Stop! Pre-listing Tips to Use Now!

Many home sellers often overlook some easy and relatively inexpensive fixes that not only increase the visual aspect, but may add to the final sales price.  Major remodeling is costly and will not necessarily equate equally in the sales price, and sometimes will hinder if upgrades are too personal or specific.  These repair tips and maintenance items will appeal to the masses and will help a property sell quickly and usually for a higher sales price.


If your exterior needs painting or repairs, you want to take care of that!  This is the first impression that people will have of your home.  If the flowerbeds need weeding and paint is peeling, people will automatically assume that you do not maintain your home and that it is a fixer upper.  I have even seen buyers cross off homes just on curb appeal only!  Even if the paint is in good shape, you may even hit the door and trim again (especially around the knobs and deadbolt, this get scratched over time).  

Go throughout the home and scrub those windows inside and out.  You want them to sparkle!  Make sure you get help if it is a multi-story home!  Always be safe!

Be sure you clean all the clutter from the yard.  You want to put up any kids toys, mow the yard, trim the shrubs, and pull that grass or weeds from the flowerbeds.  You can place color flowers in the beds or in pots along the entry path or on the front porch.  This makes it warm and welcoming.  Sometime sellers will like placing them in pots so they can take to their new home!


You want to give your home a good thorough scrubbing.  I can not stress this enough.  Even hire someone to come in if you have to!   Really scrub the bathrooms and kitchen.  You want it totally spotless.  You want to keep it this way while your home is on the market, even after you have a contract.  Your home can still be shown and may even have a back-up contract accepted.

In the kitchen, you want to even clean the cabinets.  If the cabinets are in bad shape, you can repaint or restain to make a big impact.  This is fairly inexpensive and really makes a big impact on resale.  Take a good look at your countertops as well.  If they are badly worn or damaged, you may want to replace.  Sometime buyers will just focus on the worn or outdated countertop without seeing the potential the home has.  If you are going to replace, I usually will recommend replacing with a stone or granite type surface.  This makes a huge impact on making the home feel updated and you will usually get that money back on the sales price.  

You want to go through and at least touch up the paint through the home.  Every home- including mine- has little marks on the walls from shoes, furniture, or whatever.  Sometimes, I even wonder how it happens!  Sometimes you may even have to repaint the whole room or even the whole house.  Again, this is where I come in, I can tell you what colors will be best to appeal to the masses.

Flooring can really impact the sale of your home.  If you have carpet covering beautiful hardwoods, you may want to pull them up and show off that hardwood.  Hardwoods are really desirable right now.  If the carpet remain in the home, it needs to be deep cleaned.  I always recommend having the pros come in on this.  I don't mind DIY for normal cleaning, but the pros do such a better job and after all, the sale of your home depends on this!


The majority of the time, I will recommend the major remodeling wait until you get into your new home, UNLESS you have serious issues that need to be resolved prior to sale.  If you have a roof leak that has impacted drywall inside, you MUST take care of both prior to placing on market, unless you want to market as a fixer upper and price it accordingly.  A new roof will help the house sell!  A buyer will love the fact that it will be worry free for many years!  Basically any deferred maintenance needs to be taken care of now.  It will help you sell in the long run.

Just say no to Air Fresheners!
By Chris
November 3, 2016

I once worked an open house where literally every outlet had an air freshener plugged in....Don't kill the deal before you even get an offer!

The following is from Pillar to Post Home Inspections:
In more than one instance, the home inspector as well as the potential buyer walked into the home where the owner had plugged in several air fresheners, both the home inspector and the potential buyer had to leave the home as both were immediately impacted by headaches and sinus flare up. In one situation, a home owner had plugged in (14) of the air fresheners around the home, the potential buyer cancelled the contract before the home inspector could even get started as this situation cast a light on the home as to "what is going on here, what are they hiding"?

Many over the counter, synthetic air fresheners contain some very questionable chemicals, Phthalates, Parabens, Formaldehyde, Benzene and Petrochemicals. This could be a concern in many ways, one possible situation would be a potential buyer or buyer's family member that suffers from Asthma or other breathing issue might be at risk when entering the potential home.

During the home sale period, it might be best to shy away from commercial, synthetic type air fresheners and rely on more homemade or natural air fresheners like baking soda, vinegar or coffee just to name a few, see the link to the article that explores this and much more, click this LINK. (…/the-great-air-freshener-sca…)

In closing, while many sellers and their agents mean well, having a home with a good aroma is always a plus during the sale process, it might be good to consider alternatives that have a much lower chance of causing issues with those that are sensitive, and if synthetic air fresheners are used, extreme moderation may be a good rule of thumb.​­​