Top 3 Things to Do When Preparing Your Home For Sale

Real Estate Agent with Danielle Goheen Real Estate Team


1. De-Clutter. How is a buyer expected to focus on all the things that are great about your house when they are either A. tripping over your furniture or B. distracted by by all your family photos. If you have a lot of furniture, put some of it in storage. Taking heavy pieces out will not only help your home show better, but make your home feel more open and spacious, which generates more sales dollars. 

2. Fresh Paint. Dollar for dollar, their is no better way to freshen up your house for market. There are a few different benefits to fresh paint. One, painting neutral colors makes your home more marketable to prospective buyers, as well as makes it feel updated and fresh. If your home is painted in loud or gender specific colors, or there is peeling/chipping paint, the buyer will either mentally make a huge discount in their head as an excuse to lower the price or get a paint allowance, or just not put in an offer at all.

3. Clean. I cannot stress the importance enough. When the house isn't clean for a showing, the buyer will not only be turned off, but they will also seriously question if the homeowner has maintained the home and will be much less likely to consider purchasing it. 

Contact me today for a free list of more specific staging or cleaning tips to prepare your home for sale.

Comments (4)

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

Cleaning and decluttereing are certainly the most imprtant things to do and do not cost much.

Sep 29, 2010 12:35 AM
Richard Shuman
The Only B.S. I Have is from the University of Massachusetts - Lake Mary, FL
Real Estate Broker - Orlando Area - Love Referrals

Great Advice - It amazes me when I show a home that has crap all over the floors, counters, and bathroom. I see it almost everyday!

Sep 29, 2010 12:50 AM
Jay Schmitt
Keller Williams Keystone Realty - Gettysburg, PA
Gettysburg Real Estate Agent

All a must if you are looking to sell fast and get as much $ as possible.

Sep 29, 2010 12:57 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

And don't forget it's PRICE, PRICE, PRICE  to sell it quickly!

Sep 29, 2010 12:59 AM