Don’t Miss These 5 Crucial Steps Before Selling Your Home

Yes, the housing market is improving. Despite interest rate rollercoasters and government shutdowns, houses are being sold. According to, “Existing-home sales increased in August (2013) and reached the highest level in six-and-a-half years, while the median price shows nine consecutive months of double-digit year-over-year increases.”

But that doesn’t mean you can just decide to sell your home, plop a sign in the front yard and buyers will just beat a path to your house and throw money at you. Buyers are picky. They are making a huge investment and want to feel like they are making a sound one that will pay off in the long run. Emotionally, they want to be able to picture themselves living the next portion of their lives in this home.

You have to create that for them. Now, it should be done honestly. You don’t want to use smoke and mirrors to fool people into buying your house. It’s just not right and (I’m no lawyer) but sounds like something that could be pretty illegal.

If you’re serious about selling your house and want to sell it quickly and for as much as possible, then follow these five steps:

  1. Start Packing Right Away: The minute you decide to sell, you need to buy boxes, grab the packing tape, bust out a sharpie and get to work. You’re packing up all of your non-essential stuff and getting it out of the house. Get a storage space, bum some room in a family member’s garage or call a storage pod company. No matter how you do it, just pack stuff up and get it gone. You’ll make your home feel bigger and make it much more attractive to buyers. It will seem much more spacious and they will more easily be able to see their stuff in it.
  2. Get to Cleaning: Clean your house like it’s your job. Everything should be given a once over and cleaned as deeply as possible. You’re looking to get everything looking brand new. You also want to be aware of how things smell, too. Make sure the house smells clean and fresh as well as looks that way too. If you don’t have the time or inclination to give your house a good cleaning, hire a professional to clean it for you. It will pay off in spades later.
  3. Do the Daily Sweep: Some sellers live like they are on vacation. When they are done with their morning or night bathroom routines, they put their toiletries back into an overnight bag. They then wipe down the countertops and make sure they are as clean as possible. Kitchen and bathroom counters should be cleaned daily and left as bare as possible. This makes them look larger and keeps them looking fresh.
  4. First Impressions: The first things your potential buyers see need to make them want to buy your house. So, clean up your yard, make sure it looks sharp and inviting. You should also use potted plants to bring some color and life into the front of your house. Even putting a fresh coat of paint on your front door can do wonders for selling your home.
  5. Don’t Ignore the Big Things: If your house needs to be painted, you need a new roof or there are other big issues then you can’t just ignore them. Your house might still sell but you’re going to have to adjust the price accordingly.