Preparing Your Home to Sell

The Home Sale Process

The home-selling process typically starts several months before a property is made available for sale. It’s necessary to look at a home through the eyes of a prospective buyer and determine what needs to be cleaned, painted, repaired and tossed out.

Ask yourself: If you were buying this home, what would you want to see? The goal is to show a home that looks good, maximizes space and attract as many buyers as possible.

While part of the “getting ready” phase relates to repairs, painting and other home improvements, it is also a good time to ask why you really want to sell. Selling a home is an important matter and you should have a good reason to sell, perhaps a job change to a new community or the need for more space. Your reason for selling can impact the negotiating process, so it’s important to discuss your needs and wants in private with the REALTOR® who lists your home.


How Do You Improve Your Home’s Value?

The general rule in real estate is that buyers seek the least expensive home in the best neighborhood they can afford. This means you want to put on the market a home that fits with the neighborhood but is not over-improved. For example, if most homes in your neighborhood have three bedrooms, two baths and 2,500 square feet of finished space, a property with five bedrooms, more baths and far more space would likely be priced much higher and would be more difficult to sell.

Improvements should be made so that the property shows well, reflects community preferences and does not involve capital investments, the cost of which cannot be recovered from the sale.

Cosmetic improvements, paint, wallpaper, landscaping, etc., help a home show better and often are good investments. Mechanical repairs that ensure all systems and appliances are in good working condition are required to get a top price.

Ideally, you want to be sure your property is competitive with other homes available in the community. REALTORS®, like myself, who see numerous homes, can provide suggestions that are consistent with your marketplace.


A To-Do List for Preparing a Home to Sell

  • Clean
  • Pay attention to smells
  • Clear out the clutter
  • Repaint the walls neutral colors
  • Keep the décor simple
  • Get rid of personal items
  • Light things up with great natural and interior lighting
  • Bring nature like potted plants or a few pretty buds in a vase inside              
  • Get rid of bulky furniture to make your rooms feel bigger
  • Organize your closets as folks will be checking out your storage space
  • Tackle that honey-do list     
  • Give each room a purpose
  • Turn the bathroom into a spa
  • Close the toilet                      
  • Highlight focal points and special features
  • Boost the curb appeal – this one is important!


Thinking of selling your home? Contact Karen Boelling today.  
Or find out more on my page The Selling Process


The information above is Karen's expert advice combined with info obtained from: &


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