Preparing Your Home to Sell Well

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Preparing to Sell Close
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Preparing Your Home to Sell Well


The following are staging and repair suggestions to prepare your home to sell well in any market environment.  In conjunction with setting a proper list price for your home, the more you do to make your home shine above the rest, the more showings you will have, the better buyer feedback you will receive and the quicker your home will sell.  Many of these items are assessed by the buyer's home inspector during their Due Diligence Period after your home goes under contract, so addressing as many of them as you can ahead of time will create less concern for the buyer later that could result in the buyer terminating the contract.  If you do not have the ability or financial means to make many repairs prior to listing your home, then we can help you price your home according to it's condition in relation to the other active listings and recently sold homes in your neighborhood. An appropriately priced fixer upper home can sell well too!

  • Make your home sparkle with a thorough cleaning.
  • De-clutter all areas of your home to create an impression of spaciousness.
  • Rearrange or store furniture that takes up too much space in a room.
  • Replace all lights with higher wattage bulbs and open drapes for a light and bright interior.
  • De-clutter kitchen counter tops.
  • Clean and organize cupboard interiors.
  • Clean and organize basement, attic and garage.
  • Arrange clothes neatly in closets.
  • If you have children, consider using one room to store their toys during the time your home is on the market.
  • Consider neutralizing the paint and carpet in your home to appeal to any decorating scheme.
  • A fresh coat of neutral interior and exterior paint is appealing to buyers and will give your home a well maintained look.
  • Repair any visible nail pops in the sheet rock.
  • Have your carpet professionally cleaned, particularly if you have pets.
  • Replace carpet that is worn, stained or carries an odor.  
  • Have carpet stretched, if needed.
  • Clean or resurface hardwood floors.
  • Repair torn or stained wallpaper.
  • Have your HVAC professionally serviced and cleaned.
  • Wipe down all interior HVAC vents and change your HVAC filter.
  • Pressure wash exterior of home (if not painting), driveway and sidewalk.
  • Repair holes and cracks in driveway pavement.
  • Paint or stain your back deck.
  • Paint, stain or clean your entry door.
  • Clean, paint and repair or realign gutters.
  • Repair any faulty siding that is deteriorating.
  • Repair any wood dry rot on windows and trim of home.
  • If you have a stucco home, have it inspected and repaired prior to listing.  Consider buying a stucco warranty for buyers peace of mind.
  • Check the roof and make any necessary repairs to shingles or flashing.
  • Have your chimney cleaned and inspected.
  • If you have a damp or wet basement, have it assessed and repaired.  This can be a deal breaker for a buyer.
  • Fix broken windows and screens and give them a good cleaning.
  • Make sure your door bell and entry light work.
  • Repair doors and windows that stick.
  • Repair squeaky floors.
  • Repair leaky faucets and remove water stains from tubs and sinks.
  • Repair or clean caulking on tubs and sinks.
  • Tighten loose doorknobs, switch plates and cabinet doors.
  • Keep lawn well-trimmed and edged.
  • Remove dead trees and plants from interior and exterior of home.
  • Put away lawn equipment, toys and other outdoor items.
  • Brighten your landscaping with blooming flowers at the mailbox and along the sidewalk.

- Anita Davis -