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Preparing to Sell

Improve curb appeal

  • Power wash the house and outdoor furniture. Replace and paint decayed wood trim.  Wash windows.  Trim bushes.  Fertilize lawn.  Rake leaves.  Edge and mulch beds.  Plant colorful annuals.

Maximize interior space

  • Declutter.  Decorate sparsely to give walls, tables and shelves a spacious appearance.  Put excess furniture in storage. Add color (pillows, throws, towels).


  • Touch up ceilings, walls and trim. Polish cabinets and furniture.  Steam clean carpets and drapes.  Re-seal and polish floors.  Organize the garage and attic.


  • If your home is 10+ years old, odds are it is a bit out-of-date. Consider replacing cabinet handles, towel bars, ceiling fans, light fixtures, mirrors, outlet covers, door knobs and locksets.

Make repairs

  • Proactively repair leaky roofs, fogged windows, broken shutters, leaky faucets, and slow-draining sinks.  Caulk the kitchen sink and bathrooms.  Replace burned-out light bulbs.
  • You’ll lose leverage with potential future buyers if your contracted buyer opts out of the deal during the Due Diligence period due to a bad home inspection report.

Next steps

  • Execute an agency agreement
  • Prepare your home for sale
  • Schedule interior design consultation, professional site photography, and floor plan measurements
  • Design and print marketing collateral
  • List property for sale in the Multiple Listing Service
  • Place signage in yard and initiate the marketing plan

It typically takes 2-4 weeks to prepare a home for sale.