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do these things to help your home sell faster and for more money

do these things to help your home sell faster and for more money

Staging a home prior to listing can result in a faster and more profitable sale.[1] In fact, the Real Estate Staging Association estimates that professionally staged properties spend 73 percent less time on the market, receive more foot traffic, and typically sell for more money.[2]

These 10 tips can help you get your home “show ready” prior to hitting the market. These easy and cost-effective ideas will help your house look its best—and help buyers visualize themselves living there. Even if you’re not currently in the market to sell, you can use these tactics to breathe new life into your existing home decor.

To get a plan customized for your particular property, call me to schedule a free consultation. I’m happy to share my

knowledge of the buyer preferences in your neighborhood so you’ll know where to focus your time, money and energy to maximize your results.


Clutter is all the extra stuff we all have in our homes, in every nook-and-cranny, closet, on every shelf and under our beds, even cupboards and drawers. Overflowing closets and cluttered countertops make your house feel small and cramped. In contrast, sparsely-filled closets and clear countertops will make your home appear larger and assure buyers that there will be plenty of room to store their belongings.

My general rule is to go through your house and remove, regift, throw-out half your stuff. Then go through again and remove half of that.

Don’t neglect drawers, cupboards and even your refrigerator in your decluttering efforts.

Photo by Aaron Huber on Unsplash


From carpets to bathrooms to appliances, having a clean home is a MUST. To achieve this, you may want to invest in a professional cleaning service for your home, carpets and upholsteries.In addition to cleaning, it’s equally important to neutralize odors that can be off-putting to buyers, especially pet smells and cigarette smoke.

Try to keep your home in clean, show-ready condition while it’s on the market. You never know when a potential buyer will want to drop by for a viewing.


Your family photos and personal mementos are often your most treasured possessions. For many of us, they are what make a house a home. However, buyers will have a hard time envisioning themselves living in a place if it feels like YOUR home.

When selling your home you want to remove as much of “you” as you can so buyers can see themselves in the home.

Pack any items that are personal to you and your family: photos, books, children’s artwork, travel souvenirs and religious items.


Along those same lines, bold color choices may not appeal to all buyers. By incorporating a neutral color palette throughout your home, buyers can better visualize the addition of their own furniture and decor, which may contrast with your current color scheme.

Don’t limit yourself to white and beige. Incorporating earth tones and midtone neutrals—like mocha and “greige” (grey-beige)—can add a touch of modern sophistication to your decor.[3]

Photo by Kara Michelle on Unsplash


You only get one chance to make a first impression. According to a 2017 report by the National Association of Realtors, 44 percent of home buyers drove by a property after viewing it online but did NOT go inside for a walkthrough.[4] That means if your curb appeal is lacking, buyers may never make it through the door.

Walk around your home and look for any neglected areas that might seem like “red flags” to buyers, such as missing roof shingles or rotted siding. Trim trees and shrubs if needed, add some colorful flowers to your front beds and/or flower boxes.


Kitchens and bathrooms will show better and appear larger if all items are cleared from the countertops, except for one or two decorative pieces.[6] If your cabinets are dingy or outdated, adding a fresh coat of paint and new hardware is an easy and inexpensive way to make them modern and bright. Purchase new bath mats and towels to complete the look.

Before each showing, make sure kitchens and baths are spotless and trash cans are empty and out of sight.


Buyers often imagine hosting family gatherings in their new home and the dining room plays a large role in that vision. If your dining room chairs are stained or outdated, you may want to recover them or use slipcovers. In most cases, an imperfect table can be camouflaged with a neutral and stylish tablecloth.

Dress up the table using nice tableware and cloth napkins or a table runner and centerpiece.


Start in your living room and think about what you want to emphasize (and de-emphasize) about the space. Use a symmetrical seating arrangement to create a cozy conversation area adjacent to the focal point.If the room is small, consider removing some of the furniture to make it feel larger, especially oversized pieces.

For small bedrooms, remove all the furniture except the bed, bedside tables and a dresser. If it’s a large room, add one or two chairs and a table to create a seating area.[9]

Make sure each space in your home has a clearly defined purpose. For example, if you’ve been using an extra bedroom as a catch-all storage space, stage it as a guest room or office instead. Help buyers imagine how they could use the space themselves.[3]


Lighting can have a drastic impact on the look and feel of a home. Make sure windows are clean, and open curtains and blinds to let in the maximum amount of daylight.

Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash

Each room should have three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (such as a reading lamp or under-cabinet light), and accent (such as a floor or table lamp).

Aim for a goal of 100 total watts per 50 square feet.[10]


While your home’s interior often takes center stage, don’t forget about staging your home’s outdoor areas to help buyers imagine how they could utilize the space.

Even a small patio can become a selling feature with the addition of a cafe table and chairs. Add a tray of plates and coffee cups to help buyers envision a peaceful breakfast on the back porch.

Place chairs and wine glasses around an outdoor firepit or hang a hammock with a book in your favorite shady spot.[3]


If you’re in the market to sell your home, this list provides a great starting point for your preparations. But nothing beats the trained eye and expertise of a real estate agent. Before you do any work, I recommend consulting a professional for advice about your particular property.

I offer free, no-commitment seller consultations and will walk through your home with you to help you assess which projects and upgrades are worth your time and money, and which ones you can skip.

As a local market expert, I am intimately familiar with buyer preferences in this area. I’ll run a comparative market analysis to find out how your home compares to others currently on the market, as well as those that have recently sold. Then I’ll tailor a custom plan to suit your particular property, budget and needs.

Please call or email me today with questions and let’s have a #realestateconversation. 


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One thought on “do these things to help your home sell faster and for more money”

  • Richard

    October 29, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    I agree about removing the clutters because it will help in making your house looks clean, organized and spacious. Nice blog by the way and thanks for sharing!


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