Four first steps in preparing your home for sale

Four first steps in preparing your home for sale

In a recent video, I talked about "preparation" as a foundational cornerstone to begin your home selling effort.

But, where do you start?

Here are the first four things that should be tackled before you list your home for sale.


In a recent video, I talked to you about four things that you have control over as a home seller.

Those items were the amount of preparation that you put into getting the home ready for sale, how that home is presented to the public, how it's promoted, and, finally, how it's priced.

I want to dig a little bit deeper into the first item on that list because it really is kind of a foundational point and quite important.

When a home buyer comes to look at your property, we want to make it as easy for them as possible to see themselves in that home, and they do tend to see themselves living there as it's presented now. So if the place is a chaotic mess, it sends bad energy to them that makes them wanna run out of there, and I've seen it happen a hundred times.

So four things that you should focus on in your preparation effort.

Number one, declutter. Put some shit away. Most sellers have way too much stuff in their home. You want to be thinking show home, minimalist. The less clutter, the better. The opposite of chaos is order, and if you can create an orderly environment, people will want to be there.

Secondly, depersonalize. Take the kid's awards off the walls and the family photos. Pack them up. Put them into a box. Get them ready for your move. Those things can be very distracting. It's funny, you see people reading college degrees on the walls and looking at family photos. Put that stuff away so that the focus can be entirely on your house.

Number three, deep clean. This is the time to get that property as spiffy as you possibly can because, frankly, people are disgusted by other people's dirt.

And finally, fix stuff. There are a hundred little things in most houses that need to be repaired, and now's the time to do it. Think about this. If you don't want to do it, what makes you think that a buyer wants to buy those problems? Fix 'em up.

Look, I get it, we're all busy, and some people have got just too much on the go to get this stuff done.

That's where you can turn to a real estate professional for some help. We've got teams that we can deploy to your house to get that work done.


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Norm Fisher

Royal LePage Vidorra


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