home seller leaning on a moving box

There is a ton of advice out there on how to get your home ready to sell.  It's all good advice, and even complete home staging is a good idea, but a lot of people just don't have the time or the money to do the things they would like to do to make their house the best it can be.

If you're one of those people who is seriously time-challenged or financially challenged, then here are a few things you can accomplish that will have the most impact on getting your home sold in the least amount of time for the most money.

  1. Go through every room with some boxes, and pack away anything that you won't need again until you are in your new home.  This includes personal items, family photos, knick-knacks, clothes and shoes that you won't need until next season . . . anything that would be considered 'clutter'.  Think empty . . . the emptier your closets the better.  'Less is more' applies to every room and every closet in your home.  
  2. Do a thorough Spring cleaning of your home top to bottom.  Don't forget to clean the appliances, walls, wood, and windows.  If you don't have time to thoroughly clean everything yourself, hire a home cleaning professional, carpet cleaner, and window washer.  This is money you need to spend if you can't do it yourself.  It's that important.
  3. Of course, if you have any leaky faucets, or any items in need of repair, have them fixed now before you list.  We're not suggesting that you update or renovate, just repair items that are not functioning properly.
  4. Make sure your front door area, porches, decks, sidewalks and landscaping look as good as they can.  Clear off all the gunk and make sure everything is as clean as possible.

It's always a good idea to call your real estate agent and have him/her come and preview your house and give you ideas on specifics that will make it more appealing to most buyers.  You might decide that it's worth it to invest more time and/or money to remove and store extra furniture, remove any wallpaper, or have some rooms repainted.