It's Not Too Early To Get Your House Ready To Sell

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

When you plan to move, it's never too early to prepare your house. In fact, by doing this, you will also enjoy your home while living in it. 

My friend shared the article from AARP  Magazine named

"Ready, Set, Sell Your home! Your one-year countdown." I

I used my notes below and made this today's radio topic.


  • Plan for storage
  • Declutter/edit
  • Get a pre-inspection
  • Leaky faucets/stained ceiling tiles
  • Contact your REALTOR®
  • Gather paperwork surveys, POA, warranties, death certs, Ground Rent
  • Post-month-long sales for bikes and sofas. forget the yard sale 
  • Donate the rest
  • Fix floor squeaks and cracked tiles, and make sure all doors are aligned and close smoothly
  • Curb appeal, new plants, clean trim, mulch
  • Power wash outside
  • Paint front door and mailbox or replace
  • Ask a friend to take a look-fresh eyes critique
  • Paperwork with Realtor, i.e., disclosures
  • Deep clean baths, kitchen
  • Get ready for photos
  • Book a moving company get recommendations-reviews-references-insurance
  • Clean Clean Clean windows, exhaust fans, ceiling fans
  • Photoshoot
  • Remove valuables-get them out of the house money, jewelry, RX drugs
  • Clean some more
  • Treat yourself-take to a few days off and let your agent show the house


Thinking of selling your home

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Margaret Rome
HomeRome Realty

Baltimore, Maryland

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Comments (13)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret many people do not realize how much work and time goes into preparing a house to be put on the market, so the earlier a Seller starts the better.

Sep 25, 2022 01:51 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

George Souto If we always thought about selling our house and keeping it ready, it would be much more enjoyable living in the house and then being ready to sell.

Sep 25, 2022 02:01 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Every seller I have worked with has underestimated how long it would take them to do all of that ... and possibly more!  It is never too early to start! 

Sep 25, 2022 03:03 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

So true, Kathleen. They always underestimate the amount of time to get ready to sell.

Sep 25, 2022 07:27 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I will be putting my third house on the market in less than four years and I have found that you are 100% right, you must start early.  This last house I wanted on the market October first.  I will miss it by a lot.  I did not schedule the new floor soon enough.  I should have known better!

Sep 25, 2022 03:50 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Ray, Real life works a bit different than the home shows on TV.

Sep 25, 2022 07:29 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I'm not getting ready to sell my home.  But, recently, I decided to pretend I was.  The amount of stuff, that was put in the trash, or donated was amazing.  Afterward, it felt like a fresh breeze had gone through my house.

Sep 25, 2022 05:06 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Margaret, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Sep 25, 2022 05:07 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Myrl Jeffcoat, I hope you have or will blog about your pretend move.

You are the perfect example! Go ahead and pretend you are moving. Another thing that works is to plan or pretend to plan  a big party at your house

Sep 25, 2022 07:33 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thanks for the feature, Myrl Jeffcoat 

Sep 25, 2022 07:34 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Oh definitely! When we were selling our last home, we started planning what we'd have to get rid of, put in storage or take with us at least six months before we moved. By the time we put the house on the market we were ready. But it took a long time!

Sep 26, 2022 05:31 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Margaret,
I keep telling myself I need to get my house ready to sell, even though I have no plans (at this point) to sell.  It never hurts to purge and organize.

Sep 26, 2022 08:52 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

I love this Margaret- Selling your home can be overwhelming for many. One way to ease some of the stress is to begin early...don't wait until the last minute. 

Sep 27, 2022 09:54 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Anyone who is thinking of selling next year should start getting the house ready now!!

Make  a list and tick off those to do items a little at a time

Sep 29, 2022 08:12 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Now is the time to start -- don't wait -- getting ready to sell your house. Following the steps outlined by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 you will be sure to have a successful transaction and at top dollar!  It's a win/win.  

Oct 03, 2022 11:59 AM