8 Things You Should Do Before Selling Your Home

Unless your home is in perfect (and I mean perfect) condition already, you’re going to have to take some preparatory steps before even listing your home for sale in order to ensure a short and successful sale. That is, buyers won’t be interested in a house with stained carpet, chipping paint, or out of date appliances, so you need to make certain repairs and updates before you try to sell your home. Here are 8 things you should do to improve your home before you sell:


1. A fresh coat of paint will liven up any room in your house. Try to pick a color that matches permanent features of that particular room (i.e. the kitchen paint can match the backsplash tiles), but stick to neutral colors that will appeal to a wide variety of buyers. Also, some paints are more durable than others, look better after drying, and go on easily; time to do some research! Additionally, if you opt to tackle this job yourself, you could save literally hundreds of dollars per room!

2. Update Your Non-Wood Flooring. Wood floors are a universal favorite these days, but the cost for installing wood floors can be pretty steep. However, there are a few types of engineered wood flooring that simply lay down and come together like a puzzle piece, if you’re up for a DIY project. If you can’t afford wood flooring, laminate could be a nice substitute-it looks just like wood, it’s cheaper, and it can be more durable.

3. Fix Existing Wood Floors. If you currently have wood floors, but they’re dull or scratched, it’s time to refurbish them. Instead of replacing your flooring though, you can use a product like Bona Ultimate Hardwood Floor Care System that provides you with everything you need to get your floors looking like new.

4. Clean Your Carpets. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, you should have your carpets cleaned every 12 to 18 months. You can hire a professional carpet cleaning company to do this for you, or you could rent a carpet cleaning machine and do it yourself.


5. In your kitchen: Homeowners typically spend a good deal of time in the kitchen, and it serves as a communal place, so it needs to be efficiently designed and pretty. If your kitchen is cramped, dirty, or out of date, it would be a smart investment to update or even remodel.

6. In bathrooms: Second only to the kitchen, the bathrooms are the most important rooms in your home. This is especially true of the master bath. In addition, if your home has 3 or more bedrooms, but only one bathroom, you may want to consider adding a second bathroom to increase the value of your home and to make it more appealing to potential homebuyers. Otherwise, be sure to DEEP clean all of the bathrooms in your home; get rid of mold, dirt, and dust.

7. Windows: Replacing all of the windows in your home is definitely a pricey project, but it is one that will absolutely pay off. New windows not only improve the look of your home and enhance curb appeal, but they will also lower energy costs, which is a definite plus in the eyes of a potential homebuyer. Lower energy costs plus aesthetic appeal will be a great way to market and sell your home.

8. Extra Space: Having a home office, or other extra space like a den, nursery room, sun room, etc. is becoming more and more appealing to home buyers. Many people work from home these days, and so it is convenient to have extra space in a home for an office. If buyers are not in need of an office, the room can easily be converted into just about any other space, and that’s what buyers like, flexibility.

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Comment balloon 5 commentsRoberta Kayne • March 20 2013 10:23AM


Great information! Thanks for sharing with us.

Posted by Nick Lowry, Nick Lowry Team (Benchmark Realty) about 7 years ago

Thanks Nick.  Glad to share.

Posted by Roberta Kayne, CRS, ABR, SFR, RRS, Realtor, Re/Max Affiliates (Dublin & Central Ohio Homes) about 7 years ago

Some very good tips for sellers.  Thanks for sharing with us to pass onto clients.

Posted by Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD (The Celtic Connection Realty) about 7 years ago

Hi Roberta, We should all print this out and hand it out at listings. I guess they forget how important a clean and upgraded home was when they were the Buyers.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 7 years ago

Thanks for stopping by William.  You are right - we should hand this out to our listings. But I'd bet you have something like this for your sellers!

Posted by Roberta Kayne, CRS, ABR, SFR, RRS, Realtor, Re/Max Affiliates (Dublin & Central Ohio Homes) about 7 years ago