How to Prepare Your Home Before Putting It Up for Sale

Planning to move? Preparing your home with staging techniques may result in less time on the market and an increased sale price.  According to the National Association of Realtors® 2017 Profile of Home Staging, 62% of sellers’ agents say that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market. In addition, 49% of buyers’ agents say that staging a home increases its dollar value. Here are some helpful tips for preparing your home for sale:

Hire Professional Cleaners

Dust and dirt can build up over time in places you may not even notice! Because of this, it can be a smart investment to hire a professional cleaning service that can clean the home in detail.

Deep clean the carpets and don’t forget to wipe down the walls. Walls can collect dirt and grime over the years, especially if you have children and pets in the home.


Personal objects may prevent potential buyers from picturing themselves living in the home. Things like old newspapers, toys, books, and personal items should be placed in storage containers, labeled, and stacked in the garage or storage unit not visible in the home. Pack up family photos, put the laundry away and make sure you clean out your closets to showcase their size.

Make your home seem as empty as possible. Store extra chairs, tables, or excessive throw pillows. Remove tabletop decor and keep personal items to a minimum. A singular vase with fresh, seasonal flowers is all you need.

Let in the light

Let in as much natural light as possible. Open the blinds and drapes. If your window coverings are old or tarnished, consider new window coverings or investing in fresh curtains to make the home feel like new. Don’t forget to wipe down the windows inside and out. Additionally, trim trees or bushes that may block natural light from entering the home.

Use light paint colors

Did you paint one room red or neon green? If the answer is yes, then it’s time to paint over those bright and bold colors. Select paint tones that are neutral colors, such as white, beige, or gray. It’s important to enable prospective buyers with the freedom to visualize the home as a place they could make their own, and neutral colors can offer a blank slate for creativity. Not to mention, this will make the home appear cleaner, brighter, and larger .

Now that you’ve gotten your house ready for the market, why not see how much you can afford by visiting our Affordability Calculator!