Preparing your Home for Sale

Are you selling your home and wondering how to prepare? Are you wondering how to make your home more appealing to interested homebuyers? You've come to the right spot. Trying to sell your home is already a task within itself, so we have compiled a list of ways to get your house ready to sell. 

Now that your home is getting ready to go on the market, it is becoming a product to sell, therefore your goal as a seller is to make your house look as presentable and as "fresh" as possible. Here are some ways that you can make your house look as good as new and ready to close.

List of Things to Do to Get Your House Ready to Sell

1. Get Carpets and House Professionally Cleaned

2. Clean your House Daily

3. Get Organized

4. Repair Anything Broken

5. Pay Attention to Details


1. Get Carpets and House Professionally Cleaned

Hiring outside services such as carpet cleaners and even a cleaning crew to come do a deep clean on your home cannot only help your house be even more ready for the public eye, but it can also help take some of the pressure off of you. Trying to prepare your home for selling already has a long list of to-dos, so why not have professionals come in and take care of tasks that will take up more of your time than you have to give. 

2. Keep Everything Clean

While the professionals will take care of the deep clean, you want to make sure you are also doing your part by keeping everything clean, especially on showing days. Making sure you keep up with the bathroom, rooms, and the kitchen is important because you never know what interested buyers will look at. If they see a clean house that looks as if it has been taken care of, it is possible that will be more inclined to favor your home in their decision-making process. 

3. Organize, Organize, Organize

Think of it like this: every day has the potential for a showing to happen and the potential for your house to be sold, so you want to make sure everything is in top condition.  Here is a list of things that you should consider organizing:

  • The kitchen (counter, cabinets, drawers, etc.)
  • The refrigerator 
    • Remember, everything is subject for an interested buyer to take a peek at
  • Bookshelves
  • Dressers
  • Closets
    • If you have clothes and shoes everywhere, it will be helpful to arrange all of those items in a way that makes your closet have the least amount of clutter possible.
  • Use this organizational time to get rid of anything you no longer use or have a need for anymore. The rule of thumb (generally) is, if you haven't used it for over a year, maybe it's time to throw it away.  Think of it as you are going ahead and preparing yourself for your own move. 

The goal behind all of this is to remove the cluttered aspects of the home to make it more visually appealing. Out of place items are distracting to the potential buyer. 

4. Repair Anything Broken

  • Repair anything broken (door handles, light bulbs, etc.)
  • Touch up paint scuffs and chips.
    • That being said, if you find that the rooms could use a re-do, it may be a good idea to reconsider. Consider ensuring neutral paint colors throughout the home. Bright colors may throw off interested buyers. 
  • Any knick-knacks, paperwork, personal items should also be put away and out of sight. The goal is to have your home looking as clean and crisp as possible. 

5. Pay attention to details

From making sure everything is clean to opening all the blinds to let all the natural light into the home, everything is up for negotiation when it comes to marketing your home to potential buyers. After you've finished taking care of all the nitty-gritty details, step outside and take a look at your home. Think to yourself:

Would I buy this home? 

Is my home ready to sell?

Some extra added "mmph" is nice too, such as:

  • Freshly fluffed pillows and neatly folded throw blankets on the couch
  • White towels hanging in the bathroom (gives off a hotel vibe)
  • Fresh flowers and greenery are always a nice addition to any decoration
  • Some people may get turned off by strong scents like cinnamon, but a fresh scent sprayed throughout the house is nice 
    • Side note: Avoid cooking strongly scented foods like bacon before you show your home. You wouldn't want to deter any of your buyers who may not care for particular food smells.
  • Neatly arranged decorations
  • Some people even go as far as organizing cabinets where all the handles to coffee cups face the same way. Nothing is out of the question when it comes to organization.
  • Pops of color to a room (i.e red pillows with white couches)

We Can Help!

Are you looking for the best real estate agency in Wilmington, NC? When it comes to putting your home on the market, we know what it takes to get the job done and we have the knowledge to make it happen. The Regina Drury Real Estate Group has that and more.  We are a Full-Time real estate company in Wilmington, NC; our crew can provide you with all of our expert knowledge and focus on maintaining a high degree of customer service that will leave a lasting impression.  Contact us today to talk more about your Wilmington, NC Real Estate needs including selling your home. 


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