Create your own success story: Prepare your home to sell

From an article on the Briggs Freeman blog:

One Briggs Freeman client took six days to diligently go through a check list her agent had given her to prepare her home to sell. After putting the house on the market, she received two offers after only three showings – both over list price. Before putting your home on the market, ask your agent for an individual plan. You can use these tips below to create your own success story:


  • Clean every room and remove clutter. This will help make your home appear bigger and brighter.
  • Re-stage furniture and remove pieces where necessary. (A professional stager is very helpful.)
  • Hire a professional cleaning service every couple of weeks while the house is on the market.
  • Shampoo and vacuum the carpets.
  • Remove clutter from counters, closets and attics.
  • Clean the fireplace and hearth.
  • Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, molding and other woodwork.
  • Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.
  • Put new grout in bathrooms if necessary.
  • Clean and press the drapes or curtains.
  • Clean windows and dust blinds.
  • Repair flooring and tiling throughout the house.
  • Repaint soiled or strongly colored walls with a neutral shade. Apply the same colors to carpets and flooring.
  • Remedy animal odors.
  • Clean oven, range and microwave as well as kitchen appliances.


  • Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly.
  • Trim hedges, weed flowerbeds and prune trees regularly.
  • Unclog gutters and downspouts.
  • Make sure light fixtures are operating properly.
  • Replace any screens that have holes or fraying.
  • Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling.
  • Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint.
  • Add a few pots of beautiful flowers or annuals near your front entrance.
  • Keep your garage door closed.
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door.
  • Pressure-wash the exterior if necessary.


  • Open draperies and curtains before prospective buyers arrive.
  • Keep your home set at a comfortable temperature.
  • Play soft music throughout the house.
  • Leave the house while a prospective buyer is viewing the home and avoid having too many people present at the same time.
  • Keep pets out of the way.

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3 responses to “Create your own success story: Prepare your home to sell

  1. That’s really good information on preparing your home for sale. Once the hard work is done and your home is on the market, here are a few more tips.

    How to Prepare for a Showing in Ten Minutes or Less…

    1. Put the dishes in the dishwasher.
    (Or quickly wash the dishes!)
    2. Make the beds.
    3. Wipe the counters.
    4. Empty the garbage.
    5. Hide dirty clothes in the washer.
    6. Take a deep breath!
    7. Run a quick vacuum.
    8. Turn on the lights.
    9. Leave the house before showing!
    10. Smile! You did it!

    For more tips and helpful hints on listing your home for sale visit us on the web at

  2. So right, great post! Thanks for the hard work.

  3. Jim

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

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