Preparing Your Home to Sell

Our sellers receive a FREE staging consultation with a professional home stager. Here is why Staging Works:

  • A staged home typically sells faster than a non staged home.
  • A staged home creates a great first impression. Most buyers make up their mind within seconds of entering your home. Builders invest significant resources in staging model homes because staging works.
  • A staged home typically sells at a higher price than a non-staged home. Staging creates an emotional attachment to a home.
  • Staging your home broadens its appeal and attracts more potential buyers. More interest means more offers and a higher probability of multiple offers.
  • A staged home is shown by more Realtors. Because staged homes sell faster, Realtors prefer to show staged homes over vacant homes.
  • Home staging enhances the best features of a home.

Other helpful tips in preparing your home:

  • Maximizing Your Curb Appeal
  • Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered
  • Regularly trim hedges and weed lawns and flowerbeds
  • Paint the front door
  • Polish/Replace front door hardware
  • Sweep Walkways and driveway; remove branches, litter or toys
  • In the winter keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice
  • In autumn rake the leaves
  • Remove any outdoor furniture which is not in good repair
  • Remove and repaint any peeling paint on doors and windows
  • Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles
  • Remove mildew or moss from walls or walks with bleach or other cleaner
  • Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking
  • Repair and clean gutters
  • Reseal old asphalt
  • Paint or replace mailbox
  • Keep the garage door closed
  • Store RVs and old cars elsewhere while the house is on the market
  • Add a new front door mat and consider seasonal door decoration
  • Make sure doorbell is in good working order

Maximizing Interior Appeal

  • Clean the house thoroughly
  • Consider using a professional cleaning service every few weeks while house is on the market
  • Keep tabletops, counters, dressers, and closets free of clutter
  • Tidy the refrigerator and stove, drawers, cabinets.
  • Arrange furniture for spaciousness
  • Rent storage area for extra furniture and personal effects to create a more spacious look
  • Remove personal pictures
  • Remove stains from the carpets
  • Do all you can to reduce odors
  • Create cozy bedrooms by getting rid of excess furniture
  • Organize Closets – Donate unwanted clothes, shoes, and jackets.
  • Put a fresh coat of paint on dingy or strongly colored walls using neutral colors.
  • Make your bathroom sparkle – Repair unsightly caulking in tubs and showers, display your best towels, mats, and shower curtains.
  • Repair dripping faucets and shower heads
  • Replace outdated light fixtures
  • Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint and tiles
  • Seal Basement walls if there are cracks or signs of leaks.
  • Relocate pet litter boxes and feeding bowls away from living area(s).