Get Your Home Ready to Sell, It Is Worth It

Real Estate Sales Representative with eXp Realty, Victoria BC

Get Your Home Ready To Sell It Is Worth It.

Simple, clean focus on the home

In preparing your house to sell, ask yourself over and over if your house looks like someone else's dream house.

Houses in move-in condition tend to be inviting to buyers; houses that are in like-new condition typically sell fastest and procures the best price because it outshine the competition.

With that in mind, here are a few things to consider as you look over your house when getting ready to sell:

Please know that in the interest of space, the information within this report is summarized to the essential suggestions, we do however also have a free report called, "Dressing Your Home For Success" and it would be our pleasure to forward a copy to you if you send us a quick email to or call our office at 1 (250) 213-9490.

Remember the sixty-second rule: that's all the time you have to create a good first impression! Mow the lawn, rake leaves, trim trees and shrubs that keep light out of the house, and remove dead plants. It will probably be easier to sell your house if the buyer can see it, outside and in. Pick up tools, garbage cans, hoses, toys, and building materials and store them neatly in a storage area. Replace broken or missing roof shingles, and straighten and clean the gutters and downspouts. Clean all windows and mend torn screens. Paint your house, if necessary. This can probably help improve curb appeal more than any other fix-up! If you decide against painting the entire house, at least consider painting the front door, window frames, and shutters. Seal or resurface the driveway and repair broken steps and walkways. Paint or replace your mailbox and post. Dress up the front yard with some simple landscaping.

Clean, Clean, Clean
Step back for a moment and look at your home as if you were seeing it for the first Simple, clean focus on the home time. Every room should be neat, spotlessly clean, dusted, and uncluttered. Steam clean the carpets and wax the floors. Wash the walls, windows, and light fixtures. Tighten loose stair railings and clean all woodwork. In the event that you feel a project of this magnitude is better left to a professional, ask your real estate agent to recommend a professional cleaning service.

Use bright light bulbs in the foyer and throughout the house. Fill the house with a pleasant aroma, such as berries in the summer or cinnamon in the winter, or some other fresh scent.

Living Room
Replace the carpet if it's old or worn. It costs money, but you may find that you will more than recoup that cost when the home sells. Patch cracks and nail holes in the walls, and repaint walls in neutral colors, such as white or ivory. Nail down creaking boards and stair treads. Lubricate any sticking or squeaking doors. Open all curtains, and replace them if they are getting old. Add lamps and lighting if the house is dark. Set out fresh flowers.

Rearrange or move furniture to make your rooms look more spacious. Discard worn furniture and move extra furniture to a storage unit. Remember, too much furniture and too many knick-knacks make rooms look cluttered and small. One or two decorative items per surface is plenty, so pack the rest away. Visit model homes for decorating ideas.

Kitchen and Baths
These rooms should sparkle! Clear off counters, and clean all appliances and fixtures. Scrub the floors and walls. Re-caulk tubs and showers. Clean these rooms thoroughly, and be sure they smell fresh!

Take those things to Goodwill that you'll have to discard anyway when you move. Organize shelves and straighten shoes. Be sure that sliding doors operate smoothly on their tracks and knobs on drawers are secure.

Utility Room
Dust and wash off lint from the washer and dryer. Dust and wash off the water heater.

Simple, clean focus on the home

Light and Bright


Do everything you can to brighten the interior. Replace wallpaper with white or off-white paint, and repaint shabby or dark walls. Open the blinds, and replace broken windows and window seals. Always maintain a comfortable temperature inside the house, even if you are away for an extended period of time.

Once again, we also offer a free much more in debt report about preparing your home for a successful sale at top dollar and in the least amount of time, please contact us by emailing if you would like to receive a copy.

Get Your Home Ready To Sell It Is Worth It.

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Peter Pfann,

CPCA, ABR, SRES, E-Pro, IMSD, Master ASA, C-CREC, Associate Broker.

Text or Talk To Peter @: (1) 250 - 213 - 9490

Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, BC, Canada, @ Fair  Realty Since 1986.

Regional office: 1540 Fort St Victoria, BC V8S 5J2



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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Peter and Linda, Good advice for sellers . Thanks for sharing the tips.

Sep 24, 2011 01:04 AM #22
Shelly Sierra
RE/MAX Masters - Keller, TX

Thanks for the great advice! I will certainly be using this list! Thanks for sharing.

Sep 24, 2011 01:21 AM #23
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Peter and Linda, very good points sellers need to know to get their home ready to sell.

Sep 24, 2011 01:27 AM #24
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

HI Tom,

Thanks for visiting and kind comments

Hi Jordan,

Pictures of both your clients house as well as pictures of the direct competition will help a lot to make your suggestions have merit.

Hi Debbie,

thank you for feedback, being able to take a step back and understanding what the expectations of the buyers are does allow sellers to gain a huge amount of perspective.

Hi Teral, thank you for kind comments, much appreciated.

Hi Joan,

The old premise that many buyers decide that they like or dislike a home before they have entered is still very common, so making sure that everything is being done to make that 1st impressions are as good as possible.

Hi Mike,

Thank you so much we appreciate your suggestion to include this list with every listing. The list is pretty straightforward and and common sense.

Hi Gary,

so very true preparing your home for sale goes directly ti the bottom line, in addition in slow market segments, only the best prepared homes will sell at all.

Hi Gita, thank you for kind words of support.

Hi Sheila, thanks and we hope the list benefits you and your clients.

Hi Micheal, we think that most sellers understand the need for completing most of the suggestions on the list, if and when they have difficulty completing the suggestions, we need to make it easier to get the work done.

Sep 24, 2011 02:31 AM #25
Nancy Timberlake
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portland, ME
REALTOR - Southern Maine

All great advice.  Before I list a home, I don't take pictures until the sellers get it ready to put on the market.  To get the best price, they must clean and declutter.

Sep 24, 2011 02:33 AM #26
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Peter and Linda thanks for sharing such a great blog, you could make it into a hand out for every seller thinking of listing. Have a great weekend.

Sep 24, 2011 02:36 AM #27
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

It definitely IS worth it!  Spend the time NOW to make the house a "Dream House", or spend lots more time on themarket!

Sep 24, 2011 02:49 AM #28
Howard and Susan Meyers
The Hudson Company Winnetka and North Shore - Winnetka, IL

Pfanntastic list Peter and Linda....These days,it is not that it will neccesarily help you sell at a better price, but that if you don't do these things, it may not sell at all.

Sep 24, 2011 02:54 AM #29
Susan Lehmkuhl
Buy and Sell Smart Realty, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Associate Broker

Good advice.  Sometimes it's hard for sellers to hear, but definately can help their bottom line

Sep 24, 2011 03:00 AM #30
Michael L. Brownstead
Keller Williams Realty - Allen, TX
ABR, GRI, MRP, SRS, 1SG US Army (Ret.)

Awesome posting, thanks so much and have an awesome day in real estate!

Sep 24, 2011 03:50 AM #31
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Peter and Linda, This info is invaluable to Sellers today. It truly is VERY important to have the condition of the home be as best as it can be before it goes on the market.  Congrats on this very feature worthy post!

Sep 24, 2011 04:06 AM #32
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I especially liked the way you emphasized CLEAN...I like to smell the pine sol or the Lysol when I enter. It just reinforces something in us that says something good. I suppose it supports the newness/freshness we all come to expect and want in anything we consume or purchase.  BTW...A house should be near perfect if soliciting top dollar in my opinion.  Good post and hosts thank you

Sep 24, 2011 04:14 AM #33
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

HI Nancy, Scott, Julia, Howard and Susan, Susan L, Micheal, Cindy, Richie,

Thank you so very much for all your kind word, feed back and support, we do very much appreciate it so much. clearly for home sellers reading this article and the comments made by so many of our peers, it can not be said enough taking the time to properly prepare your home before you try to sell is more important now than ever before.

The pictures we used in this article, are from a property we recently listed, and for which the seller (by herself) spend considerable time and effort in prepraring her home, and it shows very very well.

Generally the feedback we have reeived on that home ranges from, awesome, spotless, very well cared for, professionally staged, etc etc. But the fact of the matter is that this was done by the seller, and nobody else.......... just effort, energy and thinking like a buyer, as in what would a buyer think if?

Sep 24, 2011 05:15 AM #34
Todd & Devona Garrigus
Garrigus Real Estate - Beaumont, CA
Broker / REALTORS®

Peter and Linda,

You did a great job writing this blog. It surprises my that sellers need to be reminded to ready their home for sale. Fixing, organizing and simplifying! Great post. I have reblogged it!

Sep 24, 2011 07:47 AM #35
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

HI Gerrigus,

Thank you so very much for reblogging, we appreciate it very much, we hope it brings you the desired action.

Sep 24, 2011 08:30 AM #36
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

It is vital that the home is made ready to be placed on the market before it goes into the MLS - great post!


Sep 24, 2011 09:51 AM #37
Charlie Dresen
Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro

Great tips and great information. I find more sellers are willing to do what it takes now to get homes market ready since they've witnessed friends and neighbors sitting on homes for months. Even when folks start out agreeable though, there inevitably comes a sticking point or two...and I try to counsel that buyers will remember something that really turned them off, so you're only as good as that "broken something" or "cluttered family room" that sticks with the potential buyer.

Sep 24, 2011 10:21 AM #38
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

HI Barbara-Jo,

Thank you so much for for yur valued insight, yes listing before the home is ready to be sold is really shooting yourself in the foot in today's market.

HI Charlie,

so true, today it is a bit easier to explain the real problem with not ptreparing a home for sale, but on the downside the money and motivation to make the needed effort is lacking a bit as well, often because all the hard work often just means that they are holding the value rather than improving the value (at least in the sellers perspective) in a slow and declining value market place.

Sep 24, 2011 11:20 AM #39
Chris Druesedow
Five Star Realty - Kenai, AK

These are terrific tips for sellers! You can never do too much to try and improve. You're completely right when you say you only have 60 seconds to make a great impression! Great post!

Kenai Peninsula Real Estate

Sep 26, 2011 01:25 PM #40
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

Hi Chris,

Thank you very much for visiting and your kind feedback and welcome to our Active Rain community, let us know if we can assist you.

Sep 26, 2011 01:49 PM #41
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