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Now that you have decided to sell your house and search for your dream home, it's time to take the next steps to prepare for both transactions. According to the Zillow Consumer Housing Trends Report, in 2018, "synchronous sellers" – people who have sold a home and bought a home within the past 12 months – made up 61 percent of all sellers. It can be tough trying to attract and accommodate buyers while also persuading sellers, but it's a rather common situation in the real estate market and one that your agent can help you through smoothly. But before we get to the schmoozing, here are some steps you can take to get your home ready to be sold.


The first step to preparing your home for sale is fixing those small annoyances that you've been living with, but that could potentially deter a buyer. Buyers might see a leaky faucet as underlying plumbing problems, drafty windows as insulation issues and loose cabinets as poor craftsmanship. All of these mean extra dollars for buyers and it could potentially turn them away from your home. Inventory every room of the house and fix all of these minor inconveniences or call a handyman to do it for you.


Next, it's time to depersonalize your home. This is not only for the buyer's benefit, but it's for yours as well. Taking away personal items, like family photos and passed-down heirlooms, helps your house feel less like your home. Moving is never easy, you have memories and personal ties to your house, so distancing yourself from the intimate aspects helps make selling it and moving on a little easier.

For buyers, it's sometimes hard for them to imagine their own family living there when they are constantly reminded of you and your family. You want buyers to be able to picture their own family in the home, hanging out in the living room and making memories. This connection is important for buyers to make if you want them to put an offer on your house.


Now you are ready for the sprucing up phase. Begin by decluttering your home of odds and ends. Consider renting a storage unit to store items you don't need to be readily available. This helps free up normal storage space to organize and store everyday items. Besides, buyers are nosey and they will open up closet doors and cabinet – so make sure when they do, nothing will fall out at them. While you are putting things away, make sure you remove what you are not willing to include as part of the sale. Some examples could be curtains, rugs and small appliances.

Once you are done decluttering your house, you can move on to the deep cleaning portion. Rent a carpet cleaner or hire a company to come and thoroughly clean the carpets throughout your entire home. This not only removes unsightly stains, it also gets rid of set-in bacteria and dirt that cause odors. Dirty carpets are a huge concern for buyers because they want the feeling of a fresh new home even though they are buying a pre-owned one. It also will cost them extra money to replace the carpets and that can turn them away from the sale. Clean your house from top to bottom, moving large appliances to clean underneath and behind them. As stated earlier, buyers are nosey and will check every nook and cranny in your home to make sure there is no hidden underlying problem.

After you are finished with the deep cleaning, complete a few small projects to update the look of your home. It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do for its appearance. If any room in the house, especially a kid's room, is painted a bright, unusual color, consider changing it to a calmer, neutral color. Also, assess small fixtures, like light switch plates, cabinet handles and door knobs, and update them if you feel it is necessary. Switch out shiny brass fixtures for more modern ones in a brushed bronze or nickel. These small fixes can update the overall look of your home, appealing to a broader range of buyers.


Lastly, evaluate your curb appeal and improve where needed. It doesn't have to be extensive, just a light freshening up. Add a new, crisp layer of mulch around flower beds, trim trees/bushes and remove debris from the yard. If necessary, contract a professional to come and power wash the outside of your house to remove years of dirt and grime from its exterior. Take extra steps to keep the outside of your home looking nice throughout its duration on the market. Most buyers are looking for yards that don't require a lot of maintenance so give them that impression by keeping up with it. Mow the lawn regularly, water the flowers and add a few seasonal decorations throughout the property. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so do what you can to appeal to buyers the moment they see your home.



Spring is the start of the busy season for real estate and with that comes plenty of competition amongst sellers to outshine one another and appeal to buyers. If you're a seller this season, we've tried to even the playing field for you by coming up with a few different ways you can stage your home to make it look its best. These tips will not only help grab the attention of potential buyers, but will also allow you to enjoy the spring season!

1. Focus on Landscaping

To help accentuate your house, create a unique pattern on the grass while mowing the lawn. Then, plant flowers with uplifting aromas near your front door to not only perk up potential clients as they walk into your house, but to also give them something to remember your home by when they leave.

2. Play Host to Potential Clients

Spring weather is historically mild, but we all know there are occasional hot days. To help keep buyers hydrated and feeling positive, fill your kitchen sink with ice and put some bottles of water in it! This shows you care, and draws attention to a key feature buyers are looking for on their tour.

3. Use the Season to Inspire Your Design Elements

Buyers love to see pops of color when they look around the room, so whether it's flowers, fruits, or veggies, placing these natural items in vases and bowls around your house is perfect for adding some wholesome & inviting decor to your house!

4. Create a Theme for Your Home

From a nautical escape to a zenful retreat and everywhere in between, creating a theme for your house enhances the buyer's overall impression of your home by making it feel stylish and cohesive.

5. Depersonalize and Declutter

This trick can be useful no matter the season! By tackling spring cleaning, you'll be both revitalizing your home and opening the door to opportunity in the form of prospective buyers! A clean house goes a long way.



Any experienced real estate professional can tell selling clients all about the importance of making a home presentable before an open house. Obviously any imperfections or clutter can be a bit of a turn-off to would-be buyers, and it's therefore important for all involved to make sure a home is as attractive as possible. Part and parcel with that necessity, though, is the fact that what buyers want to see often changes as time goes on.

With this in mind, it's important for agents and sellers alike to keep in mind what the latest trends in home improvement are, with a focus on boosting that return on investment as the selling season gets underway in earnest, according to Jeff of All Trades. One of the big trends in the new year is that people want nicer kitchen areas so they can focus on preparing healthy, home-cooked meals. Kitchen redesigns, whether large or small, have long been a focus ahead of real estate sales, but figuring out ways to create more space for cooking is now a must.

Other areas to focus on
Along similar lines, when it comes to living healthy, many Americans now seem to also want to be able to cultivate fruits, vegetables and herbs in their homes. To that end, finding a spot to install even a small greenhouse-type window with the intention of giving plants plenty of light to help them thrive could be just another attractive selling point that scores big with potential buyers. For those with a little more space, it might be possible to set up a small indoor grow house with water and light access provided on an ongoing basis.

In general, people are more focused on going green, so any installations that help to conserve water or energy, or perhaps cut down on waste in general, could go a long way toward boosting a current homeowner's return on investment.

Focusing on the outside
The concept of curb appeal isn't in any way new, but the focus on healthy living and more of an outdoors-y feeling translates here as well, according to Trulia. The more homeowners can do to make the plant life in their yards thrive ahead of a sale – and perhaps this includes planting a small tree so new buyers can watch it grow over the years – the more likely it becomes that buyers will be charmed by all the greenery they see. Along similar lines, it might also be wise to build a small garden in the back yard for even more growing space, and that's the kind of DIY job that can be completed in an afternoon.

In general, the more agents and sellers can do to collaborate on what kinds of improvements to make ahead of an open house, the better. Often, something as simple as keeping on top of the latest design trends and learning more about what buyers want can inform the best possible decisions.


Here are some great tips to get your home ready so that it sells quickly once it is listed.


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