Preparing The Home To Sell


When you are preparing to put your home on the market there are endless things you can do to ensure your home will show its best for potential buyers. However, most people do not have the time or resources to devote to endless touch-ups. Instead, we picked out some of the most important things you can do when selling your home to give the best impression to potential buyers.


Clean Everything

This one seems like a no-brainer but surprisingly gets neglected. Even the places and spots you generally overlook when doing your typical cleaning regime need to be given a thorough cleaning. This is especially important if you have pets to help eliminate any potential odors. When in doubt hire a professional. They have the tools and the expertise to get your home in tip-top shape.


Vacating the Home/Staging 

Make arrangements to be out of the property during the sales process. If you are moving after you sell your current home, it is best to leave and take pets with you when Realtor’s are taking clients through your home. If you are moving out before the sale,  consider leaving a few pieces of furniture behind to help with staging or talk to your agent if they have a plan to stage your home.  


Spend Some Time Outside 

Make your curb appeal the envy of the neighborhood. Sweep the porch, touch-up existing landscaping, refresh mulch, and cut the grass. Drought resistant landscaping is a PLUS amongst buyers. 



Dramatic colors are not for everyone. Deep or vibrant colors throughout your home may be a major turn off or distraction to the buyer. Ask your agent their opinion on the paint colors in your home and if they recommend using more neutral paints throughout.


Lighten Up

Put your home in the best light possible by checking all the light fixtures in your home! Make sure they all work appropriately and replace any dead bulbs. Incorporating natural light is another simple way to make your home look more appealing. Open blinds and let the sun show off the house for you.


Do you have any other tips for preparing a home to sell? We love hearing from our readers!


MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.




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