How to prepare my house for sale before a move?

If you’re contemplating a move soon enough and you have decided to sell your house, then you’re going to have to spend some time preparing your property for sale. Your serious efforts for making sure your house looks great both on the inside and outside will determine how fast you manage to sell it and how much cash you will pocket in the end.


Potential buyers need to be impressed by the way your property looks, and there is no way that’s going to happen if there are obvious problems with it. Therefore, you’ll have to make sure your house looks immaculate before you place the “FOR SALE” sign in its front yard. Fix anything that needs to be fixed, or have someone else do it for you.

Possible problems may include: squeaky interior, exterior or furniture doors; broken or loose floor or wall tiles; burnt-out bulbs; broken or cracked windows; leaky faucets; holes, markings or chips on walls; any roof damage and so on.

The interior

When the problems are fixed, it’s time to clean the interior and make it welcoming for its future owners.

  • Bathrooms – should be sparkling clean and fresh;
  • Kitchen – the appliances that are to be left behind should be emptied and cleaned through and through;
  • All other rooms – tidied up, their floors mopped and swept thoroughly;
  • Light fixtures – to be in perfect condition;
  • Windows, mirrors or any other reflective surfaces – spotless.

The exterior

How your property looks on the outside is a very important factor for a successful sale because it creates the first impression for people who are interested in purchasing your house. First impressions shouldn’t be underestimated, so make sure the interior is in tip top shape.

  • The grass in your yard should be cut and the hedges trimmed;
  • Fallen leaves and branches need to be removed, as should anything else that has no business on your front or backyard;
  • Walkways and driveways should be clean and cleared of any obstacles;
  • Fence problems will have to be taken care of immediately.

And, when you’ve done all the repair works, and cleaned and fixed the interior and exterior areas of you home, it’s time to put the finishing touches that could turn out to be either the deal-maker or the deal-breaker. Think of interesting and creative ways to make your home even more welcoming for its future owners.

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