Preparing Your Home for Sale

Today’s real estate market can be cutthroat. The smallest disadvantage could cause you to miss out on a sale. If your home doesn’t make a great first impression, buyers will move on to the next property without giving it a second thought. There’s a lot you can do to make your house more appealing to potential buyers.  Get the best price and sell your home more quickly by taking these steps to make it look its best.

Curb Appeal

The first thing buyers will see when they come to your home is the front yard.  Begin your preparations there to make sure the first impression of your house is a positive one. Start at the curb and work your way up the front door. (They don’t call it curb appeal for no reason!)  People don’t want to buy a place that needs work, so make sure you’re caught up on your landscaping and exterior maintenance.  Mow the lawn, weed the garden and trim the hedges to make your landscape look spectacular.  You should also inspect your front walkway and driveway.  Remove any weeds that have managed to grow in the cracks and consider resealing your driveway if it’s in poor repair.

Once your yard is in order, it’s time to look at the front of your house. A fresh coat of paint on your front and garage doors will go a long way to making your home look newer.  If you have a fence, make sure it’s in good shape and give it a new coat of paint or stain as well. Don’t forget to clean the gutters and windows – dirty windows are a turn-off and look older than they really are.  Updating your exterior lighting is another quick way to improve your home’s curb appeal. Replace builder grade fixtures with stylish new choices from your local home renovation store. And don’t forget a new welcome mat!  It’s such a simple way to make your front door more inviting.


Setting up a house to live in is very different than preparing a home for sale.  When staging your home for sale, you want to create a hotel-like feel. Potential buyers should walk into your house and think “Yes, I could see myself living here!” This means you need to remove all the personal items that make your house a home. Pictures, trophies, and knick-knacks should be packed away and stored until you’re ready to take them out in your new place.  Getting extra furniture out of the way will make rooms seem bigger and allow visitors to imagine their furniture in the space. Plan to store extra seating or tables elsewhere so they don’t add clutter. Shampoo carpets to ensure they look their best.  If your walls are dingy or the color is dated, interior painting is a must. Select a modern but neutral color to make your home feel fresh.

Hire an Agent

Once all your preparations are finished, the best way to get buyers into your home is to hire a real estate agent. An agent knows the market and neighborhood and will be able to bring the right buyers to your door. If you’re looking to buy a home in Milton, visit Kormendy Trott to get your home listed and sold.