Use this checklist to help get your home in top condition before a sale. By the editors of Kiplinger's Personal Finance Updated January 2015 If you're thinking about putting your home on the market, remember that if potential buyers can't envision themselves in the space, you'll likely have a tough time selling it. You should assess the interior of your home first and pay special attention to areas that need work, such as repainting the living room or updating the lighting fixtures in the kitchen, before listing it.Use our checklist to take an inventory of your living space and pinpoint areas for needed improvement: Attic Check underside of roof for leaks, stains or dampness. Look around chimney for condensation or signs of water. Clean and clear ventilation openings if necessary. Clean out stored junk. Walls and ceilings Check condition of paint and wallpaper. Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster or wallboard. Windows and doors Check for smooth operation. Replace broken or cracked panes. Repair glazing. Check condition of weather stripping and caulking. Examine paint. Test doorbell or chimes. Test burglar alarms. Wash windows and woodwork. Floors Inspect for creaking boards, loose or missing tiles, worn areas. Check baseboards and moldings. Test the staircases for loose handrails, posts, treads. Clean carpets. Bathrooms Check tile joints, grouting and caulking. Remove mildew. Repair faucets and shower heads that are dripping. Check the condition of painted or papered walls. Test operation of toilet. Kitchen Wash all appliances. Clean ventilator or exhaust fan. Remove accumulation of grease or dust from tiles, walls, cabinets, floors. Basement Remove clutter. Check for signs of dampness, cracked walls or damaged floors. Inspect structural beams. Check pipes for leaks. Electrical system Check exposed wiring and outlets for signs of wear or damage. Repair broken switches and outlets. Label each circuit or fuse. Plumbing system Check water pressure when taps in bathroom(s) and kitchen are turned on. Look for leaks at faucets and sink traps. Clear slow-running or clogged drains. Bleed air off radiators if needed, and check for leaking valves. Heating/cooling systems Change or clean filters from furnace and air-conditioning equipment. Have equipment serviced if needed. Clear and clean area around heating and cooling equipment.