Last Minute Tips When Preparing Your Home For Sale

Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085

So, you want to sell your house. You've spent the last few weeks painting, taking care of deferred maintenance issues, and it's almost showtime! Are you ready? Let's take one more look around the house to be sure your HOUSE is ready...


  • Is the lawn freshly mowed? Are shrubs freeJanitor Cleaner Sweeping Broom Cartoon of weeds and flower beds fresh with mulch? 
  • Pressure wash the driveway, patio and sidewalks 
  • Remove any loose throw rugs that could be a trip hazard
  • Be sure the front door is welcoming and uncluttered. A fresh coat of paint and zero dust is a plus!
  • Remove cobwebs from every corner. Dust the ceiling fans and change the air filters
  • Organize your cabinets in the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry rooms
  • Remove excess candles, clutter, and remove most of your family photos
  • Be sure blinds, drapes, and windowsills are clean and dust free
  • Unless you are hiding an ugly view, open those blinds to let natural light into the home
  • Turn on a few lamps and keep the thermostat at a comfortable level. 
  • If possible, remove pets and their food, water, and litter boxes during showings


As a seller, you want to eliminate ANY objections from would-be buyers.

Anticipate and eliminate any turnoffs BEFORE they become an issue.

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Comments (6)

Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

We very much appreciate you sharing this information with us today. Make it happen this week.

Sep 16, 2016 11:17 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

All great tips for sellers to keep in mind and act upon when selling their home, Pat Starnes !

Sep 16, 2016 11:18 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are helpful tips for sellers getting ready to market a home, Pat!  You can't underestimate the power of first impressions.

Sep 17, 2016 08:35 AM
North Jersey Property Inspections, Inc - Saddle Brook, NJ

And...Don't forget to consider the benefits of a pre-listing home inspection!

Sep 17, 2016 10:15 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is excellent advice to share with prospective home sellers.

Have a great Friday and an outstanding weekend.

Sep 23, 2016 12:07 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Your tips are great last minute items to get the home ready for sale.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Sep 23, 2016 12:55 PM