How to Get Your House Ready for Sale


How to Get Your House Ready for Sale | Century 21 Action

What's most important when getting your house ready for sale? We're so glad you asked. We have the top tips to help you get your house ready for the market and to attract the largest pool of potential home buyers. Let Century 21 Action be your Topsail Island realty experts. We have the local knowledge, time-tested experience, and hard-working professionals you need. Check out these suggestions and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

1. Pick a list date and work backwards.

Don't just list your home right away. Also don't feel like you have to get it on the market ASAP. Make a list of what needs to be done (many of the those items are below), and then set a reasonable time that it will take to accomplish them. When you're within a few weeks of completing those tasks, go ahead and put your house on the market and let your realtor know a specific date when your house will be available to show.

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2. Get a second opinion.

Get a fresh perspective from someone who can spot the imperfections in your home that you may overlook. Invite some family or friends over and have them give you an honest assessment of how you house looks on the inside and out. This will help you prepare your to-do list. You'll want to address any issues before potential buyers walk in to your home because they tend to notice everything. Being proactive is key.

3. View your house as a business.

Now is the time to prepare yourself emotionally and sever the wistful memories, fond feelings and emotional attachments to your home. Change the way you view your home. It's not your home as much as it is a house for sale. It's an asset that you want to get top dollar for. Remove the personal attachment and emotional connection and focus on the task at hand. It may seem like a hard transition at first, but once you change your perspective, you'll be more likely to make wise decisions based on your head and not your heart.

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4. Declutter and depersonalize the space.

You are not trying to sell your home, but you are trying to sell your house. Remove as much of the personal stuff as possible and take out what doesn't add visual value to the space. For every piece of furniture, ask yourself if it adds to the overall feeling of your home or not. If it doesn't, get rid of it. Think of it as a pre-moving process, since everything in your home is coming out anyway. You're just getting a head start. Less is more in this scenario. The more you can declutter and depersonalize the space in your home, the better the opportunity for potential buyers to see it as their future home.

5. Stage your home to sell.

There's a good chance that your furniture has been arranged the same way for a very long time. But there might be a different way to stage your house that you've never thought of. Do a little research or consult an expert in the field. It's definitely worth your time. HGTV and other home design and decor shows and specialists have put out so much information to help you stage your home for showings if you decide to do it yourself. A few little changes can make a big difference in the look, feel and appeal of your home.

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6. Cultivate curb appeal.

The truth is people do judge a book by its cover when it comes to buying a home. It's not just the interior that home buyers notice. Curb appeal is the first impression of your house and the old adage holds true: You don't get a second chance to make a first impression. Obviously you want it to be a good one. This doesn't mean you have to spend a ton of money or embark upon huge projects, but there are things you should do to improve the curb appeal of your home. Power washing, retouching and repainting, repairs that need attention, fresh mulching, and a mowed yard free from clutter are top priorities. 

7. Opt for professional photos.

Photos are how potential buyers get a first look into your home. Bad photos do such a disservice to your house and are detrimental to your real estate marketing. Getting professional photos taken before your home is put on the market is well worth the investment. You can do your part by making your house look its best (and by following the tips above). Not sure where to find a good photographer? Ask your realtor for suggestions. Chances are they have worked with a few professional photographers and can provide you with some recommendations. 

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8. Right realtor, right price.

Choosing the right realtor and listing your home for the right price are really important. When it comes to choosing the right realtor, you definitely want to choose experienced professionals who know the local market. They can also help you list your home for the right price. You want to sell it fast… but if it sells too fast, maybe you priced it too low. On the other hand, if you price it too high, then it might sit for longer than you want. Prospective buyers will see this as an opportunity to come in with a lower offer. When a house is first listed, it will have its highest level of interest during those first few weeks. Capitalize on that!


You can read more tips to help get your home ready for sale and on the market here. We hope this has helped you focus in on what you need to do to get your house ready for sale. Let us know if we can help!


did we miss anything? 

Let us know! What have you done to get your house ready to go on the market for sale? We'd love to hear your experience.

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