Prep Your Home for Sale
Updated: Jul 12, 2021
Maximize Curb Appeal Getting them through the front door starts at the curb. Manicure the lawn, trim the trees and shrubs. Pull weeds and plant some colorful flowers. Clear the walkways. Fix peeling paint and wind up that hose.
Make Repairs to Visible Blemishes Is there something that’s an eyesore, but an easy fix? If looking at it bothers you, it could bother a potential buyer and reduce the appeal of your home. Replace burnt out light bulbs, fix that loose door handle, make needed paint touch-ups.
Make a Buyer’s Entrance Inviting Freshly paint the front door with a color that contrasts the house. Add a new welcome mat. Hang a fresh wreath on the door. Dust and sweep the entrance.
Let the Light Shine In Removing heavy window coverings to let in the natural light. Add lamps to brighten up darker areas to add more cheer.
Remove the Clutter This serves two purposes. First, you want your home to have an open and inviting appearance. Removing clutter will make rooms appear larger and more appealing. Second, it helps YOU prepare to move. Going through the clutter and getting rid of what you don’t need will make your move much easier.
Remove Personal Items It will be much easier for a potential buyer to imagine your home as theirs when they can envision their own items in it. Take down family photos, collectibles, and memorabilia.
Highlight Special Features Use accents and color to draw eyes to special features that you want potential buyers to notice—throw pillows, plants or other eye-catching accessories.
Add Mirrors Use mirrors to make rooms look larger and lighter. Position opposite windows for best effect.
Clean Out Cabinets and Closets Buyers are nosy and they WILL open the cabinets. Make sure your contents are orderly and organized.
Eliminate Odors Clean to remove any odors and do not cook any meals with heavy, lasting smells before a showing.
Add Aromas You can easily add appeal by quartering an orange and adding it to a pot of water with a cinnamon stick. Simmer on low for an inviting aroma. Or bake a fresh batch of cookies (and leave a plate of them on the counter for visitors). Candles or wax melts are great. Avoid diffusers with oils, as many buyers can be turned off by the earthy and strong smells.