Prepping Your House For Sale

You’ve decided to list your house for sale. You’ve met with your real estate agent and signed a contract. Now you need to prepare your house to be sold. But what does that consist of? Preparing your house to be sold will depend on the condition of your home. It could be something as minor as a fresh coat of paint or asand costly as re-roofing.


  1. Let Go Of The Memories.

Prepping your house for sale means letting go of your treasured memories—memories that make it difficult for you to make a single change to the home. It means thinking in terms of what your buyers want and not in terms of what worked best for your family.

When my husband and I put our first house up for sale, the real estate agent asked me to repaint a very special wall. The wall had been hand painted by myself and my, then, 6 year old son and two year old daughter. In my eyes, it contained beautiful artwork and had received many compliments from both adults and children. But it was also something potential buyers had a problem with—would the artwork disappear with a fresh coat of paint or would they have to re-panel the wall?—and it was costing us potential sales. When I finally took the real estate agent’s advice and painted the wall, the house sold!

  1. De-Clutter Your Home.

The more spacious and open your house appears, the more your potential buyers can visualize what their stuff will look like in your house. And that’s a good thing. You want buyers to think of your house as their home.

De-cluttering means going through your house, one room at a time, and removing excessive knick-knacks, making sure stray items are put back where they belong, straightening up bookshelves, putting kitchen items in storage instead of having them clutter the countertops, and making sure your cabinets and shelves aren’t overstuffed. Remember, the more open and spacious something looks, the bigger it looks.


I am known for placing kitchen appliances on our countertops—within easy reach. But potential buyers kept commenting about how little counter space our home had. The minute I packed up the kitchen appliances was the minute we began hearing more positive comments—comments which showed real interest.

  1. Minimize Furnishings.