For the Seller

Let Us Help You Sell Your Home

Selling a home is very different from buying a home. Whereas buying a home generally involves emotions and feelings, selling a home typically centers on what listing agents like to call maximizing profit potential.

If you are getting ready to sell your house, then it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to work! Selling a home, after all, entails a whole lot more than just planting a "For Sale" sign on your front lawn or uploading a few random photos of your place—especially if you’re angling for the most cash. (And, honestly, who isn’t?)

So before you put your house on the market, peruse this checklist of things you must do in preparation. Some of these tips are surprisingly easy, while others might require a bit more elbow grease. But they're bound to pay off once buyers start oohing and ahhing over your place—and hopefully ponying up a great offer.

  • 1 Consider your curb appealMake sure the first thing prospective buyers see of your home entices them to want to see more. Yes, for better or worse, buyers do tend to judge a book by its cover. By investing some effort in relatively easy fixes like planting colorful flowers and repainting your front door, the outside of your house can beckon them to come on in.
  • 2 Declutter Living Areas Less is definitely more when it comes to getting your house ready to show. Do a clean sweep of counters, windowsills, tables, and all other visible areas, and then tackle behind closed doors: closets, drawers, and cupboards—since virtually nothing is off-limits for curious buyers.
  • 3 Depersonalize Your Space You want to remove any distractions so the buyers can visualize themselves and their family living in the property. The goal is to create a blank canvas on which house hunters can project their own visions of living there, and loving it.
  • 4 Repaint Walls to Neutral Tones You might love that green accent wall, but if it’s your potential buyer’s least favorite color, that could be a turnoff. the other benefit is that a light color allows buyers to envision what the walls would look like with the color of their choice.
  • 5 Fix any Loose Handles A small thing, sure, but you’d be surprised by the negative effect a loose handle or missing lightbulb can have on a buyer, it can make them stop and think, ‘What else is broken here?’
  • 6 Add Some Plants Green is good, because plants create a more welcoming environment. You might also want to consider a bouquet of flowers or bowl of fruit on the kitchen counter or dining table.
  • 7 Clean, Clean, Clean And then clean some more. You want your property to look spotless. Take special care with the bathroom, making sure the tile, counters, shower, and floors shine.