How to Prepare Your Home Before Selling

Remember the 60-second rule: That’s all the time you have to create a winning first impression.

Top three improvements to add property value:


A roof is a big ticket item and one that buyers really don't want to see falling apart when purchasing a new home. Buyers will pay more for a home that has a maintenance free roof for the forseeable future.

Boiler/ Heat System

Your home's major systems, such as heating, will bring a ton of value if buyers have peace of mind they won't need to worry about it or pay for it any time in the near future.


A new or updated electrical panel and wiring will have buyers paying more. Safety is always a factor and people want to make sure that their huge investment is also a safe place to live.

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Best ways to maximize your home’s appeal:

Property Exterior

  • Keep the grass cut and remove all yard clutter
  • Weed and apply fresh mulch to flower beds
  • Apply fresh paint to wooden fences
  • Tighten and clean all door handles
  • Clean windows inside and out
  • Powerwash home’s exterior
  • Ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached and functioning
  • Paint the front door
  • Buy a new welcome mat
  • Place potted flowers near the front door

Property Interior

  • Evaluate the furniture in each room and remove anything that interrupts “the flow” or makes the room appear smaller. Consider renting a storage unit to move items off-site
  • Clean and organize cabinets, closets and bookshelves
  • Clean all light fixtures and ceiling fans
  • Shampoo carpets
  • Remove excessive wall hangings and knick-knacks
  • Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps
  • Make minor repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking)
  • Clean or paint walls and ceilings
  • Replace worn cabinet and door knobs
  • Fix or replace discolored grout
  • Replace broken tiles
  • Replace worn countertops