Home Sale Preparation

Did you know well-placed furniture can open up a room and make rooms seem larger than they are?  Or that opening drapes and blinds and turning on all lights make a room seem bright and cheery?


Did you know the scent of your home can leave a lasting effect on a potential buyer?  Baking bread, cookies or a pie leaves an inviting fragrance.


It’s a fact:  acquiring the highest market value and elevating your home above others in the same price range often comes down to first impressions.


Here are a few inexpensive ways to maximize your home’s appeal:



  • Keep the grass freshly cut
  • Remove all yard clutter
  • Apply fresh paint to wooden fences and decks
  • Paint the front door
  • Weed and apply fresh mulch to garden beds
  • Clean windows inside and out
  • Wash or paint the exterior



  • Remove excessive wall hangings, furniture and knick knacks (you may want to consider renting a temporary storage unit)
  • Clean or paint walls and ceilings
  • Shampoo carpets
  • Clean and organize cabinets and closets
  • Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps
  • Clean all light fixtures


For showings

  • Turn on all the lights
  • Open drapes in the daytime
  • Keep pets secured outside
  • Play quiet background music
  • Light the fireplace, if seasonally appropriate
  • Infuse home with a comforting scent like apple spice or vanilla
  • Vacate the property while it is being shown