Prepping Your Home For Sale


First impressions are everything. When a buyer steps into your home, you don’t want them to be distracted by a funny smell, a wall covered by family photos, or a bookshelf stuffed with chachkies.

Buyers want to easily imagine themselves living in the home. For this reason, it’s imperative that you create a blank canvas when you are preparing to sell. This doesn’t mean getting rid of your antique furniture and all of your artwork. But it does mean you’ll have to create a clean space that doesn’t have your name written all over it.

To help you get ready to sell, follow these 3 steps:  

1. Declutter.

Selectively prune anything that distracts buyers from seeing your home’s potential. This means you should keep countertops clean with minimal items, and remove all or most personal photos. To boot, clean up and organize your bookcases and closets. You don’t have to remove your couch, but you may want to remove pieces of furniture that make the room feel overcrowded.

2. Clean.

Clean everything: your closets, countertops, window sills, baseboards, moulding, tile and grout. If you don’t want to do this yourself, consider hiring a cleaning service. Remember: this may be the biggest sale of your life and spending a little can go a long way.

3. Paint.

A fresh coat of paint on the walls can make all the difference. It also saves buyers the hassle and expense of painting when they first move in. But remember: this isn’t about choosing your favorite color. Stay neutral with shades of white, beige and grey. This way buyers can envision a blank slate for their own belongings. For warmer whites, I love Benjamin Moore Moonlight White, Simply White or White Dove. For cooler whites, check out Decorators White or Chantilly Lace.

Wondering what you need to do to get ready to sell? Invite me over and I’ll help you create an action plan!

Ariel Szabo