Top 5 Things to Do Before Listing Your Home for Sale

Top 5 Things to Do Before Listing Your Home for Sale
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Thinking of selling your home? Well then you need to know the top five things to do before selling your home that will get it sold fast and for more money. Hi, I’m Monico Aguiar with Cooper City Realty and I’m about to share with you the top five things you should do to prepare your home for sale that will guarantee that you’ll sell it faster and for more money. Now let’s get started. Number one, clean up clutter. Now listen to me, cleaning up clutter alone can add thousands of dollars to the sale price of your home. I want you to imagine you’re a buyer and you visit this house. You walk in through the house looking at it, the kitchen, the living room, the bedrooms, and the bathroom. Then you go down the street to see another house and you walk in and you see this. You’re not sure what it is, but the house feels different.

Which would you, as a buyer, be more inclined to want to buy? The only difference between these two houses is the clutter. Sometimes decluttering is as easy as getting rid of a few pieces of furniture. If a room has too much furniture, it could look small and cluttered. Not only does cleaning up clutter make the pictures look better, it makes a much better first impression to the buyer in person as well. As a seller, you need to change your mindset. I like to tell sellers this, “The home you live in is different than the house you’re selling.” Meaning, you’re going to have to change your lifestyle a bit just for a few months until your home is sold. So what’s the best way to declutter? Well, you’re going to be moving out, correct? Then start right now and take inventory of the stuff that you have inside your home and ask yourself, are you taking this with you to the new home or not?

If the answer is not, then get rid of it now. Don’t wait until you’re under contract and then you have 30 days to get everything packed and move out. Decluttering and getting rid of things that you’re not going to be taking with you makes moving much easier. And when I say take inventory, I mean take inventory of everything. Start with the closets. I’m sure you have things in there that you haven’t worn in years and most likely, will never wear again. So it’s time to part ways. One of the favorites for decluttering is the garage. If you’ve been living in your home for 10, 15, 20 years or more, I guarantee that you’re going to find stuff in there that you didn’t even know you had. Same goes for the cabinets in your kitchen and bathrooms. The best way to do that is to start packing. There’s no reason you can’t start packing all the things that you’re not going to be using over the next few months, right?

Don’t procrastinate and get started right now. Number two, spring cleaning. Nothing turns off a buyer more than a dirty house. And when I say spring cleaning, I mean a super spring cleaning of the whole house inside and out. So this includes windows, inside and out, getting into those corners under the furniture, get the house every bit as clean as she was the day she was built. Clean the appliances, this means your oven as well, and inside the cabinets, under the sink, light switches, and even the bottom rail of the sliding glass doors. You know how stuff just builds up in there. I’m sure if you look around the house, you can tell where people are constantly touching things like doors, certain parts of the walls, the oil and the dirt of the hands builds up over the years, but we’re so used to seeing it every day.

We don’t even realize it, but a buyer is definitely going to see it. You’ll also want to pressure wash the exterior of the house, including sidewalks and any outside furniture you may have. Either do it yourself or you can hire someone relatively inexpensive to do that. A clean house gives the buyer an impression that the house is well maintained and a well-maintained home will sell faster than one that is not. Onto number three, touching up paint. Similar to cleaning, touching up paint, or completely repainting makes the home look well maintained and fresh. Scuff marks or even cracks on the walls is a big turnoff to buyers. Preparing a house to sell is more about removing the negatives a buyer might see than adding positives. So touching up paint and cleaning go hand in hand in making the house look its very best to a potential buyer.

Number four, replace burnt out light bulb. You shouldn’t have any burnt out light bulbs in the house. Again, to potential buyers, this is a sign of lack of maintenance. Make sure when you turn on all light switches, every light bulb turns on. And number five, fixing landscaping. Start with the grass. Is it green or is it all dried out? Is it grass or have the weeds taken over? Problems with grass are easy to correct, however, it will take some time, so usually two to three months, so I would jump on that right away. How do you fix dried out grass? Simple. Water it. Once you start watering grass two to three times a week, you’ll be amazed at how quickly it comes back to life. What about weeds? Well, that one’s easy too. Go to a hardware store, pick up a bag of fertilizer, spread it around and water the grass.

And if you have major weed problems, do it every two to three weeks. Before you know it, you’ll have your grass back. If you have plants in your landscaping, make sure to remove any dead or dying plants. You can just remove them or replace them. And lastly, add fresh mulch. But wait until about a week before you’re ready to list your home for sale. That way the mulch is fresh for the pictures and for the influx of potential buyers that are going to come to see the house. Now, if you want your home evaluated to learn what things you specifically can do or should do to prepare your home for sale, contact us and schedule a home review. It’s completely free and there’s absolutely no obligation to hire us to sell your home.

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Top 5 Things to Do Before Listing Your Home for Sale

Thinking of selling your home? Well then you need to know the top five things to do before selling your home that will get it sold fast and for more money. Hi, I’m Monico Aguiar with Cooper City Realty and I’m about to share with you the top five things you should do to prepare your home for sale that will guarantee that you’ll sell it faster and for more money.

#1 – Clean Up Clutter

Now let’s get started. Number one, clean up clutter. Now listen to me, cleaning up clutter alone can add thousands of dollars to the sale price of your home. I want you to imagine you’re a buyer and you visit a house that has clutter all around. You walk in through the house looking at it, the kitchen, the living room, the bedrooms, and the bathroom. And there is stuff all over the place. Then you go down the street to see another house and you walk in and you see no clutter. Everything is put in its place. The counter tops are clear. You’re not sure what it is, but the house feels different.

Which would you, as a buyer, be more inclined to want to buy? The only difference between these two houses is the clutter. Sometimes decluttering is as easy as getting rid of a few pieces of furniture. If a room has too much furniture, it could look small and cluttered. Not only does cleaning up clutter make the pictures look better, it makes a much better first impression to the buyer in person as well.

As a seller, you need to change your mindset. I like to tell sellers this, “The home you live in is different than the house you’re selling.” Meaning, you’re going to have to change your lifestyle a bit just for a few months until your home is sold.

So, what’s the best way to declutter? Well, you’re going to be moving out, correct? Then start right now and take inventory of the stuff that you have inside your home and ask yourself, are you taking this with you to the new home or not?

If the answer is not, then get rid of it now. Don’t wait until you’re under contract and then you have 30 days to get everything packed and move out. Decluttering and getting rid of things that you’re not going to be taking with you makes moving much easier.

When I say take inventory, I mean take inventory of everything. Start with the closets. I’m sure you have things in there that you haven’t worn in years and most likely, will never wear again. So it’s time to part ways.

One of the favorites for decluttering is the garage. If you’ve been living in your home for 10, 15, 20 years or more, I guarantee that you’re going to find stuff in there that you didn’t even know you had. Same goes for the cabinets in your kitchen and bathrooms.

The best way to do that is to start packing. There’s no reason you can’t start packing all the things that you’re not going to be using over the next few months, right?

Don’t procrastinate and get started right now.

#2 – Spring Cleaning

Number two, spring cleaning. Nothing turns off a buyer more than a dirty house. And when I say spring cleaning, I mean a super spring cleaning of the whole house inside and out. So this includes windows, inside and out, getting into those corners under the furniture, get the house every bit as clean as she was the day she was built. Clean the appliances, this means your oven as well, and inside the cabinets, under the sink, light switches, and even the bottom rail of the sliding glass doors. You know how stuff just builds up in there. I’m sure if you look around the house, you can tell where people are constantly touching things like doors, certain parts of the walls, the oil and the dirt of the hands builds up over the years, but we’re so used to seeing it every day we don’t even realize it, but a buyer is definitely going to see it.

You’ll also want to pressure wash the exterior of the house, including sidewalks and any outside furniture you may have. Either do it yourself or you can hire someone relatively inexpensive to do that.

A clean house gives the buyer the impression that the house is well maintained and a well-maintained home will sell faster and for more money than one that is not.

#3 – Touch-Up Paint

On to number three, touching up paint. Similar to cleaning, touching up paint, or completely repainting makes the home look well maintained and fresh. Scuff marks or even cracks on the walls is a big turnoff to buyers.

Preparing a house to sell is more about removing the negatives a buyer might see than adding positives. So touching up paint and cleaning go hand in hand in making the house look its very best to a potential buyer.

#4 – Replace Burnt Out Light Bulbs

Number four, replace burnt out light bulbs. You shouldn’t have any burnt out light bulbs in the house. Again, to potential buyers, this is a sign of lack of maintenance. Make sure when you turn on all light switches, every light bulb turns on.

#5 – Fix Landscaping

And number five, fixing landscaping. Start with the grass. Is it green or is it all dried out? Is it grass or have the weeds taken over?

Problems with grass are easy to correct, however, it will take some time, usually two to three months, so I would jump on that right away.

How do you fix dried out grass? Simple. Water it! Once you start watering grass two to three times a week, you’ll be amazed at how quickly it comes back to life.

What about weeds? Well, that one’s easy too. Go to a hardware store, pick up a bag of fertilizer, spread it around and water the grass. And if you have major weed problems, do it every two to three weeks. Before you know it, you’ll have your grass back.

If you have plants in your landscaping, make sure to remove any dead or dying plants. You can just remove them or replace them.

And lastly, add fresh mulch. But wait until about a week before you’re ready to list your home for sale. That way the mulch is fresh for the pictures and for the influx of potential buyers that are going to come to see the house.


Now, if you want your home evaluated to learn what things you specifically can do or should do to prepare your home for sale, contact us and schedule a home review. It’s completely free and there’s absolutely no obligation to hire us to sell your home.

To schedule your free review, just give us a call right now or fill out our simple order form below where we’ll contact you and schedule a time that’s convenient for you.

Also check out our video series Avoiding the Biggest Mistakes Made by Home Sellers.

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