How To Get Ready To Sell Your House!

Dated: 10/22/2019

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If you're thinking about it, or are in the process of selling your home, read along for some tips on how to get your home ready to list and for the sale.

My name is Karen Pujols and I'm a REALTOR® in Florida for La Rosa Realty. I'm based in Central Florida and here to help with all your real estate questions and needs. This post is also available via Video on my YouTube Channel.

Let's talk about getting your home ready for the market. You probably already made the exciting decision to sell your home and now you need to get your home ready for a buyer to put an offer it. HOW you do that, is what this post is all about. Here are a couple of things that I would suggest you are aware of as you do a walkthrough of your home.


People might think that walking in through the front door is the first impression of your home. But when you, as the homeowner drive up to your house, what catches your eye? Is it the tilted mailbox, the broken driveway, or the overgrown grass? That is the TRUE FIRST IMPRESSION of your home.

You want to make sure to inspect the exterior of your house. Do you see anything that needs to be given a little bit of attention? You can do things like:

• Give the front door a new paint coating
• Move the trash cans out of sight
• Get the lawn mowed, clean up the landscaping & revamp the garden
• Fix the mailbox
• Straighten the fences
• Inspect the condition and pressure wash the driveway

By doing these things you'll be making sure that the buyer won't feel like there's ALREADY work to do if they decide to purchase your home when they haven’t even walked in.

NOW we can walk through your front door. This is the second most important moment for the buyer, because now they will either feel like they belong there or like they want to get out of there.


Getting the interior of your home ready takes a bit more attention to detail. You want to make sure that your house is speaking to at least four of the buyer’s senses as they walk through it for the first time.

1. What do they hear? Squeaking doors, a water leak in the bathroom toilet? or do they just hear a pleasant sound of nature coming from the windows? 
Get any leaks fixed, grease up squeaking doors, focus on the sounds that your house is making and repair anything that needs to be repaired to remove the unwanted noise.

2. What do they see? Or can they even see? Is there enough lighting in your house, does it look dark and enclosed or does it look light and open? Do the walls need a new coat of paint? Are the kitchen and bathroom fixtures outdated?
Open the window curtains to let natural light come in, make sure that all the light bulbs are working and are the same tone; you don't want to have yellow and white lighting throughout the house. Declutter and organize furniture in a way that looks open and inviting. 

3. What does it smell like? Old carpet? Pet odors? 
Having a clean space is very important. If you’re short on time, you can hire a professional cleaner to get this done for you. Lowes has rental vacuums and tools to get this done on your own time as well.

4. Are things they touch broken or old? Light switches, curtains, flooring, appliances? 
Little things like chipped light switch covers can grab a buyer’s attention in a negative way. You want to make sure that they stay focused on how beautiful and perfect your home is for them.

If you take care of all these things before a buyer goes in to see your house, they won't see your house as a project. Instead, as they walk through it, they will only have the freedom to imagine themselves calling it their home and they’ll want to send you an offer!

Here's a quick recap of what you should do now to prepare your house for the sale

  1. Examine and prepare the exterior of your house for the first impression. 
  2. Clean and organize the interior by taking away personal items like picture frames and making sure your house is ready to speak to the buyer's hearing, vision, smell & touch senses.

Once these things are done, you can be proud and confident that your home will sell fast. 

Please feel free to share this post with someone that you know that's getting ready to list their home! And let me know if you have any questions or would like more ideas. I'm here to help!

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Karen Pujols

I’m a REALTOR® who works with home buyers and sellers. My enthusiasm for helping others and desire to make dreams reality help me connect with clients and provide them with the best service possibl....

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