How To Prepare Your Home For Sale

by Judy Spencer Dona, CRS, GRI, BROKER 11/17/2019

Getting your home ready for sale is a long process that will require some patience and hard work on your part. However, if you’re successful, you’ll be able to market your home to the best buyers and get top offers, making the whole thing worth it.

There are potentially an endless number of things you can do to prepare your home before listing it for sale. So, in this post, I’m going to talk about some of the most important steps you should make before selling your home to get the best results from your listing.

1. Make simple fixes

Before you start thinking about making bigger renovations, take a moment to make any small fixes around the home that you’ve been putting off. That door that gets stuck in the winter time, the blinds that creak when you open them… the little things add up and can give buyers a negative impression of your home. 

2. Get a professional home inspection

Serious buyers will get the home inspected before making a purchase. However, if there are any issues with your home, you’ll want to know for yourself long before selling time. Take the time to get a home inspection by a licensed professional so that you’re aware of any big renovations you’ll have to make in the near future.

3. Depersonalize (pack away those family photos)

Potential buyers want to be able to imagine themselves in your home. Having all of your personal belongings laying around can make that difficult. Neutralize your home by removing things that are unique to you and your family.

While this step can be tedious, you can also look at it as a good way to reduce the amount you’ll need to pack when it comes time to move.

4. Rearrange and declutter to open up the rooms

As homeowners, we accumulate a lot of stuff over the years. All of that stuff can easily make a home feel cluttered. Before you put your home on the market, it’s a good idea think about some ways to make your home ready for photos and visitors

5. Taking the best possible photos

How well-received your real estate listing will be will rely heavily on your photos. To get the best results, choose your photos wisely.

First, start by making sure your house is impeccably clean. Then, if you plan on doing any painting, get that done first.

Next, plan your photos for a nice day and take photos of the inside and outside of your home at different times of day. Since the Sun will cast shadows on different parts of your home throughout the day, it’s best to experiment with various lighting.

Finally, don’t be afraid to take a lot of photos. The more photos you have, the better the chances are of having a few really great ones that will portray your home in the most positive light.

About the Author
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Judy Spencer Dona, CRS, GRI, BROKER

You can learn a lot growing up on a farm in rural Illinois. Just ask Gillespie native Judy Spencer-Dona. When it came to the daily chores on her family's farm - raising the livestock and harvesting the crops - each member of the family did their part. And although she didn't realize it at the time, young Judy was learning invaluable life lessons that would be the foundation for her later pursuits. To this day, she'll tell you her strong work ethic and her commitment to getting the job done are direct results of her childhood days on her family's farm. Hometown Values Truth be told, Judy will always be a country girl at heart. Even though she moved away from her hometown for a period to take advantage of career opportunities, she carried with her the values she learned early on. While Judy was grateful for the chance to experience new places and meet new people, she always secretly longed to return to Illinois' rural countryside. She'll even tell you her love for her home grew stronger during her time away, which is whey she was even more grateful to be able to return to the area she cherished. It's been several years since Judy moved back, and she feels it more than ever - there's no place like home. She now has a different perspective on the area. More than ever she treasures the natural beauty, the easy-going atmosphere and, perhaps most importantly, the warm, friendly people. A Passion for Her Work With such a deep appreciation for all this special place offers, it's no wonder Judy is so passionate about her work. As the area's leading real estate professional, she finds few things more fulfilling than helping others in the community make the most of their opportunities here. Whatever your real estate goals, this dedicated professional is committed to getting the job done. Judy understands firsthand, there's no place like home. For buyers, she not only works hard to match you with the right home, but the perfect neighborhood to fit your unique needs. For sellers, Judy knows there are oftentimes many emotions involved in the real estate process. With genuine care and compassion, she covers the details and strives to make your transition smooth and worry-free. A Homegrown Professional Whether you're looking to buy or sell a home in Macoupin or Montgomery County, put your move in the hands of a homegrown professional who understands your needs. A professional who knows There's No Place Like Home. Make the most of your real estate opportunities and call Judy Spencer-Dona today to schedule a private consultation. • Full-Time Real Estate Broker • Top Producer in the combined counties of Macoupin and Montgomery since 1999 • Your Lake REALTOR with over $20,800,000 in lake sales alone • Works With New Construction and Custom Built Homes • Relocating?--Let me be your relocation resource • Your Mature Moves Specialist--Condominiums for 55 years young • Top Overall Producer for Century 21 Reid Baugher Realty since 1999 • Quality Service Award Agent (chosen by clients) • Centurion Award, Century 21 - '00-'07 & '13-'16 - Top 1% Nationally • Ruby Award -- Illinois Association of REALTORS President's Club - '01-'06, '14 • Diamond Award -- Illinois Association of REALTORS President's Club - '08-'12, ‘15