Preparing Your House For Sale

Preparing your home for sale is a big job, so we’ve provided the following guidelines to get you started. A home that looks good appeals to more buyers and will sell faster and for a higher price!


In preparing your home for the market, spend as little money as possible. Buyers will be impressed with things like a new roof or windows, but you aren’t likely to recover a good percentage of your costs. Here are some quick fixes that will help to put more money in your pocket:

  • Make sure there are no leaky faucetspreparing-your-home-for-sale-3
  • Re-caulk worn or damaged caulk around showers, tubs, sinks and toilets
  • Repair damaged countertops, sinks or tubs
  • Make sure sinks are clean and stain free
  • Clean tile grout
  • Replace missing or damaged tiles
  • Tighten or replace loose doorknobs or cabinet pulls
  • Fix sticky doors and drawers
  • Replace toilet seats, if needed
  • Steam clean carpets, if needed
  • If carpets are especially “lumpy”, consider having them re-stretched
  • Replace worn out vent covers
  • Repair cracks in ceilings and walls
  • Repaint worn, faded or stained interior walls
  • Whitewash dark paneling
  • Make sure all light bulbs are working and are at the maximum allowable wattage
  • Clean all light fixtures
  • All drains should be clean and free flowing
  • All toilets should be in good working order
  • Inspect, clean and change the furnace filter
  • Make sure smoke alarms are in working order
  • Repair a broken doorbell
  • Clear all overgrown brush and debris from your yard
  • Power wash your deck and re-stain if necessary
  • Remove all unnecessary items from your yard such as gardening equipment
  • Replace your welcome mat
  • Add colorful plants or flowers near the front door or porch area
  • Clean, clean, clean! (This is so important, we have developed a Clean De-Clutter and Stage Checklist)