How Do I Get My House Ready to Sell?

Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Purpose Driven

One of the most common questions that I get from family and friends, besides, "How's the real estate market?" is "How do I get my house ready to sell?"

I've written lengthy posts on this topic before, but it bears repeating.  Here is the quick version:


1.  Fix it.  If it looks or acts broken, fix it.

2.  Paint it.  Any rooms that are not neutral, go ahead and paint them a neutral color, especially in the living room, kitchen, and master bedroom.

3.  Floor it.  Carpet have stains?  Clean it or replace it.  Hardwoods in bad shape?  Go ahead and refinish them.  Laminate peeling up?  You get the idea.  Replace it.

4.  Light it.  If there are any older light fixtures, go ahead and replace them, especially in the rooms I previously mentioned and the dining area.

5.  Stage it.  Remove the majority of your photos, eliminate/store as much stuff as possible, pare down the furniture to just basics, go for the "model home" look.

That's it!  If you do all of these things, your home should be ready to go.



__Nicole Donaghy is a Realtor and Blogger in the Columbia, SC area, specializing in Lexington, West Columbia, and Lake Murray

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Nicole S. Donaghy, Realtor

ERA Wilder Realty

5078 Sunset Blvd.

Lexington, SC 29072

803-917-9900 cell

Comments (4)

Suzanne & Brian Asher
Signature Properties of Huntington - Huntington, NY
The Winning Team in Real Estate

Great Ideas!!!  Sometimes the light fixtures might have a few burned out bulbs..........  The room looks dull and unappealing, and they just don't understand!!!!!

Jan 21, 2011 01:44 PM
Victoria Lorusso
Illustrated Properties - North Palm Beach, FL
Florida and CT Real Estate

The exact advise I use.  Great always to pass this stuff on.  Thanks!

Jan 21, 2011 01:46 PM
Nicole Donaghy
Re/Max Purpose Driven - Lexington, SC
Helping Families Home in Lexington and Columbia

Suzanne - that's so true!  And, some mild air freshener never hurts!  Victoria - great minds think alike!  Thanks to you both for stopping by!

Jan 23, 2011 01:08 PM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Very well said. Outdated light fixtures are one of my pet peeves as it is so inexpensive to change them out.

Jan 29, 2011 08:32 AM