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Top 5 Things to Do Before You List Your Home

Top 5 Things to Do Before You List Your Home

You have decided to move. Now, your focus turns to selling

your existing home.  Not easy in this economic climate and

with fussy buyers rejecting your home by online browsing,

before they even step a foot into it.

P1050594 thumb Top 5 Things to Do Before You List Your Home


Your top priority should be to make your home look spotlessly

clean. Cleaning your home top to bottom will make the biggest return

in home selling price, a whopping 592% of the cost of cleaning,

according to HomeGain.  This means de-cluttering closets and storage

areas, carpeting, cleaning light fixtures, fans, and appliances until

they sparkle.  Animal odors, smoking, and food odors will turn off

potential buyers as soon as they walk in the door.  Those plug-in

fragrances won’t fool buyers, either.


Lightening and brightening your home is second on the list.

This means painting over dreary or stained walls with a fresh coat

of paint and replacing burnt out light bulbs.  If you have dark rooms

in your home, purchase some floor lamps to light up the area.


Home Staging is the third most important item you can do.

If you have too much furniture, or overly large furniture, it makes

your home look crowded.  If you have collections and

accumulations of stuff, it doesn’t look like there will room for the

new buyers furnishings.  Remember: Less is More, more room for

the new buyers home furnishings.


Landscaping in the yard is the fourth largest payback for sellers

compared to cost.  Take time to refresh bark in beds, trim overgrown

branches and foundation plantings; new buyers don’t want to move

in with a project list.  A pot of fresh flowers by the front door is also

a sign that you are proud of your home and take good care of it.


Electrical and plumbing repair is crucial to the new buyer. 

Take care of any issues because they will probably show up

on the inspection and that just gives buyers a chance to

bargain your home price down.  Most common is tub and shower

caulking that looks moldy.  Get it replaced with new caulk.  If

you have been considering upgrading your electrical system,

buyers will appreciate this as one more thing they don’t have

to do.


If you do these things, buyers will be more comfortable in

purchasing your home.  And why not enjoy the improvements

while you wait for the right buyer to come along?



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Comment balloon 3 commentsTerry & Bonnie Westbrook • April 09 2012 07:20AM


Thanks Terry and Bonnie for the list!  All these are so important in preparing the house for marketing!  Along with the #1 marketing tool .... PRICE!

Posted by Dan Hopper, Denver Broker / Author / Advocate/Short Sale (Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE) over 8 years ago

Dan, price is important, no doubt, but what you do to prepare makes a big difference in the price you can get.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 8 years ago

Good tips and I like the duck ! Good news from my Father -  !!!!

Posted by Liz Perry over 6 years ago

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