47 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Sell Faster

    Suggestions and ideas to improve your home’s appearance and help you prepare to sell it faster!

    Throughout the House

    • 1. Open the draperies, pull up the shades and let in the sunlight.
    • 2. Create a positive mood. Turn on all lights, day or night and install higher wattage light bulbs to show your home brightly.
    • 3. Remove clutter from each room to visually enlarge them.
    • 4. If you have a fireplace, highlight it in your decorating.
    • 5. Keep your home dusted and vacuumed at all times.
    • 6. Replace the carpet if it does not clean up well.
    • 7. Have a family “game plan” to get the home in order quickly if necessary.
    • 8. Air out your home for one-half hour before showings, if possible.
    • 9. Lightly spray the house with air freshener so that it has a chance to diffuse before the buyer arrives.
    • 10. Put family photos in storage.
    • 11. Improve traffic flow through every room by removing unnecessary furniture.
    • 12. Create the feeling of a spacious entry area by using decorative accents and removing unnecessary furniture.
    • 13. Putty over and paint any nail holes or other mishaps in the walls.
    • 14. Paint all interior walls a neutral color to brighten the home and make it look bigger.
    • 15. Repair or replace any loose or damaged wallpaper.
    • 16. Clean all light bulbs and light fixtures to brighten the home.
    • 17. Wash all windows inside and out.
    • 18. Use plants in transitional areas of your home.
    • 19. Make the most of your attic’s potential.
    • 20. Remove and/or hide excess extension cords and exposed wires.
    • 21. Open doors to areas you want potential buyers to see such as walk-in closets, pantries, attics, etc.
    • 22. Remove all smoke and pet odors.
    • 23. Repair or replace banisters and handrails.

    In the Kitchen

    • 24. Microwave a small dish of vanilla twenty minutes before a showing and place it in an out-of-the-way place.
    • 25. Highlight an eat-in area in your kitchen with a table set for dinner.
    • 26. The kitchen and bathrooms should always be spotlessly clean.
    • 27. Expand your counter space by removing small appliances.

    In the Bedrooms

    • 28. Create a master suite effect in your decorating.
    • 29. Depersonalize bedrooms and decorate in a neutral scheme.
    • 30. Make sure that the beds are made and the linens are clean.
    • 31. Organize your closets, remove unnecessary items and put them in storage.

    In the Bathrooms

    • 32. Do not leave towels around and wipe down the sinks and shower areas after each use.
    • 33. Re-caulk the tub if the caulk is not sparking white.
    • 35. Replace shower curtains and keep them clean.
    • 36. Put out fresh towels and decorative soaps.

    Outside

    • 37. Keep the yard mowed and raked at all times.
    • 38. Use flowering plants to dress up the yard, walkway, and patio.
    • 39. Remove all toys, bicycles, tools, unsightly patio furniture and trash from the yard.
    • 40. Porches, steps, verandas, balconies, patios and other extensions of the house should be kept uncluttered, swept and in good condition.
    • 41. Paint all entrance doors.
    • 42. Make sure the garage door opens easily. Fix and paint the garage door if necessary.
    • 43. Clean and shine all hardware and accessories indoors and out (door knobs, knockers, lamps, mailbox, address number, etc.)
    • 44. Trees and shrubs should be trimmed and pruned.
    • 45. Use a new doormat.
    • 46. Be sure the front doorbell is in good working order.
    • 47. Be sure the front door and screen door works perfectly.