You are finally getting ready to put your home on the market for sale, but there is more to it than hiring the right realtor. This step-by-step guide shows you how to prepare your home for sale.

Why is Preparing Your Home So Important?

We understand that selling your home is a lot of work. You are going to have showings of your home, appraisals, and the negotiation process. It is important to start preparing your home well before it hits the market for a number of reasons.

First, you will be able to command a higher price. Homes that are clean and appealing and in top shape simply sell faster than homes in less desirable condition. If you follow this step by step guide you can rest assured knowing your home will sell faster. You may even incur a bidding war — which equals more money at the closing table!

The Guidelines to Prepare Your Home For Sale

A Clean and Clutter Free Home – There is nothing better than a great first impression. Remove the clutter and completely de-clutter your home. Clean the floors, windows, light fixtures and everything in between.

Neutral Tones are Best – Let your buyers feel warm and cozy with a neutral color palette. If the walls are bright green or feature unusual patterned wallpaper, your buyers will not be able to envision themselves living there.

Minimize Everything, Including Furniture – Less furniture is better. Think like a buyer and make each space appear larger with minimal furnishings.

Emphasize Curb Appeal – As far as first impressions from the street, a clean and landscaped yard can go a long way.

step by step guide to prepare your home for sale

Your Home Needs to be Photogenic – Remember, when your home goes on the market, the exterior and interior of the home will be photographed. Make sure your home lends itself well to high quality photos.

Fix and Repair Broken Things – A dented door, nonworking faucets and the broken mailbox or fence should all be repaired well before the home is ever shown for sale.

Special Touches During the OPEN HOUSE – It’s showtime! The smell and look of fresh flowers or home baked cookies can go a long way.

Prepare Your Exit Strategy – Have yourself and family members keep the place super clean. Have an exit strategy and find a place to go during showings.

If you are preparing to sell your home in New Jersey, especially Monmouth County or Northern Ocean County, please contact Open Doors Realty by calling 917.690.5390 or email us at

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