How To Prep Your Home For Sale

Congrats! You’ve decided you want to sell your house! From upsizing to downsizing and everything in between, there are many reasons why people sell their homes. But the idea of trying to figure out how to prep your home for sale may have you overwhelmed. Where do you begin? How much money should you spend? Do I need to do more than just clean? These are all questions potential home sellers may have. Luckily, prepping your home for sale doesn’t have to be a large expense. These easy, cost-friendly tips can help you get your house on the market without breaking the bank.


Market Variables

Many sellers spend much more than they need when getting ready to list their house. They repair and renovate things that a buyer may not pay extra for. Before you shell out thousands of dollars trying to prep your home for sale, take a look at the market. 

Find out the condition of houses on the market that are similar to yours. This will give you a good idea of some of the things you may want to fix up. Ask your realtor about the market type. If it’s a seller’s market, simple cosmetic repairs may be all you need. 

Another thing to do is look at the return on investment. It’s important that you’re not spending money on things that most buyers don’t care about. Remember, kitchens and bathrooms usually have the highest return.


Make Note of Needed Repairs

The first thing you should do when prepping your home for sale is make a list. The list should include everything that is worn out or needs repairs. Some common items that may need repairing or replacing include:

  • Patching nail holes and cracks in the walls or ceilings
  • Replacing burnt out light bulbs
  • Pressure wash the home exterior and driveway
  • Add a fresh coat of paint


Clean, Clean, Clean

This one might seem obvious, but it’s definitely worth noting. No matter what repairs or updating you do, if your house is dirty it will be much harder to sell. When buyers see a dirty, disorganized home, they may think it’s not well cared for or worth the price. From the entryway to the backyard, make sure every room is sparkling. Pay close attention to the bathrooms and kitchens! Make sure to remember these areas during your cleaning:

  • Dust furniture, ceiling fans, and light fixtures. Don’t forget under the furniture!
  • Wipe down walls, appliances, mirrors, and windows
  • Vacuum carpets and rugs
  • Sweep and mop tile and wood floors
  • Polish faucets
  • Get rid of any odors

You may even want to invest in hiring a professional cleaning service. This way you can be sure your home has a thorough deep clean and is ready for the new homeowners!


Eliminate Clutter and Depersonalize

Sort through your items to decide what you’d like to keep and what you want to get rid of. Donate anything you don’t want to charity. You can also sell items through Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. Organize closets, shelves, and drawers. This shows buyers that you take great care of the home. Cluttered, overflowing closets may give the impression that the home has limited storage space. Consider renting a storage space for personal photos, knickknacks, and large bulky furniture.


Replace and Update Soft Furnishings

Simply replacing curtains, bedding, towels, and rugs can have a large impact on your home’s appearance. In the bathroom, replace old shower curtains and handtowels. Try adding throw pillows to the living room couch. Consider neutral colors to appeal to a wide variety of buyers. Don’t forget to add a new doormat to welcome the potential homeowners! 

You may also consider hiring a staging company. A staging company can make your home look like it’s straight out of the pages of a magazine.


Ready to List Your Home?

The Faruqi Team is here to help you whether you are buying or selling. We’ve helped over 1,800 families with all their real estate needs. Based in New York, the Faruqi Team has over 25 years of experience and is in the top 1% of Keller Williams realtors. Contact us today for more information on how to prep your home for sale!