6 Tips: Preparing Your Home For Sale

The idea of readying your home to be placed on the market can seem overwhelming when it should be an exciting time. Just think of it as preparing for your next big adventure. Your goal in the meantime is to make your home irresistible and get top dollar in the shortest amount of time possible, right? Here is how:

1. De-Clutter & De-Personalize

You’re moving so why not get a head-start on the packing process? If you haven’t used it in at least a year, recycle, throw out or donate the item. By simply removing unwanted items from your home you’ll quickly open up space making it seem neater and more spacious. Pack up personal knickknacks, photographs & keepsakes and clean off countertops. Clean surfaces can make even the smallest of kitchens seem roomy. Store any daily essential items in a small container that can be easily stored when not in use. Buyers need to be able to imagine their personal objects in the home and think “I can see our family living here.”

2. Closets & Cabinets

When searching for a new home, most are looking for an abundance of space and storage. Buyers are always going to snoop in cabinets and closets so be sure to keep contents at a minimum and neatly stored. Linen closets should be fresh smelling with neatly stacked towels and sheets, pack up any extras that will not be used. Bedroom closets look best when shirts are grouped together, buttoned and facing the same direction and pants are neatly folded and grouped together. If you’re like me, you probably have a junk drawer in the kitchen. If so, now may be the time to purge it’s contents.

3. Make Each Room Count

Less is more, especially when it comes to precious real estate space so make each room serve a purpose.  Have a small room with too much furniture? When I was selling my last home I had a beautiful buffet that matched the dining table and hutch but there was little room to be sitting and then try and squeeze through between the chair and buffet. Simply put, it made a decent size room look small and cramped. I removed the buffet, and the leaves in the dining room table and it became a very welcoming, open space.

Another example of wasted space are usually “bonus rooms” as they’re called here in the south. Usually, a bonus room is space above the garage that becomes an all purpose room. If you don’t know what to do with “it” put it in the bonus room. In my particular situation, our bonus room has evolved over time. It started as my husbands man cave/office/playroom but was hardly ever used due to so many different things being stored up there. So, one day after I was tired of tripping over toys in every room downstairs, all the toys were moved into the new playroom. Now there is no question as to what that room is used for and it keeps the rest of my house clean.

4. Remove items that do not convey

Are you planning on taking a chandelier or the window treatments with you? Consider removing these particular items prior to showing the home. This goes for items such as a wine fridge or that neat wine barrel you bought on your trip to Napa Valley. If a buyer doesn’t see them, they can’t want them.

5. Make Minor Repairs

Is the kitchen faucet still leaky? Be sure to fix it along with any other obvious repairs such as holes in walls, burned out light bulbs or sagging blades on an outdoor paddle fan. It’s also a good idea to paint that bright pink kids room a neutral color. The more move-in ready your home appears the sooner they’ll be ready to hand over a check.

6. Curb Appeal

  • Mow the lawn and trim the bushes
  • Plant flowers around the walkway or in a pot near the front door.
  • Repair any peeling paint/paint the front door
  • Clear the walkway
  • Re-mulch

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