Prepping Your Home to Sell

Removing clutter is the first step in preparing your home for sale.  “Minimalism” is key. Open your home to prospective buyers with de-cluttered rooms: kitchen including cabinets and countertops, living room, dining room, baths, bedrooms including closets, basement, garage, etc.  Box up family momentos, photographs, unnecessary clothing, knick-knacks, etc. Speak to your agent and let them assist you with staging your home for sale.

De-personalize your home, remember the goal is to present your house with the buyers in mind.  You want the perspective buyers envisioning your house as their home!

Home repairs:

Painting and touch-ups are essential, make sure your home looks clean and presentable.  You do not always need to paint the entire home. Sometimes just certain walls or ceilings need to be addressed.  If you have stains from an old water leak, you need to address those particular areas.

Make certain all plumbing, sinks, faucets are in good working order.  Pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms. Most repairs can be completed at a reasonable cost and will clearly demonstrate your house has been adequately maintained throughout your home ownership.

Carpet and flooring should be inspected.  Typically a quality carpet cleaning service will suffice.  Fix broken floor tiles, try to reduce any negative impressions associated with the home.

First Impressions:

Avoid negative first impressions of your home, especially when the agent and perspective buyer(s) are first entering your house.  Make sure the walkway is clear, front door and hardware are polished and sharp. First impressions are critical, make sure the front door locks and side lights are clean and polished.


Smoking is a big negative while showing your home, pet odors are another.  Pay extra attention to the odors emanating from your house. You may not realize the impact but to a prospective buyer this could be an immediate turn-off.   Change your kitty litter often, do not smoke in your house, and use air freshener sparingly.

Exterior Appearance:

A freshly cut lawn and manicured landscaping are your best friends.  If you own a dog, pick up after it, remove debris, weeds, leaves, etc.   Again, first impressions are most important. Assist us, the listing agent, to get the most for your house.   Talk to your agent and let us help you stage your home. We will work with you to devise the best plan for the minimal investment.

In conclusion, let’s work together and discuss the best and most effective way to market your home.  Our agents have many years of experience and will assist you with your home prep plan and guide you throughout the process.

Get excited!  Selling your house and buying a new home can be great experience!

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