Anita Newhouse June 1, 2018

5 Steps to Prepare Your Home for the Market

Preparing your home for sale can be a daunting task. From making small repairs to creating an overall welcoming atmosphere, many don’t know where to start. Below are a few pointers to get you started on your home-selling journey:

First Impressions

First impressions on the exterior and interior of a house are crucial. One way you can give your home a polished, new look is by brightening the front door or fence with a fresh coat of paint. 

Living Room

As buyers tour potential homes, one of the first thoughts running through their minds is if they can picture themselves and their family in the home. One of the areas where people spend the most time in their home is the living room. When staging the living room, you want to create a space where people can picture spending a relaxing evening watching a movie, entertaining friends, and kicking back on a lazy Sunday morning. Removing clutter from the walls and packing away personal items such as knick-knacks and souvenirs create the appearance of a larger, cleaner space, giving visitors a blank slate to envision themselves living in the space.

Kitchen

Years of family dinners, late-night snacks, and parties can take a toll on the overall wear and tear of a home’s kitchen. Wipe down and polish cabinets and countertops to give them back their shine.

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are an essential part of the home, but potential buyers aren’t likely to spend much time touring them, compared to the time spent looking at bedrooms and living spaces. That doesn’t mean you can just skip preparing this space, but rather that you only have a moment to make a stellar first impression. Cleaning the walls, floors, and plumbing fixtures is essential. Adding a clean, fresh scent with a candle or diffuser can help make a lasting impact on potential buyers.

Bedrooms

The bedroom is the place where we all go to relax, unwind, and rest up for the day to come. Unfortunately, these rooms are often overlooked when it comes to cleaning and can be a secret hub for dust. Make sure to dust the ceiling fan, vacuum the corners, and wipe down the walls and furniture to create a cleaner and brighter room.

These are just a few of many tips that can make selling your home a more organized, quicker process. If you’d like a comprehensive room-by-room guide for preparing your home for the market, check out our free downloadable Home Selling Tips | Room-by-Room Checklist.