How to Prepare Your Home for Sale - Page 1
Preparing your home for sale is like planning a wedding. Your home, like the setting for a wedding, must be perfect down to the smallest detail. If you want homebuyers to fall in love with your home, you have to carefully oversee every step that will lead to a marriage between your homebuyers and your home. It’s really
love at first sight. To help you prepare for this exciting event, we have listed the following steps to help you maximize the value of your home. Start by a) eliminating clutter, b) make necessary repairs, c) do a thorough cleaning, and d) generally revitalize the market potential of your home.  

1. Look at Your Home like a Buyer

You love your home and you think everyone will love it, too. That is, once they get used to a few defects and minor problems that have occurred over the years, such as: the entry light doesn’t work, the showerhead drips, the bathroom floor has some cracked tile, the walls in the kids’ bedroom needs repair and repainting and their window has a crack in it. These are things that you meant to fix but never got around to it, however buyers will notice these problems because they’re looking for the perfect house. Since there are so many homes for sale, the slightest flaw can put your home on the “crossed-off” list. Put yourself in their shoes and try to see what they see. Think of your home as a model home in a new community and emulate what new homes show to attract buyers.

Start from the curb. Does your home attract visitors? If it doesn’t look appealing, it may be rejected before they get out of the car. Is there landscaping or does your front yard look neglected and overgrown? Be sure to remove any yard clutter and hide the garbage cans. Make sure there are no commercial trucks, motorcycles, boats, RVs or anything that will create a less-than-favorable impression to buyers. Does the front of your home, and especially your front door, look fresh or does it need painting? Do the windows need washing? Is the entry walk clean? Does it need repair?

Imagine the buyer’s first impressions when they enter your home. Does it smell of strong cooking or pet odors? Are they confronted by family pets that try to befriend them? If there is no one home at the time of your inspection, will a potential buyer feel that they have entered a spotless, odorless home that has been cared for or will they be scared off by your housekeeping habits? Buyers, like friends and family, may tolerate your taste in decorating, but they won’t accept sloppy housekeeping or a home in disrepair.

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