How to Prepare your Home for Sale - Part 2

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Ellis Property Investments


Author: JakeConte
Getting your home prepared to be sold is a huge step you’re going to have to take. It is a lengthy process that is going to take time, effort, and a lot of work overall but it is going to be completely worth it when you get to move into your new home and your hard work has paid off on closing day. There are a few different things about your home that need to be in top shape in order for your home to sell effectively though. These are what buyers are looking for when they come to a viewing at your house.

Lighting is something that sets the entire mood of the house. It can make or break someone’s decision to buy or not so it is up to you to work out making sure the lighting is the best possible when someone is scheduled for a showing. You can make sure all of the bulbs are replaced and let in as much natural light as possible by opening up blinds and curtain as well.

A Clutter is also a huge downfall. Potential buyers are going to enter your home with the thoughts of what they can do to make it their home once they purchase it. That means you want to leave the living room especially as empty but lived in as possible so your personal little knick knacks which may be all over the place should probably get packed up sooner rather than later. Your closest should also be open and empty so that you aren’t making it seem like there is no storage space for the buyers. Your boxes could probably get placed in a storage unit or garage for temporary purposes.

Speaking of your garage, it should also be clean. Keep it organized and if you have a lot of stuff in it make sure it’s in a corner or stacked neatly so that they have the chance to get an idea of how much room is actually available for them to use. You could also paint the floor if it is too stained up to be overlooked.

Your patio should be inviting enough for the buyers to anticipate spending time out there once they move. A setup with a porch swing and a grill possibly makes it seem very homey and can make the difference in a sale or a viewing.

Your pool, if you have one, should be in operating condition and clean unless the investment will be too large to fix. The potential buyers are not going to want to have to spend thousands of dollars just to get the equipment in operating order. A sprinkler system falls under these same guidelines as well.

These are only a few tips to ensuring that your home has the best possible chances of getting sold quickly and appealing to buyers who come for a showing.


Posted by

contact Doretha Caldwell at 910-286-9396 or visit at





Comments (2)

Scott Hayes
(512) 786-8300 - Austin, TX
Realty Austin, Broker Associate

Good tips Doretha. The garage always seems to be a tough point with some sellers.

Jun 15, 2010 04:41 PM
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Very good blog and some excellent advice for the home seller!

Jun 15, 2010 05:11 PM