Prepping Your Home For Sale – Part 1

July 11, 2023


If you are thinking of selling your home in 2023 or even in 2024, there is really no better time to go ahead and start the work you need to do so your home gets top dollar when the time comes to list it! Selling your home can be a daunting task, but with proper planning and organization, you can make the process smoother and ensure you get top dollar for your property.


Getting your home ready to sell can feel overwhelming, but breaking down the tasks can make it more manageable. Start by creating a comprehensive list of everything that needs to be done. This should include any repairs, even small ones, that you’ve been putting off, any unfinished decorating projects, and any organizing tasks you’ve been meaning to tackle.  Don’t forget to do any touch up paint that is needed as well as caulking any cracks you see.  Decluttering should also be included on the list. Depending on the length of your list, it may take a few weeks or several weekends to complete everything. Remember, buyers can be picky, so the more you can do to address these tasks, the more likely you are to get top dollar for your home. One strategy that worked for me was using post-it notes. I walked through my house and put a note on each item that needed attention. As I completed each task, I removed the corresponding note. It was a satisfying way to track my progress and keep me motivated. By starting now and tackling these cleaning and maintenance tasks, you’ll be well-prepared to put your house on the market in 2023 or 2024 and get the best possible price for it.


After you’ve made your to-do list, the next step is to go ahead and purge. This is a great opportunity to decide what items you want to move with you to your new home and what you don’t want to take along. Take your time and go through each room, carefully considering each item. Sort them into three piles: donate, trash, or sell. By doing this, you’ll be able to declutter your space and leave behind the things that no longer serve you. For the items you do want to move, it’s worth considering if any of them can be packed away. If it’s summer, for example, you can easily pack away your winter items since you won’t be needing them anytime soon. This will not only free up space in your closets but also save you time and effort when it comes time to actually move. Remember, preparing now will make the moving process smoother and less stressful. Plus, it’s a chance to start fresh in your new home without unnecessary clutter weighing you down. So go ahead and start purging, it’s an important step towards a more organized and hassle-free move!


Now that you’ve decluttered and purged each room, the next step is to dive into deep cleaning each room. Trust me, the effort will be worth it! Start by dusting the baseboards, those often neglected areas that accumulate dust and dirt. Then, give your wood floors some extra love by waxing them to bring out the natural shine. Don’t forget about the carpets! Shampooing them will remove any stains or odors, leaving them fresh and clean. Next, tackle the cupboards – wipe them down inside and out for a spotless look. Clean your windows inside and out, so the natural light can shine through. And let’s not forget about the blinds and curtains – dust them off and give them a good clean to remove any built-up grime. Deep cleaning each room will not only make it look fantastic, but also make it easier to maintain for day-to-day cleaning. Potential buyers will appreciate the attention to detail and the feeling of a well-cared for home. So grab your cleaning supplies, put on some upbeat music, and get ready to transform your space into a clean and inviting haven!


First impressions are crucial when it comes to selling your home. Buyers often form an opinion about a property within seconds of seeing it, so it’s important to make sure your house has fantastic curb appeal. Start by taking a step outside and evaluating the front of your home. Is the lawn well-maintained? Consider adding some colorful flowers or plants to give it a fresh and inviting look. Take a look at the mailbox and front door – a coat of paint can do wonders in terms of making them look new and appealing. Additionally, replacing old house numbers with new ones can add a touch of style. Don’t forget to assess the state of the siding – a power washing or new paint job may be necessary. Take a close look at your patio or deck as well – make sure it’s clean, well-maintained, and has some inviting furniture. Trim any overgrown bushes and rake leaves if needed. Lastly, fresh mulch can make your flower beds look neat and vibrant. Taking the time to enhance the curb appeal of your home will surely make a positive impact on potential buyers!

If you are thinking of selling your home and would like a second set of eyes to take a look at it and make some recommendations, feel free to give me a call.  I would be happy to help!  And stay tuned for Part 2 of this series “Prepping Your Home For Sale” where I will talk a little bit about Decorating and Staging your home!