4 Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Sale

prepare your home for a sale

If you are considering selling your home, it requires much more than simply placing a “for sale’ sign in your front yard. You want to make an immediate impression and have your home stand out from the others on the market. While there are many things you can do, some are more effective than others — remember it is the small details that will make a difference.

Let’s talk about four ways you can easily prepare your home for a sale.  

1. Clean!

One of the most important things you can do when placing your home on the real estate market is to clean it. Homes that are cleaned well appear better maintained and buyers are more confident in their purchasing decision. Plus, these homes are more inviting and appear larger. Buyers can more easily envision themselves living there.

A few cleaning tasks you don’t want to skip include:

  • Declutter
  • Declutter and organize all closets and drawers
  • Wash interior and exterior windows
  • Wipe down baseboards and clean carpets
  • Dust off all light fixtures

2. Make Any Cosmetic Repairs

If you have a wall with chipped paint or vinyl flooring that is old and worn down, these are repairs that will make a dramatic impact on the look of your home. Evaluate your budget to determine how many repairs you can make and prioritize accordingly. Upgrades such as a fresh coat of paint, updating bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and replacing old light fixtures are simple, fast upgrades and cost-friendly. Don’t forget things such as replacing light bulbs, fixing old caulk, etc.  

3. Stage Your Home

As potential buyers walk through your home, you want them to see themselves living in the space. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to properly stage your house. Remove many personalized photographs, knick-knacks, etc. that could distract from the characteristics and charm of the house. Place flowers on the table or on end tables, declutter all counters, and more. Work with your real estate agent or a professional home stager to accomplish this task.  

4. Maintain the Landscaping

Not only should you pay attention to the interior of the home, but the exterior of the home as well. This is the first thing buyers will see as they drive up to your home. While you don’t need to update all of your landscaping, simply maintaining it and caring for it will drastically improve your home’s curb appeal.

A few landscaping tasks to consider include:

  • Mowing and edging all grass
  • Fixing chipped or cracked pathways
  • Adding fresh flowers to planters or flower beds
  • Trimming trees

Preparing your home to sell can seem overwhelming but it doesn’t need to be. Work with Tammy Samuels to determine a plan specific to your property and to help potential buyers fall in love and make an offer.