Top 10 Suggested “To-Dos” When Preparing for a Home Sale 1) Smoke/fire alarms should be operable and located in the correct areas. Install carbon monoxide detectors within 10 feet of all bedrooms. 2) Furnace filter should be clean and installed properly. a. Disposable 1” filters should be checked/changed every 6 weeks. b. Oversized (4 ½” thick) disposable filters should be checked/changed every 6 months. 3) Bushes and other landscaping plants should be trimmed away from house. a. Minimum 12” clearance is recommended. 4) Tree branches should be trimmed well away from roofing components. 5) Gutters should be clean and fully operable with downspout extensions connected to discharge water well away from foundation. 6) General exterior maintenance including caulking details around window, door and corner trim and any chipped/peeling paint should be scraped, primed and painted. 7) Ensure the soil grading and drainage slopes are away from your house foundation in all areas. a. Basement seepage and/or water staining are attributable to insufficient exterior grading and drainage. b. Earth grade should slope away from the foundation of the house at a rate of 1" per foot for the first 8 feet. The lot should then allow for drainage off the site to the street or other designated drainage area. c. Hard surfaces such as driveways, patios, sidewalks, steps and decks should also slope slightly away from house foundation (1/8" to 1/4" per foot). 8) Have your central air conditioning and furnace cleaned, tuned-up and certified for safe operation by a reputable licensed HVAC company. a. Keep receipts and any other paperwork for work performed/completed. 9) Install GFCI protected outlets or circuit breakers in the bathrooms and in other potentially wet areas (exterior of the house, garage, kitchen sink, etc). a. Installation of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) type protected outlets with test/reset buttons are highly recommended in bathrooms especially and will be noted as such by most inspectors. 10) ALL windows and doors should be operable. a. Buyers and inspectors will try to operate nearly all windows and doors. Window sashes that are painted shut, missing hardware, have broken locks or are otherwise inoperable can be solved with minor adjustments or inexpensive window hardware parts.