Selling your home can be a stressful time for anyone. Not only are you preparing for a sale, but you’re also preparing for a purchase. Before you place your home on the market and begin to schedule home tours or an open house, it’s important that you know what tasks to complete. 

There are some tasks that can help sell any home while other tasks might actually cause you to spend more time and money than necessary. How do you separate the two? In the guide below, you’ll find a list of important things that you should do to get the most value in exchange for your home. 

Continue reading below to find out more!

Declutter and Clean 

One of the first steps should be to declutter and clean. Start by removing anything from your house that doesn’t have its own specific place. Try to avoid putting these items inside closets, cabinets, or in the garage. 

Potential buyers will check these areas to see how much storage space the home has. Not only will a bunch of items seem like a mess, but it can also make your closets and garage appear smaller than they actually are. If needed, then rent out a storage unit to place all of your belongings in. 

Once your home is decluttered, you should then begin cleaning. Deep clean the home to make it more attractive to interested buyers. 


The next step is to personalize. You’ve removed all of the clutter from the home, but did you remove photographs on the walls or photo frames from the entertainment center? You want to remove all of these items so that buyers can imagine their own photos or artwork around the house. 

You also want to repaint the house so that all walls are white or another neutral color to appear more attractive to buyers. When you provide them with a blank canvas, they can envision their own personal belongings and personal touches in the home instead of being turned off by decorations that don’t match their preferences. 

Improve the Curb Appeal

Now it’s time to improve the curb appeal of your home. Keep in mind that your home’s curb appeal is the first thing potential buyers will see when approaching your home. Thankfully, there are many ways to improve curb appeal without having to invest too much time or money. 

To start improving curb appeal, remove any twigs, branches, leaves, and other debris from the yard. Then, replace old much in the garden beds with fresh mulch. Plant new flowers and various native plants as well. 

You might also want to put down a welcome mat and repaint the exterior of the front door to make all potential buyers feel welcomed. 

Allow Natural Light to Enter

Don’t forget to let a lot of natural light enter the home as well. The more natural light that enters the home, the brighter and larger the home will appear. You can do this by opening the blinds and hanging sheer curtains. 

You might also want to remove any large objects that are obstructing the windows and blocking the light. Any way that you can highlight the natural light, do so. A house with great natural light is a big selling point for many. 

Make Small Cosmetic Repairs

Before you put your house on the market, there are most likely a few repairs you want to make. You want your house to be in the best condition possible so you can get the most money for it. You may think you need to make some big changes to the house in order to get a better price, but it’s important to note that not all updates offer a high return on investment (ROI). 

You only want to focus on updates that’ll give you a big ROI, otherwise, you end up wasting time and money. What repairs are the right repairs to make? The answer is small cosmetic repairs. 

Some repairs to consider doing are anything around the house that a potential buyer will see. Try walking around the house and pretending you’re an interested buyer. Or, you can have a friend come over and walk around the house pretending to be a buyer for you.

What are some things you notice? Is there a ceiling stain from an old water leak? Are there cracks in the baseboards? Are there sections of the house where paint is peeling? 

These are the type of cosmetic repairs you want to make. Do keep in mind that there might also be some other necessary repairs for you to make such as correcting foundation problems or removing mold. Otherwise, focus on inexpensive, quick, and simple repairs that simply boost the appearance of the home. 

Stage the Home For Tours

Once your home is decluttered, cleaned, and depersonalized, you can then focus on staging your home. There are some helpful blogs on how to become a stager. You might want to read up on these blogs before staging your home on your own. 

The way you stage your home could be what convinces a buyer to make a purchase or walk away. Make sure to take your time when staging your home. You want to create a clean and inviting look.

Complete These Tasks Before Selling Your Home

Selling a home can be stressful at times but with these selling tips, you’ll be selling your home in no time! Make sure to keep this guide handy when preparing your home for sale so you’re able to sell quickly and for a great price!

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