Seller's Guide To Preparing A Home To Sell
Published on August 22nd, 2016

This Smart Seller’s Guide will walk you though 5 important ways to prepare you home to sell. If you’ve been thinking about selling or are in the process of getting your house ready, these steps are extremely relevant to you.

When buyers are touring multiple properties, first impressions can make a big difference. Take some time to get your home ready to ensure it stands out and makes a lasting impression.

Seek Advice

As a smart seller, the first thing you should do is talk to a REALTOR®. Your REALTOR® is an experienced professional who can help guide you to the areas of your home that need some attention.


Regardless of your timeline, cleaning your home is one of the most important things you can do to prepare you home to sell. Imagine yourself as the buyer in your home. What would you want to see? Spotless bathrooms and kitchen, swept floors and vacuumed carpets show buyers that the home is well cared for.

Remove Clutter

Your photos, possessions and decor accents are important to you, but these items may be distracting to potential buyers. Smart sellers understand that it’s important for a buyer to be able to visualize their family in the home. Removing extra decor and other items is the perfect place to start.


Renovations can help add value to your home, but it’s important to choose renovations wisely. Again, this is a great time to consult with a REALTOR®. You can work with your REALTOR® to determine which renovations fit into your budget and timeline, and more importantly if they will add value to your home. The key is to find cost-effective renovations that will make a big difference in value and your home’s appeal. These might include:

  • Kitchen updates – Kitchen renovations can vary from new cabinets and/or counter tops, to smaller improvements such as updating the hardware and new paint on the walls. Buyers will love to see updates when they walk into your kitchen.
  • Bathroom improvements – A bathroom with great lighting, especially in an older home, can make such a difference.. Upgrading lighting fixtures, colours, and adding large mirrors can really brighten up the space.
  • Energy-Efficiency – Upgrades that help reduce bills are attractive from a buyer’s perspective, such as energy-efficient appliances.


When you move into your next home, you likely won’t want to move into a house that needs a lot of repairs immediately. Neither do other buyers. Smart sellers know that taking the time to make necessary repairs is a great way to keep buyers interested in a property. These repairs might not be significant enough to be noticed on the first tour, but they’ll definitely stand out if they’re not done. This includes anything that has been worn down or is damaged in some way.

If you’re not sure what needs to be done to your home before you list it, the most important thing you can do is talk to your REALTOR®. Our Royal City Realty REALTORS® know what buyers are looking for in today’s market and can help guide you through the selling process, beginning with getting your home ready.

Other guides for Smart Sellers:

Determining the Market Value of Your Home

Am I Priced to Sell?

How Long Will It Take To Sell My Home?

Contact a Fully-licensed REALTOR® today!

Looking for an experienced REALTOR® that specializes in real estate across Wellington County? At Royal City Realty we are focused on helping you unlock your future.