Top ways to fix-up your home before selling

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When you make the decision to sell your home, it’s important to ensure your home stands out as much as possible. Potential buyers will see plenty of great houses like yours, so even the littlest of things can make a huge difference. Just remember, the devils in the details.


Remove Reminders of You

A quick and easy fix is simply to just remove family photos. You want buyers to be able to project themselves into the space and imagine what it would be like if they lived there. Having reminders that someone that’s not them current lives there will take them out of the moment and you just might lose them.



Look, we all know your teal walls speak to you. You want your house to be your house. However, you’ll want your house to be a bit of a blank canvas for buyers to enter and be filled with thoughts of its potential. Touch up the paint and tone down the statement colors.


Make it stand out

As I said earlier, buyers will see a ton of great houses. Now ask yourself, which house will they remember – the one with the beautiful and well-manicured yard, or the one that looks like a koala bear with narcolepsy was in charge of mowing?


Hide the clutter

Simply investing in baskets to hide things such as TV remotes and magazines can make a drastic difference when showing a home. You want potential buyers to be able to breathe in your home. Having too much clutter can make it seem smaller and messy.


Get it cleaned

Having your home cleaned before showing is a great idea. Buyers will notice when they walk through. Nothing is worse than showing a home with unpleasant odors or stains. Get it cleaned and keep it clean!



Selling your home without a good agent (me!) can be stressful with lots of steps to figure out to make it work.  If you have any questions on what improvements to make to get more value on your house, I'd love to hear from you.


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Comments (4)

David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

So true Ana, you want buyers to look at the house, not the clutter and mess.

May 06, 2015 02:48 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Ana - Great tips on how to get your home fixed up, or ready to sell.

May 06, 2015 03:30 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Good list...especially that clean/clean/clean!

May 06, 2015 03:32 AM
Rob Marken
Bend River Realty - Bend, OR
25+ years experience in Bend

 Great tips! I agree that you really want the home to be a little of a blank slate. Removing clutter and photos is always a great way to start. Thanks for sharing. 

May 06, 2015 04:09 AM