Preparing a Home for Sale

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A home that is presented well with a bit of polish on some of the rough spots has a better chance of appealing to potential buyers and ultimately leading to a sale. Deciding which improvements to make, how to spend your money, and where to devote the most time will largely come down to the space you are trying to sell. For homes with an impressive kitchen, you’ll want to make sure that the space looks refreshed. Selling your home is an active process. Your agent most likely has some connections and ideas on where to start, but your efforts will largely determine your return on investment.


Staging is the action of literally setting up a house to look a certain way. It’s a common practice in real estate meant to grab a buyer’s attention. Staging can often add a personal touch to a home before being sold, one that requires an objective approach to your house. Small fixes indoors, like repairing a leaky faucet or replacing some loose molding, are cheap and may help make your property more appealing.

If you don’t have ideas, or find it difficult to break free of your own attachment to the home, a real estate agent like Joseph Villaescusa can help you rearrange. Someone with an artistic eye may offer a more interesting perspective, or could help you identify focal points in the home where buyers are likely to congregate. Investors looking to flip property often deal with spaces that are empty. In cases like this it could be a good idea to rent furniture to give the home that “lived in” appeal. Staging also extends to the yards, where small improvements can make the outdoor space seem more attractive.

Curb Appeal

Your outdoor space is just as much a part of the house. Keep bushes trimmed, mow the lawn before you show the home and get rid of clutter that may spring up around the home. That often means going through your garage or your storage closet to root out some of the old junk you don’t need anymore. Hold a yard sale before you show the house and use some of that extra money to invest in flowers to add some color to your front yard.

Water your lawn well, and check the foundation of your home for cracks. Make small improvements on loose siding for your home, and touch up paint where necessary. No need for a new coat of paint, unless your home is crumbling. Do give the front door a fresh coat of paint or a staining as appropriate.


Which improvements to make largely comes down to your budget. It might be time to repaint a room you’ve been neglecting, or fix the bathroom sink. These are small, and relatively inexpensive fixes that can impact the selling price of your home. You want to try and eliminate some of these costs, but they do cut into the money you get from selling your home.

Create Ambiance 

Ambiance can be in the furniture and colors you use, or it can be in the fresh baked cookies coming out of the oven. Try to play some music, nothing corny, try classic jazz from names like Louis Armstrong or country. Don’t blare the volume, keep it low, like background music. Adjust lighting as necessary, open up the windows and let in some natural light. Make sure that the house looks, smells and feels accommodating. Let buyers peek around inside and get a feel for the space.

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