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Getting Your Home Ready to Sell


Think 60-second rule: That’s all the time you have to create a winning first impression. Remember the way we live in a home is different from how we sell a home. Here are three simple but significant ways to maximize your home’s appeal. The three D’s:

Deep Cleaning:
Make sure the home is clean so buyer can feel comfortable in the space.
The less you have in your home the bigger it will look. Put away toys and other things that are cluttering up the space so buyers can pay attention to your beautiful home, not your stuff!
Think of a model home. There are pictures on the walls but rarely of families. You want buyers to feel like they could make this their home, not like they are walking through your home.

The three D’s are some of the easiest and most important ways you can help buyer see the value in your home. Here are a few more tips and tricks to spruce up your home for showings.


  • Keep the grass cut and remove all yard clutter.
  • Weed and apply fresh mulch to flower beds.
  • Apply fresh paint to wooden fences.
  • Tighten and clean all door handles.
  • Clean windows inside and out.
  • Powerwash home’s exterior.
  • Paint the front door.
  • Buy a new welcome mat.
  • Place potted flowers near the front door.


  • Evaluate the furniture in each room and remove anything that interrupts “the flow” or makes the room appear smaller. Consider renting a storage unit to move items off-site.
  • Clean and organize cabinets, closets and bookshelves.
  • Clean all light fixtures and ceiling fans.
  • Shampoo carpets.
  • Remove excessive wall hangings and knick-knacks.
  • Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps.
  • Make minor repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking).
  • Clean or paint walls and ceilings.
  • Replace worn cabinet and door knobs.

Special details for showings

  • Turn on all the lights.
  • Open all drapes and shutters in the daytime.
  • Vacate the property while it is being shown.
  • Take pets with you when you leave for showings.
  • Play quiet background music.
  • Light the fireplace
  • Infuse home with a comforting scent, such as apple spice or vanilla.
  • Set the dining room table for a fancy dinner party.