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Preparing to Sell

Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

  • Improve curb appeal
    • Power wash the house and outdoor furniture. Replace and paint decayed wood trim.  Wash windows.  Trim bushes.  Fertilize lawn.  Rake leaves.  Edge and mulch beds.  Plant colorful annuals.
  • Maximize interior space
    • Declutter.  Decorate sparsely to give walls, tables and shelves a spacious appearance.  Put excess furniture in storage. Add color (pillows, throws, towels).
  • Clean
    • Touch up ceilings, walls and trim. Polish cabinets and furniture.  Steam clean carpets and drapes.  Re-seal and polish floors.  Organize the garage and attic.
  • Refresh
    • If your home is 10+ years old, odds are it is a bit out-of-date. Consider replacing cabinet handles, towel bars, ceiling fans, light fixtures, mirrors, outlet covers, door knobs and locksets.
  • Make repairs
    • Proactively repair leaky roofs, fogged windows, broken shutters, leaky faucets, and slow-draining sinks.  Caulk the kitchen sink and bathrooms.  Replace burned-out light bulbs.
    • You’ll lose leverage with potential future buyers if your contracted buyer opts out of the deal during the Due Diligence period due to a bad home inspection report.

Next Steps

It typically takes 2-4 weeks to prepare a home for sale.  Next steps include:

  • Execute an agency agreement
  • Prepare your home for sale
  • Schedule interior design consultation, professional site photography, and floor plan measurements
  • Design and print marketing collateral
  • List property for sale in the Multiple Listing Service
  • Place signage in yard and initiate the marketing plan