How To Prep Your Home To Sell Fast

How To Prep Your Home To Sell Fast

I can't stress enough how important it is to get your property in its best possible condition prior to offering it for sale. Everyone wants to sell their home in the least amount of time at the best possible price, right?

The simple truth is that homes with great curb appeal and homes that are super clean, well maintained, and have pleasing decor sell faster and for more money than homes that don't measure up.It doesn't need to cost you a boatload of money . . . just work your way through this checklist to be certain you are presenting your home in its best possible light.

Curb Appeal

  • Make sure your lawn is manicured.Fill in bare spots in your lawn with grass seed, and eliminate as many weeds as possible.

  • Run the edger along the driveway and sidewalks for a clean line, and keep the driveway and walkways swept or hosed clean.

  • Trim all shrubbery, remove dead branches from trees, and remove/replace any old or dying bushes.

  • Thoroughly clean all your outdoor furniture, and touch up paint where needed. Dress your patios/decks up with some fresh flowers now that they are clean and inviting.

  • Keep your front entryway super clean and freshly painted. This includes the front porch, pillars, stairs, and door. Once it is clean and painted, dress up the front door with a welcoming wreath or a new door knocker. A potted plant or two also dresses up the entry and makes a great first impression.

  • Check that house numbers, mailbox and exterior lighting are all in good condition.

  • Thoroughly clean all windows and screens, and re-caulk or repaint where necessary.

  • Stand back at the street and take a good hard critical look at your property. Do the roof, gutters, downspouts, siding, and chimney look good? Would a good cleaning do wonders? Are repairs in order? Get the cleaning, repainting, repainting, and repairs done.


  • If you're a packrat, get a dumpster and get rid of all the old junk taking up space in your garage. Buyers need to see that their cars will fit in the space. If you can't part with the stuff, then rent a storage unit for a few months while your home is for sale and take everything there that you don't need right now.

  • Thoroughly clean the walls, shelves, and floor, and repaint where necessary. It's not difficult or expensive, but having a freshly painted garage floor leaves an amazing impression.

  • Ensure the garage door opener is working properly and put some WD40 on a squeaky door. Oh, and make sure the garage door has been thoroughly cleaned and windows washed.


  • Determine whether you really need all the things that clutter up your countertops sitting out. Put them away or pack them away. You want to make sure and show as much usable counter space because buyers will notice.

  • Sinks, appliances and counter tops should sparkle! They should also be in good working order. Fix any faucet leaks and replace any damaged appliance knobs.

  • If your cabinets are outdated, new hardware may make them look 100-times better. The big-box home stores have a great selection of affordable cabinet knobs. For a small amount of money, you can add an 'updated' look to your tired old cabinets.

  • If you have ceramic tile, the grout can get really dirty, as unpleasant as this is, thoroughly scrub all the grout, or stain the grout if it is beyond cleaning.Professional cleaning may be in order if you choose.


  • Thoroughly clean mirrors, glass, chrome and porcelain surfaces. If you have grout, then scrub away.

  • Replace shower curtain and bathroom rug with something fresh and tasteful.

  • Fix any faucet leaks or drips. If any caulking has mold, scrape it off with a blade and recaulk

  • Decorate with white towels. When clean, they give the impression of cleanliness.There’s a reason why hospitals are predominantly white.



  •  If you have a lot of clutter, pack away everything you are not going to need while your house is on the market. Neatly store in boxes and place in a storage facility. Remember that closets are never big enough, and the least amount of items that are taking up space, the larger your closets will look.

  • Organize your clothes and shoes neatly on bars and racks.The more organized and clean the better!


  • Apply fresh paint where needed. When re-painting use neutral toned paint to brighten up the space.

  • Replace all burned out light bulbs

  • Carpets and draperies should all be professionally cleaned and looking their best.

  • If you are using air fresheners choose pleasant and mild scents.

Any home that shows good care and maintenance is a home any buyer will be impressed with.

All this cleaning and repairing takes time and energy but is well worth it.

A clean, well-maintained home will always sell faster and for more money.

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Phone: 407-334-9633
Dated: June 19th 2017
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