David Brown
Coldwell Banker Realty

Preparing Your Home for Sale

Properly pricing and preparing your home for sale are the two most important steps in getting your home sold quickly, for the highest price, with the least amount of hassle to you.

Once we agree to the initial listing price, you can begin the process of getting your home ready for market.  The fact is, clean, well-prepared homes command higher prices.  It helps too, if you can get past the emotional aspect of selling your home and try and think like a buyer that will be coming in to tour your home.  Here are the steps to take to get prepared:

  • Create a clean, clutter-free environment.  Dirty, cluttered homes give the impression of an ill-cared for property.  By creating a clean environment, interested buyers will feel more confident about the home.  Go through your closets, cabinets and drawers and donate those things that you no longer need or use. Then, de-personalize the home.  Remove personal photos and artwork and put away any bold décor items.  Washing windows and opening shades helps create a brighter, welcoming environment.  Organize your basement, garage and attic if applicable.
  • Address obvious repairs.  Broken windows, dents in the garage door, non-working faucets and door bells, burned out light bulbs - these are all minimal fixes that should be taken care of before your home goes on the market.  If there are difficult areas to clean, try painting, repairing or replacing.  I can help you find service contractors to remediate repair issues.  When you are uncertain of the integrity of the major systems in your home, it's a great idea to hire a "pre-listing" home inspector to clarify the condition of these systems (heating, electricity, roof, windows, etc).
  • Minimize where possible.  The less furniture, décor and personal items you have out on display, the better. Your home will look larger and the buyer will see your home more clearly.  You might think about putting any unnecessary items in storage (a PODS in the driveway for instance) in order to keep clutter to a minimum.  Some moving companies will store your belongings for a certain period of time between moves.
  • Add details and touches that matter.  Your property needs to feel like a potential "home" to buyers. Small touches like fresh flowers, a new welcome mat and the scent of freshly baked cookies can make a positive impact during showings and open houses.