When we meet with clients who are ready to sell their home, this question always comes up: What do I need to do before I put my home on the market?

While specifics vary in each house we visit, there are a few simple steps homeowners can do every single time be prepared. Below are 5 steps every homeowner can take to prepare their home for sale.

Step 1: Deep clean you house. Thoroughly clean everything in you can think of and hire a pro if necessary. Your house needs to be completely spotless when it’s time to take pictures for your listing. This will also help buyers envision the space as their own without getting distracted by cobwebs and dust bunnies. 

Step 2: Declutter, declutter, declutter. Clear off shelves and counter tops. Go through everything you own and decide if you should keep it, donate it, or toss it. The more spacious your house is, the more inviting it will be for potential buyers.

Step 3: Touch up paint spots on the walls. A coat of fresh paint can do wonders for your home’s look and feel. Stick with a neutral color if you plan on switching up the colors. 

Step 4: Get a pre-inspection. Have an inspector come over and look through everything so that you know first-hand what repairs you need to make. By making repairs, or disclosing them, you’re going to help make the potential buyer feel more confident about making an offer. 

Step 5: Hire a stager. Trust us, it’s well worth it. Have someone come over and walk you through how your home should look for the market. Your space should be filled appropriately so your home can shine on that first week of showings. Staging is actually very affordable, and staged homes consistently sell faster and for more money than non-staged properties.