How to Prepare Your Home for a Sale When First Impression Counts

by Loreena Yeo on August 16, 2010

The home selling business is a very serious business – especially in today’s buyers’ market. Buyers have not been very forgiving lately. Once they come  through your home and if it is not at its top condition, they just turn around and walk out. No second chances in this home selling business. Hence, it is  important to make sure you do not overlook even at the smallest nooks in your home. Here are some tips in how to prepare your home when first impression  counts:

Curb Appeal in Exterior

  • Add top soil and lots of mulch. There’s
    nothing like a fresh coat of mulch to show the buyers you care about the
    little details of your home.
  • Add lavish colored annuals in flowerbeds
    so Buyers can start appreciating the yard while waiting for the agent to
    open the door.
  • Mow yard regularly and make sure lawn
    looks well-manicured and groomed.
  • As spring begins to start, double bag the
    fertilizer. Get it started soon.
  • Make sure yard is weed-free including the

Front Door/ Front porch

  • Clean and polish the front door until it
    shines. First impression counts.
  • Power wash the porch and walls.
  • Front porch is clean. Also look up and
    remove dirt, spider webs, etc.
  • Check to make sure door is easy to
    unlock. If not, lubricate it.
  • Remove hoses.
  • Replace broken door bell, if applicable.

Foyer/ Hallway

  • Coat closet – Remove clothing and items so
    buyers can view how much storage is in there.

Formal Living/ Great Room/
Formal Dining

  • If there are too much furniture, remove
    and simplify.
  • Remove children’s toys
  • Use greenery/ silk plants to draw the eye
  • Put a large artwork above the fireplace
    (rather than small items).


  • It is a HUGE reason why buyers buy one
    house versus another.
  • Polish the kitchen cabinets until they
  • Declutter and leave no items on the
    countertops. [Hint: Selling kitchen counterspace, not your items.]
  • Kitchen pantry – All cans and items turned
    in one direction and in neat rows. Yes, be obsessive compulsive. Be Mr.

Master Bedroom/ Bathroom

  • Showcase it as if it is a retreat. Minimize furniture.
  • Clear bathroom countertops.
  • Store toothbrushes, toothpaste, towels away.
  • Bathroom shower must be clean and spotless.
  • Remove perfume bottles and jewelry. They are more distractions to
  • Closets must be neat and with minimal clothing. Color coordinate the
    clothes. It will leave a long lasting impression with buyers.
  • Do the same with linens and towels. Make sure they are folded
    beautifully and neatly stored away. Buyers will think – if you cared about
    the little things, what more would you care about the house.

The great/family room, kitchen and master bedrooms are the most important
rooms in the home. It must be showcased meticulously and give no reason to
buyers not to write an offer for the house. Nothing beats a clean house.
If your property is exceptionally clean, you probably beat half your
competition. Either pay for a professional clean, or get it steam-cleaned
yourself. Power wash the exterior and porches, clean the ceiling fans, vents,
ledges, baseboards and make sure they are kept dust-free during your buyers’

Loreena Yeo and 3:16 team REALTY employ the Systematic Market Approach to Home Selling in the greater Frisco TX
areas. We have successfully sold every single home we listed today, except for one. The homeowner who became very ill decided not to sell his house until his
health gets better. Read satisfied client testimonials of the Systematic Market Approach Home Marketing plan.

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/ Broker of 3:16 team REALTY
(214) 783-2210

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