Clicks and Mortar

A Real Estate Blog - Est. 2009

How to Prepare Your Home for Listing

Thinking about selling your home, but not sure where to start? Try these quick and easy tips to prepare your home for listing!

Floors and Walls:

Consider giving your floors and walls a quick update. Regardless of what shape your home is in, chances are it could benefit from a quick cosmetic update to the paint and floors. This is especially important if you prefer bold colors to the neutral. Temporarily give up your beloved chartreuse sunroom in favor of a nice greige, and buyers will respond positively.

Create Flexibility:

Creating space in your schedule will be vital during the selling process. Buyers will want to see the house, and you will have to be able to leave at the drop of a hat! Think ahead about arranging a place for pets, and activities that will keep the kids occupied at the last minute. A plan of action will give buyers a quiet and thorough viewing and will guarantee that you won't be camped out in a parking lot with the kids and the dog all in the car.


Decluttering your place before listing it serves several benefits. As much as you love your antique furniture or collection of Grateful Dead posters, buyers will respond better to a blank canvas so that they can imagine their lives in your house. Decluttering before you list will also be a huge help when it comes to actually packing and moving.

Gather Your Paperwork:

Spend some time tracking down as much paperwork as you can regarding the house and appliances. Locate manuals and active warranties for all of your appliances, fixtures, and installations (think garage doors, HVAC, security, and sprinkler systems).

Get a Personalized Market Report:

A personalized market report will provide information about transactions going on around your house and will give you a good idea of how an agent would price your house. Sign up for your free market report here.

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