Getting Your Property Ready for Sale

Prepare your home by clearing clutter, staging furniture, and making sure it is in the best shape possible. Follow these nine tips to boost your home’s value and increase the chances of a successful sale.
  1. Upgrade your outdoor area as that is the first thing a potential buyer will see. Invest in some landscaping to beautify your lawn, give the exterior a nice paint job (use neutral colors), add some outdoor lighting, and why not install a fence?
  2. Check the locks on all doors and windows. Make sure they work properly and replace any missing keys.
  3. The kitchen is the most often visited portion of most American homes. More than likely, visitors will make their way to the kitchen first, so invest in upgrading your kitchen and its appliances and throw away any outdated ones.
  4. Clean up the clutter in every room of the house (make sure there’s no junk mail piling up). Remove things that don’t belong in a particular space – like a box labeled “kitchen” in the living room!
  5. Replace old light bulbs with energy-efficient ones or get new fixtures altogether if required. And while you’re at it, make sure the electrical outlets are all working.
  6. If any repairs need to be made, prepare a list of costs for things like tiles, lightbulbs, etc., and work out an arrangement with your real estate agent so they can take care of it before the property is shown. 
  7. Remove all personal items from your home – this will prepare it for viewing and prevent buyers from feeling like they’ll be living in someone else’s space. Make sure you also remove any food packaging, opened snacks, and dishes with leftovers.
  8. Prepare the garage for sale. You can also set up a lookout at the front of your property to keep an eye on anyone coming in and out.
  9. Clean all windows, sills, and gutters.