Tips on Preparing Your Home to Sell
The first step to preparing you home to sell is to change how you view your home from that of the owner to that of prospective buyer. Ask yourself the following questions:
1. Does my home have “curb appeal”?
In other words, will a person driving by or driving up to your home like what they see.
Is the landscaping in good shape and is the driveway, porch, and yard free of trash,
children’s toys, fallen branches, etc.
How about the paint? Any peeling paint
mildew or rust? Is the roof in good shape,
or is its condition evident by the curling
or missing shingles? Are the gutters full
of leaves and pine needles? What about
windows and screens? Clean windows and
screens that are free of cobwebs and tears
can make a house sparkle.
2. Do all rooms and closets appear spacious
and clutter free? Too many personal items
and collectibles can make rooms and
closets seem much smaller than they really
are. Go through and eliminate all items you
can do without. If you can’t bear to throw
things away, pack them up in boxes and put
them in storage or in a designated spot in the
3. What impression do I get as to the overall
condition of the house? Remember, small
items left in disrepair can signal “poorly
maintained” to the prospective purchaser.
Tighten all loose doorknobs and hardware,
repaint or touch-up rooms with little
fingerprints on the walls. Caulk and
seal bathrooms and kitchen around sinks
and tubs, etc. Even something as small as
a light bulb not working can make a buyer
think you have not taken care of your home.
4. Have I overdone the “Decorator Touch”?
Remember, not all buyers will appreciate
your taste in wall color. Neutralize any
area where you have gone above and
beyond in expressing your individualism.
Most buyers will not want to go to the
trouble, much less the expense of redoing
colors which don’t work with their furniture.
5. Are my “Senses” pleased when I
tour this home?
a. Sight - Is the home clean, I mean
really clean, and what about light and bright?
Every day pick up all rooms, do dishes, make
beds, etc. Open curtains and turn on lights
when showing your home.
b. Smell - check for pet, smoking and
cooking odors. Make sure everything
smells as good as it looks. But don’t
overdo. No smell is better than
c. Hearing- barking dogs, loud music,
television, idle conversation, etc.
will interfere with the buyer’s
ability to “enjoy” viewing the home
and will leave a negative impression
of the home itself. All unnecessary
noise should be eliminated from the
home, which means you should leave
when buyers come and take your
pets out for a walk if necessary.
d. Touch- Is the house too cold or too hot?
If a buyer feels uncomfortable he will
not take the time to enjoy other
aspects of the home.
If you can answer the above questions positively you are ready
to put your home on the market. Your NEXT STEP is to call
a GREAT agent... and determine a price and a marketing plan.
That’s where I come in !