Get your home in listing shape.

Posted by Natalie Kershaw on Monday, March 25th, 2019 at 9:46pm.

It’s time for a change, a new breath of fresh air. Or maybe you have just outgrown your space and you just can’t ignore it anymore. Grandma shouldn’t be camping out in the living room. For your personal sanity, your three kids shouldn't be sharing a room.  And you should use your garage for your car, not an extra living space or a reenactment of hoarders. So if the thought of putting it up for sale gets you in a panic, follow these steps to get your home in listing shape.


  1. First and foremost get a  realtor. For Sale By Owner or FISBO accounted for 7% of home sales in 2017. AND if you sell your home by yourself you have to consider marketing and only 49% of FISBO did any active marketing. How well do you think they did? That means they were hoping beyond hope that the right buyer would magically drive down their street or that their co worker’s, friend’s Uncle’s Cousin was in the market for a new home. But that isn’t the biggest problem for FISBOs, it was getting the right fair price. The typical FSBO home sold for $200,000 compared to $265,500 for agent-assisted home sales. That means they walked away from $65,000, I don’t know about you but I don’t have that kind of money to throw away.  When interviewing a listing agent, be sure to ask about their experience in your neighborhood, connections to potential buyers and social media expertise. Make sure they have a well laid out plan for selling your home.

  2. Make sure you have plenty of light bulbs. You want your spaces to be well light, so buyers can see all the potential your home has to offer. This means your lights will be on and on a lot.

  3. PLEASE clean your home. You don’t want potential buyers to be thinking about all the work they will have to do clean your home, before moving in. They will be calculating how much Mr. Clean to buy instead of seeing the amazing layout, or a beautiful view. What may be acceptable to you, may not be acceptable to everyone. So, go around your home and see with new eyes. If you never go in through the front door, do it! See how the home is going to look for a potential buyer’s eyes and clean it up. And remember everyone will be opening up doors, draws, windows etc. So you can’t hide your mess in the closet or the basement.

  4. Declutter your home. The whole purpose is to make buyers be comfortable and imagine themselves in your home not visiting someone else's. So all the knick-knacks, a good portion of personal photos,  awards, bulletin boards, magazine, toys, and equipment needs to be put away. Also any extra furniture….think of it this way bare necessities. For example the living room: sofa maybe an extra chair, TV stand.  So if you need a storage unit, get one and put all the extras away.

  5. Now is the prime time to paint your walls. That neon green you love so much in the living room or your daughters fuschia bedroom. Those are all personal preferences and like I said before you want the potential buyer to imagine this is their space. They might not find those particular colors appealing. They might be thinking of all the work they have to do if they move in.  Which may all together turn them off from your home, even if yours is the best house on the market. Paint is fairly inexpensive, and with a little elbow grease you can make your home stand out from the rest and be more inviting. When painting think of neutral shades, whites, greys, and beiges. Another great tip is to ask the paint man at your local hardware what neutral is everyone painting their home and go with that.


These five steps will help you get in the right direction of selling your home and selling it fast. It may be a lot of work but will be worth it in the end when you are in a better space for you, your family and your wallet.



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