Things to Do To Your Home - Even If You're Not Sure You Are Going to List

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What if you really aren't sure if you are going to put your house up for sale? Perhaps you are looking at a potential new job in another area of the city but you aren't sure you will get it. Or you will only sell if you find that perfect house; or maybe you aren't sure if the market is a good one for you right now.


You are in a situation where there are so many pieces to the puzzle that you don't know.


This does happen and sometimes people get paralyzed thinking about what they should or should not do to their house when things are up in the air. This may help as there are many things you can do now to get your home ready to go on the market that isn't a waste of time.




1) Clean Out Closets    

This is a must when you are selling your home and if you are like me, it is actually a must most of the time. This is a way to get ahead of the list of things to do by purging and organizing now.

Try to have a lot of your floor space open and clear as this will make your closet look bigger. Having your hanging cloths with a little space versus crammed close together will also help.


2) Paint

If your walls are looking scuffed, scratched or they haven't been painted in 5 years or more.....get out the brushes or hire a professional. Fresh clean walls with updated colors is one of the best returns on investment for selling your home. Get a head start on that painting project!


3) Repairs

You may have yearly maintenance repairs that are past due or even some large repairs that you have been putting off. Now is the time. A buyer will many times reduce the asking price by 3 times the amount it will cost you to make a repair. This is because they don't know how much it will cost and they don't want the hassle.

With a critical eye walk around your home and make a checklist of what needs repair and start scratching things off that list.


    4) Clean and organize cupboards, pantries and vanities

Oh and you will feel so much better! LOL But a buyer the more organized these spaces are the larger they will seem. A cupboard stuffed full sends a signal that you don't have enough space and many times this isn't the case, we just haven't taken time to toss out the old expired foods or donate some of the extra plastic glasses. A buyer will always emotionally feel more connected to a house that is organized rather than in disarray.


So look at all the things you can do to get a jump start on putting your house on the market even when you aren't sure when that will be. The worst that can happen is you are ahead of the game AND  you can enjoy the organized repaired space in the meantime. Your challenge will be to keep it that way!


A more detailed and comprehensive list to get your house in top selling condition can be obtained by scheduling a Home Staging Consultation with a professional Home Stager.





Comments (19)

Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Great post and valuable tips for the home owner to read. Thanks for sharing, I hope you have a great week ahead.

Aug 26, 2019 09:02 AM
Shar Sitter

Thank you Pat Champion . You have a great week as well!

Aug 26, 2019 05:01 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Shar Sitter - This is a wonderful post with great ideas to live clutter-free. Selling or not, it's the best way to honor and respect your home or wherever you live. 

Aug 26, 2019 09:28 AM
Shar Sitter

That is so very very true Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

Aug 26, 2019 05:02 PM
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

Hi Shar Sitter These are great tips for home owners looking to do small renovations on a budget

Aug 26, 2019 09:41 AM
Shar Sitter

Thank you Abby Stiller 

Aug 26, 2019 05:02 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Great advice Shar. Start somewhere instead of waiting til the last minute. 

Aug 26, 2019 11:22 AM
Shar Sitter

I know! Those last minute people get so overwhelmed Lyn Sims 

Aug 26, 2019 05:02 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Shar - great ideas for those folks not sure if they're moving or not! No sense in waiting until the last minute to start getting stuff accomplished should they sell. And if they don't - they can appreciate how nice and organzied everything looks. And what's funny to me - is I did exactly that and we ended up not relocating! But I loved the new and improved house!

Aug 26, 2019 02:30 PM
Shar Sitter

I know Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 . So many people that get ready to sell wish they had purged years ago! :)


Aug 26, 2019 05:03 PM
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Everything you mention is not big in itself but when a homeseller tries to accomplish it all in a few weeks it becomes insurmountable.

Great idea to get potential sellers to chip away bit by bit.

Aug 26, 2019 02:54 PM
Shar Sitter

Amen Margaret Goss . Moving is stressful enough and then sellers try to get the house ready in a week or two when it hasn't been touched for years. Too much!

Aug 26, 2019 05:04 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

These are so true and they’re making me smile and laugh a little and there’s nothing wrong with that aspect of it lol. :)

Aug 26, 2019 05:42 PM
Shar Sitter

Laughter is always good right Laura Cerrano .

Aug 27, 2019 05:34 PM
L. Scott Ferguson
Ask4Ferguson - Your House-SOLD Name in Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Sunny Florida Real Estate Professional



All of these are awesome points!  Hope you don't mind that I re-blog!



Aug 26, 2019 06:24 PM
Shar Sitter

Oh thank you! I appreaciate away!

Aug 27, 2019 05:35 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Shar can take you far.....let her

Aug 26, 2019 06:34 PM
Shar Sitter

Oh and you are a poet it too Richie Alan Naggar !

Aug 27, 2019 05:36 PM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

I've been telling my wife this for months. Our pantry is a joke. Let's clean it out. 

Aug 27, 2019 05:00 AM
Shar Sitter

Oh may want to show her this post and blame me Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector . Take the heat off yourself!

Aug 27, 2019 05:37 PM
Gordon Crawford
Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team - Morristown, NJ
Your Morris County Specialist!

Shari, wonderful post.  Agree, even if you're not getting ready to sell, it's a good exercise to do.  Many times when the house is all cleaned up and ready to go, the client will say, I should have done this before I was moving!

Aug 27, 2019 06:47 AM
Shar Sitter

Yup I get that all the time Gordon Crawford . Wondering why they waited until selling to get their home in top shape!

Aug 27, 2019 05:37 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Shar - when enjoyment is enhanced, there are many benefits. 

Aug 27, 2019 08:50 AM
Shar Sitter

Amen Michael Jacobs 

Aug 27, 2019 05:38 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Shar, great information whether listing or not.  I can see why this got feature.


Aug 27, 2019 09:01 AM
Shar Sitter

Thank you Will Hamm !

Aug 27, 2019 05:38 PM
Karen Rice Madison AL Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Madison - Madison, AL
256-348-1527 Call/Text

Our home environment plays such a factor in overall wellbeing,  we should all follow your advice right away.

Aug 27, 2019 09:26 AM
Shar Sitter

It is an easy one to put off that's for sure Karen Rice Madison AL Realtor 

Aug 27, 2019 05:39 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Shar Sitter ,

So glad to see this post featured! Sage advice for homeowners whether selling or staying put. Not huge tasks but would be if you suddenly felt you had to move and get your home on the market!

Aug 27, 2019 07:06 PM
Shar Sitter

Thank you Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR . Sorry for the delay in commenting back....was crazy busy with the Parade of Homes!

Sep 18, 2019 10:09 AM
Dinah Stallworth-Lewis
Priority Real Estate LLC - 318.332.8281 - Natchitoches, LA

Good Morning Shar Sitter,

This is excellent advice to potential sellers.  And, whether they sell or not, getting organized and tasks complted always feel good.  Congratulations on the feature!

Aug 29, 2019 04:25 AM
Shar Sitter

Thank you Dinah Stallworth-Lewis . My good friend's name is don't see if often! And my apologies for the late comment back to you.....I got crazy busy with the Parade of Homes for a few weeks.


Sep 18, 2019 10:10 AM