Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

Getting Your Home Ready to Sell
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Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

Before you put that “for sale” sign in your front yard, take some time to get your home ready to be viewed by real estate agents and potential home buyers!

  • De-clutter and de-personalize the interior by removing family photos, personal mementos and knickknacks from shelves and tabletops.


  • Clean out and rearrange closets and other storage areas so they look more spacious and not cramped. Hang clothing items by type, for instance, with shirts buttoned and facing in the same direction and shoes lined up. If necessary, rent a storage unit for overflow items.


  • Make minor repairs, like caulking tubs and showers, patching walls and replacing cracked tiles and grout. Wash windows inside and out and repaint uniquely painted inside walls so they are now a neutral color. Replace worn-out bedspreads, throw pillows, curtains or other fabrics. Air out the interior to eliminate food or pet odors.


  • Make sure the lawn is mowed and bushes are trimmed. If possible, place potted flowers on the porch near the entry.


  • Pay special attention to the kitchen: Remove small appliances, like toaster ovens and coffee makers from counters. Take everything out of the cabinets and pantry and wash the shelves and only put a few items back. Arrange canned goods by size and height and spices alphabetically.

Lastly, don’t forget to check with your manager or board for rules about real estate signs.


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