge all beds.

  • Clean any debris.