by Phil Hoover, Real Estate Broker

Preparing Your Home For Sale

Living in your home and preparing it for sale are two entirely different things.

A great deal of the marketing success for your home will depend upon you and what you do to make your home more appealing to prospective buyers.

Homes in pristine, move-in condition always command higher prices than those that need work.

Here are some helpful tips on how to “stage” your home for a fast top-dollar sale.

Remove The Clutter

This is almost always my #1 recommendation when listing a home.

Go through your home with a critical eye and put away everything that is sitting around in plain sight.

This often means putting away small kitchen appliances, the kids’ toys, and other items that cause visual distraction.

If your home and garage are crammed with too much “stuff”, you may even want to consider renting a storage unit and moving your excess possessions out of your home.

Doing so will provide a more pleasant visual experience for prospective buyers.

Scrub and Clean

Look at your home, inside and out, with a  critical eye toward dirty windows, fingerprints and smudges around light switches, dirt in window frames, etc.

Identify those areas needing attention and get out the Formula 409.

Have your carpets professionally cleaned if they need it.

Eliminate offensive pet odors.

That doesn’t mean getting rid of Fluffy or Rover, but do whatever you must to avoid turning off buyers who aren’t fond of your pet odors.

Paint Touch-Up

Most homes, unless they are almost new, can benefit from paint touch-up around the doors, windows, and other trim areas.

How about the front door?

The old saying “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression” must have been coined for front doors!

A little paint often goes a long way toward making a home more appealing.

Be Prepared For Showings

Unfortunately, showings can happen at a moment’s notice.

Therefore, your home should be kept in showing condition at all times.

This means beds should be made, clothes hung in the closet, landscaping kept trimmed, etc.


March 26th, 2013 Posted in Seller Stuff Print This Post Print This Post

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