How to Prepare Your House to Sell

Posted by: Baldwin REALTORS® on Monday, May 20, 2019

Every seller wants their home to sell fast and bring in top dollar, but it takes quite a bit to make this happen. This includes careful planning and knowing how to professionally tidy up your home so that you’ll convince homebuyers to make an offer – and quick! Let’s start with the basics:


Depersonalize and Declutter the Space

Pack up all personal photos and clear the space. You’ll have to do it eventually when you move, and buyers tend to have a hard time seeing past personal items to visualize their belongings in your home. There is nothing worse than a distracted buyer.


Make Minor Repairs

Making minor repairs removes the lived-in look your house might give off to buyers. Replace dingy carpets or cracked counter tiles and patch any holes in the walls.


Make the House Sparkle

Cleaning your home should go beyond the usual weekly or day-to-day cleaning jobs, even if you have to hire someone to do it. This deep clean should include washing the windows – rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior too.

Pay attention to the bathrooms and the kitchen especially. Kitchens are a big selling point for many buyers, so you’ll want yours to be as spotless and uncluttered as possible.


The Final Step

You’re almost finished now that you’ve tidied up, repaired and organized. Now it’s time to move to staging your home. Home staging is all about illusions. It’s beyond decorating and cleaning. Staging makes your house look bigger, brighter, cleaner, more loving and best of all, it makes homebuyers want to buy it. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, every $100 you invest in home staging can bring a return of $400. Additionally, eighty-three percent of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home. To learn more about the benefits of staging, check out this news release.



There you have it! Put these items at the top of your to-do list when preparing to sell, right below calling a Baldwin REALTOR® to list your house.


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