A How-To Guide for Prepping Your Home to Sell

Everybody wants to sell their home for top dollar. But in this market, preparing your home before listing can really pay off! Use these handy tips to prep your home to sell fast and for a great price.

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1. Depersonalize

Pack up personal items that might distract buyers and hurt a potential sale. Family photographs, heirlooms, and other sentimental items have personal value to you and your family, but buyers walking through your home will have a hard time visualizing themselves living there if they’re faced with so many family mementos. Make sure to also store your more eclectic pieces of art and furniture away in a storage unit while your home is on the market. Strive to keep your home as neutral and on-trend as possible.

2. Declutter

Buyers are looking for a blank slate. That means that the more items you have lying around, the harder it is for them to visualize their own furniture and belongings in the home. Decluttering will make it easier for buyers to see themselves in the space. Empty bookcases and clean off your kitchen counters. Donate or discard items that you haven’t used in over a year. Store away knickknacks and objects that you plan to keep. While decluttering can be time consuming, it also means you’ll have less to move!

3. Repair

For many buyers, repairs can make or break a sale! Most people are looking for a move-in ready home where they won’t need to make any repairs or changes right away. Even if the repairs are minor, some buyers will see them as a sign that the home hasn’t been well cared for and they’ll wonder what else is lurking below the surface. Before listing your home, walk around and make a list of everything that needs to be repaired. Fix any leaky faucets, jammed drawers, and doors that don’t close properly. Replace cracked tiles, torn screens, and patch any holes in the walls. Every detail counts!

4. Clean

A clean house will leave buyers with a positive impression. Make sure you vacuum, mop, polish mirrors, and dust under furniture and inside cabinets. Wash the windows inside and out and spray down the exterior of your home. Re-caulk tubs, showers, and sinks. Air out musty rooms and get rid of any strange odors. For extra sparkle, hire a professional cleaning crew to scour your home from top to bottom!

5. Stage

Once your house is clean and neat, it’s time to stage it for buyers! Arrange furniture so each room seems large and spacious. Replace old and out-of-fashion objects with trendy updates. Use neutral linens and towels in the bedrooms and bathrooms. If you feel lost, don’t hesitate to get your home staged by a professional. Stagers know the real estate market and what sells; they can give you advice to drum up interest from potential buyers so you can sell your home quickly and for a great price!


Are you looking to sell your home in 2020? Whether you’re about to begin the process, or just want to discuss your options, we’re here to help! Give The Roby Company a call at (858) 748-8002 or email us at team@therobycompany.com to get started.


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A How-To Guide for Prepping Your Home to Sell

Stacy Roby

My goal as a Realtor is to provide professional, individualized service to my clients with the most current market information. I eagerly accept the challenge of addressing each client’s situation and assist them with finding the right solution. My lifelong pursuit of knowledge is the driving force to further my education about real estate market trends and technology. The topics learned will be shared with my clients to assist them in making the decisions that are correct for them.