Things to Do Before Putting Your House on the Market

Are you getting ready to sell your home this year? There’s a lot that goes into getting ready to put your home on the market. But before you start to pack your bags, there are a few things you should do to help your home sell faster and for the best possible price!

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Mind the Details

It may not seem like a big deal, but something as small as a squeaky door can turn potential buyers off. Make sure your doors open and shut smoothly, windows don’t creek, and your faucets don’t drip! Most buyers are looking for a home that is move-in ready and they may be turned off my having to do any maintenance tasks at all, no matter how small. And homes that are in move-in ready condition give the impression that the house has been well cared-for and there aren’t likely to be any big surprises on the inspection report.

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Clear the Clutter

Clearing the clutter from your home will instantly make the space look and feel larger. Take appliances off your kitchen countertops and put them away in a cupboard. Take down knick-knacks and trinkets that don’t add anything to your home’s décor. Pack half of each closet away in a storage unit. While this may be an inconvenience if you’re still living in the home, it should only be temporary. The less clutter there is in your home, the less chance buyers have to get distracted from seeing your home’s true potential.

Tone Down Your Personal Style

If you want an idea of what kind of home décor is selling homes these days, just visit a model home in a new construction community. Builders invest thousands to stage their models with the latest décor trends to entice buyers to purchase one of their properties sight unseen instead of buying an existing home. During your research, you may find that your specific style is vastly different from what builders are using to sell homes these days. If so, you have your work cut out for you. Consider hiring a professional stager to help or at the very least, making some changes to your décor to tone down your personal style. Provocative artwork, eclectic trinkets, and bright colors aren’t for everyone. And while you may feel strongly that buyers should just ignore it, the truth is that most won’t. So give your home the best chance of appealing to the broadest possible group of buyers by making some changes.


But Have Some Balance

While clearing clutter and toning down your personal style is good, keep in mind that you don’t want your home to feel sterile and cold. That’s why staged homes tend to sell faster than empty ones – it isn’t always about having the least amount of things in your home. When buyers walk in, you want to spark a feeling in them that says, “This is the one! I can imagine my family living here.” So don’t forget to make your home feel inviting by putting out a new welcome mat, leaving a soft throw blanket on the end of the couch and placing some pretty candles on the kitchen island.

Do a Deep Clean

We can’t empathize how important it is to make sure your home is sparkling clean, especially if you have pets. If you have a busy schedule or just hate to clean, consider hiring a professional cleaning service to come in and do the work for you. You’ll also want to get your windows wash and if you’ve been handling your pool maintenance yourself, hire a professional to ensure your pool is at its best when it’s time to list.

Boost Your Curb Appeal

So far we’ve talked about things you can do to improve the inside of your home. But first impressions matter! Boost your curb appeal to get buyers interested and in the door! Start by changing your address numbers to new, more modern-looking ones. You can also power wash the front of your home and driveway to clear away any accumulated dirt or stains. And of course, if your yard needs some work, this is an obvious way to step up the curb appeal. Having a neatly trimmed lawn and flowerpots full of bright flowers are a great way to help your home make a good impression from the moment buyers pull up.

Invest in Home Improvements

This can be a tough pill for some homeowners to swallow. But sometimes preparing your home to sell quickly and for the best price means making a significant financial investment in your existing property. If your home is outdated compared to other similar properties in your area, you may want to make some changes. While a full kitchen or bathroom remodel can be a big expense, even smaller projects like replacing your carpets or flooring with something more modern or painting the kitchen cabinets can make a big difference.


We understand that selling your home can be stressful. But with the right team on your side, it doesn’t have to be! Call The Silva Group today at (760) 458-2575 to learn more about how we can make your home selling experience as smooth and as effortless as possible! And don’t forget to grab our free download with all the maintenance tasks you should take care of before listing your home.

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