Are you ready to sell your home? Believe it or not, there’s a lot that goes into getting your home ready to be sold. You can’t just pound a for sale sign in your front yard and call it good. Take a look at what you should do to get your home prepared to be sold on the market today. 

Improve Landscape & Clean the Outside

First impressions are everything, right? That’s why it is extremely important that the outside of your house is in tip-top shape before selling it. Make sure your lawn is cut, bushes are trimmed, and weeds are pulled. You’ll also want to make sure you pressure wash the siding, clean out the gutters, and wash the windows. A sloppy outside may indicate to buyers that you’ve slacked off on keeping the inside looking tidy as well. 

Make Repairs

When selling your home, you want to make sure your home is in the best condition as possible. To do so, make sure you make any repairs that are necessary like replacing broken windows or patching up a leaky roof. Homes that need repairs tend to discourage buyers. 

Declutter & Depersonalize

When buyers walk through your home, they want to envision their life in that home. It can be hard for them to do that if you have your belongings piled up all over the house, or family pictures hanging up on the walls. Consider renting a storage unit to put all your personal items in so they’re out of the way. 

Organize Closets and Drawers

To potential buyers, messy closest and drawers may be a sign that there isn’t enough storage throughout the house. This can be a big deal for couples that have a lot of belongings. Make sure you have shelving units in the closets and room to hang things up to help keep things organized.


Take the time to make sure that all your surfaces are shiny. Scrub the floors, dust the tables, and wipe anything else down that needs it. From the ceiling to the floor, your house should sparkle. 

Eliminate Odors

When selling a home, a potential turnoff for buyers could be the smell the home currently has. To make sure that this doesn’t happen to you, fill your home with inviting smells by placing flowers throughout the house, spraying air neutralizer, or even consider baking a batch of cookies. 

Tone Down on the Bright Colors

Make sure your home appeals to a wide range of buyers. To do this, paint the walls throughout your house a neutral color. You might like the bright green walls, but your buyer may not. 

Improve Lighting

Let natural light into your house by opening up the curtains and blinds. Rooms with a lot of light tend to look larger than dark rooms. If you are selling during winter months, or have a walkthrough in the evening, make sure you have plenty of floor and table lamps throughout the house. 

Selling your home can be stressful and a lot of work. If you have any questions about tips and tricks to getting your house prepared for selling, contact Nancy Hibler of Karges Realty. She has the knowledge to successfully assist clients in selling homes of any type with any price range. Contact Nancy Hibler for all your real estate needs by calling 815-263-5791 or visiting her website.