Preparing your Home for Sale

Before selling a house, one has to thoroughly prepare their house for selling. By taking certain steps, the home owners can ensure great activity in terms of showings on their home and their home will get sold for the highest amount of money, with the least amount of problems, within a short span of time.

The first step that one has to take is to mentally disassociate from the house where they have lived for many years. By mentally conditioning themselves with the fact that the house is going to be sold, home owners can look at the property with the eyes of a potential buyer, not being attached to the sentimental value the home has brought.

The next thing the home owners should do is to take away much of their personal memorabilia such as photos and souvenirs, these should be largely removed from the walls and bookcases of their home. When a prospective buyer comes to see the property these personal belongings, photos, memorabilia, etc. are a mental distraction and buyers find it more difficult to “imagine” themselves as the new home owners, their interest levels will go down and eventually they go in search of another property.

You’ve heard “cleanliness is next to godliness”? Maybe it’s time for a professional cleaning and deodorizing of the home. As home owners, were generally more worried about finding our next home, packing or trying to figure out the perfect neighborhood for the relocation. It’s a great time get some professional help with de-clutter, cleaning, carpet cleaning, window washing and painting… a great source for quick reasonable help is, but always check for references and insurance.

Prospective buyers are interested in seeing behind every door, every nook and cranny including the attic, so spruce things up, make sure the lighting works. You’ll have to ensure that everything is stored properly in a neat manner.

Then one of the most important things to consider while preparing your house for sale is to set right any problems related to “deferred maintenance”. Some of the areas include maintenance to the eves, soffits and gutters, repairing or replacing cracked tiles cleaning up the grout, repairing leaky faucets and doors that don’t close properly… a fresh set of eyes by the realtor you hire from will provide a list of “must do’s”.

With respect to the paint, home owners have to ensure that requiring walls are repainted with a fresh soothing color and not the color which their family might have liked in 1982.

And of course curb appeal is THE #1 First Impression the potential buyers will have… make sure it’s the best looking lawn and landscaping on the block, even if it’s never looked that way before.


Author Jeff Hammerberg is the Founding CEO of ~ The Nation’s Largest Free Directory of Gay Real Estate Agents, Lesbian Realtors and Gay Friendly Real Estate Agents offering Free Buyers Representation, Free Sellers Competitive Market Analysis and Free Relocation Kits in Any City, USA.