There are so many things to think about when listing your home for sale. If you have a good listing agent, she should have given you a list of homework assignments to get your home ready for the market and potential buyers. Buyers can be selective and finicky when house shopping; so you always want to be sure to make the very best first impression on them.

The goal in getting your home ready for listing is to highlight the great features of your house and resolve any issues that might get buyers’ attention…in a bad way. Here are a few tips to get you started:


Worn and Stained Carpet – Of course this is the first thing that comes to our mind. If your carpet is showing high traffic area wear or there is a stain you have been meaning to scrub out, now is the time to take care of that. If buyers come into your home and feel like the carpeting will need to be replaced, many times they will ask for a flooring allowance as part of the deal. Why not cut them off at the pass and have your carpets professionally cleaned? Not only will it bring life back to your carpets, but it will save you some hassle too.

Junk and Clutter – Another offense sure to get negative buyer attention is having junk and clutter around. Whether it is out in the open or jammed into your home’s storage areas (garage, basement, shed, crawl space, and attic), clutter sends one message: there is not enough space in this house. And you definitely don’t want buyers thinking that. For something easy like counter top clutter; pare down to the essential small appliances and forego the knick-knacks. For large items or large quantity of items, you can always call a junk removal company to haul it away. We recommend JDog Junk Removal & Hauling. You can visit their website HERE.

Unfinished Repairs – Want to see potential home buyers run for the hills? Leave unfinished home repairs. Here are some examples: damaged walls, partially done remodels and missing fixtures. Any of these would shout WORK to people considering buying your home. That can only mean no offer or a lower offer; either way it’s not great news.


If you want the full value of what your home is worth, be sure to take these things into consideration. With some added time and money, you will be sure to get a return on your investment.