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How to Prepare Your Home to Sell

Updated: Apr 2, 2021

You have decided to move houses. I mean, you love your home -- absolutely LOVE it. Except for a few things you’d like to change...but everyone has those feelings, right? Either way, you have decided to sell it.


Now you have to figure out a way to best accentuate the positives and prep your home to sell. Here are a few rules of thumb (rule of thumbs?) for how to best accomplish this seemingly Herculean feat.


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1. Ask friends and family what they like or don’t like about your home.

This is a huge one! You have a biased view of your home because you have lived there for years, but friends and family have fresh eyes each time they come over. They can candidly share with you what home upgrades you may want to consider. Encourage honesty from them! Now that you are moving they may feel more free to be more open, but they may need a push. Take notes about what they say and fix what you can. Entry room congested? Declutter. Living room too dark? Add some lamps. Too many Russian nesting dolls on the mantle? Hide a few.


2. Address repairs.

Obvious, right? Not so fast! Somethings are better left to the future owners to customize to their taste. The tasks you should be focusing on are more universal updates that will provide you the biggest bang for your buck. Think drywall holes, fixing the garage door, re-paneling the roof, and things of that nature. Painting walls is a step in the right direction, just don’t go too crazy with colors. Try to keep it neutral, it is easier for buyers to paint over or envision their preferred colors. Ever try painting over a dark blue or brown? Speaking from personal experience, it can be a bit of a nightmare.


3. Buy a new welcome mat.

Simple. You don’t want the first thing buyers see to be your crusty welcome mat you used in college. It is a small detail, but this is what will set your house apart from others!


4. Make your landscaping look nice.

Mow the lawn, plant some flowers, power wash the driveway, rake the leaves, and take in your mail. You don’t have to go too crazy here, just clean it up a bit and make it have that curb appeal buyers are looking for.


5. Walk through your own front door.

You probably never use your front door, but this is where realtors will enter with their clients. Most homeowners enter their houses through a back door, side door, or garage so you may not know what it is like to enter your house from the front. Pay extra attention to the condition of the entryway. Painting the front door and getting rid of cobwebs, paint chips, and dirt will give you a lasting first impression.


6. Clean and declutter

This one is more obvious, I’ve actually mentioned it a few times already but it is important. Buyers want to tour a home they can see themselves living in, not one that someone else clearly does. Minimize photos of you and your family, clean off your kitchen counters, and scrub that bathroom until it sparkles. This will require you to live life like a minimalist for the weeks your home is on the market...but it is so worth it!


And there you have it!


If you need any more advice on how to prep your home to sell or share your own tips, please email me at kurt@kurtmillerhomes.com or fill out this form. I would love to help you out.

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