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Prepare to Sell

Showcasing Your Home.  Tips to help your home sell.

Once you’ve decided to put your home on the market, it’s important to take a close look at it from the viewpoint of a prospective buyer. Objectively evaluating each area and then making your home “show ready” can have a major pay-off in terms of the offers it will attract and how soon those offers come in.


Seven steps to make your home seem larger, more appealing and, therefore, more valuable

  1. Keep it uncluttered. It will be neater and look larger. You want to convey a spacious feeling.
  2. Keep it clean. This creates the impression that your home has been well cared for. Fresh paint makes rooms look clean and new.
  3. Keep it repaired. Fix it before the buyer inquires about it. The need for repairs can make or break a sale.
  4. Keep it neutral. Get rid of distracting colors and personal accessories. Neutral colors and simple décor help someone visualize their own belongings in a room.
  5. Keep it inviting. Make your home memorable! Fresh flowers and fresh clean smells make your house more attractive.
  6. Keep it light and bright. Open curtains and drapes to let the sunshine in. turn on the lights so your rooms come to life.
  7. Showtime! Make a final check of every room. Put away any toys, clothes, food or other “left out” items.


Listing your Auburn real estate

With the key steps in mind, take a specific inventory of your home.

  • Trim, weed and tidy up lawn and garden
  • Clean up pet areas
  • Resod or seed where necessary
  • Repair screens, windows and doors
  • Add fresh mulch under shrubs
  • Add potted or hanging flowers to deck or porch
In The Kitchen
  • Clear away extra small appliances
  • Remove stains and items from sink
  • Straighten memo areas and remove papers
  • Clean and deodorize vent or exhaust hood
In The Bathroom
  • Clean counters of extra toiletries- store them out of sight
  • Remove stains and mold from sink, tub or shower
  • Patch, caulk and grout as needed
  • Put out attractive “for-show-only” towels
In The Living and Family Rooms
  • Rearrange furniture for a more spacious feel. Remove any extra pieces and store during the listing
  • Spot clean carpets or rugs
  • Have neutral paint or wallpaper
  • Accent with fresh flowers
  • Open the shades and drapes to let in light
In The Bedroom
  • Straighten up closets. Box and store clothing, shoes, etc., as necessary
  • Arrange toys to look appealing
  • Add curtains or valances to rooms without them
  • Remove attention-getting posters
In The Basement or Garage
  • Thoroughly clean and deodorize areas where pets sleep or spend time
  • Straighten tools and laundry area
  • Sweep floors; clean up grease spots
  • Get rid of any items you won’t be taking with you
Home Appearance Checklist.  Everything you can do to present your home at its absolute best.


  • In summer, a well-manicured lawn and cleanly swept and edged walkways.
  • In winter, snow and ice removed from walkways, steps and driveways.
  • Freshly painted front door and mailbox.
  • Storm door condition satisfactory.
  • Front door glass clean and free of any finger prints and animals prints.
  • Functional door bell.
  • Broken steps or walkways repaired.
  • Absence of clutter in yard and driveway.
  • Door hardware polished and tightened.
  • Lighting fixtures operational.
  • Clean windows.
  • Freshly painted walls and exterior.
  • Faucets and toilets operational.
  • Clean washer, dryer, refrigerator, stove, ovens, sinks and tubs.
  • Loose knobs, warped drawers and sticking windows and doors all repaired.
  • Fireplace cleaned and filled with logs.
  • Clean towels in bathrooms.
  • Light bulbs and switches replaced (especially in basement and closets).
  • Squeaky doors oiled.


  • Make your home as appealing as possible.
  • Remove dogs or cats to the yard or confine in one area.
  • Open draperies and curtains, turn on all lights.
  • Play quiet, low-keyed soft music.
  • Fresh flowers whenever possible; if it’s winter, display color photo of your yard in full bloom.
  • Turn off television sets.
  • If winter, light a fire in the fireplace.
  • Try to stay in one area of the house when it’s being shown or try not to be home.
  • Let the Realtor® who is showing your home answer any questions or objections.