Home Owner Series: 5 things to do before listing your house for sale

Home Owner Series: 5 things to do before listing your house for sale

As a homeowner, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the thought of listing your house for sale. After all, who doesn’t worry about getting a good price for their home? With the proper preparation and knowledge of what to expect from the process, though, you’ll have an easier time when it comes time to list your home. Knowing just how much work goes into preparing your house before putting it on the market can seem like a daunting task but with our top 5 best practices guide there’s no need to worry! From repairs and organizing projects, to enlisting helpful support further along in the workflow process – we’ve broken down all that homeowners should consider prior to launching an official listing for their property. Read on for valuable insights as we breakdown essential tasks and considerations in making sure that both buyer and seller are happy at closing time!

1. Increase curb appeal by creating a neat, inviting front entrance

A well-manicured front entrance can set the tone for your whole home, welcoming guests and creating an inviting atmosphere. Whether you’re looking to sell your house or simply boost its curb appeal, investing some time and effort into sprucing up your entrance can be well worth it. Start by decluttering the area and adding some personal touches, like a doormat or potted plants. A fresh coat of paint on the door or trim can also make a huge difference. Remember, the goal is not only to make the entrance look neat and tidy, but also to make it reflect your personal style. With a little creativity and attention to detail, you can create a front entrance that is both inviting and memorable.

2. Make sure all necessary repairs and maintenance are taken care of to avoid delays in the sale process

When it comes to selling a property, delays can be the last thing you want. That’s why taking care of all necessary repairs and maintenance is crucial. It not only ensures a smooth sale process but also adds value to your property. If potential buyers see that your property is well-maintained, they are more likely to make an offer. Plus, it saves you the headache of having to deal with last-minute surprises and delays. So, take the time to inspect your property, fix any issues, and make minor improvements where necessary. Trust us, it will pay off in the end.

3. Declutter and depersonalize your home so viewers can easily visualize themselves living in it

If you’re looking to sell your home, it’s important to make sure it’s as appealing to potential buyers as possible. One way to do that is by decluttering and depersonalizing your space. Get rid of any unnecessary items or furniture that could make the space feel cluttered or overwhelming. And while it’s hard to take down those family photos that mean so much to you, removing personal items such as these can help prospective buyers visualize themselves in the space. When a home is clean, minimalistic, and inviting, it’s easier for buyers to imagine themselves living in it. So roll up your sleeves, make a plan, and start decluttering and depersonalizing your home today!

4. Lighten up living spaces with fresh paint, new window treatments, and natural lighting

Transforming a dull living space into a vibrant and bright one doesn’t necessarily require a complete overhaul. A fresh coat of paint can work wonders in enlivening a room. Choose a light color to reflect natural light and create an illusion of bigger space. Along with paint, consider updating your window treatments to allow more natural light to filter into the room. This would not only make the space feel airier but also save on energy costs. Adding natural lighting fixtures such as lamps and LED lights can also help to add brightness to the space. It’s amazing how these small changes can make a massive difference in the ambiance of your living space.

5. Stage the home in an attractive way that will attract potential buyers

When it comes to selling your home, staging is a vital factor. An attractive and well-staged home can certainly catch the eye of potential buyers. By creating a welcoming and inviting atmosphere, you can create an emotional connection with buyers that can lead them to see themselves living there. From depersonalizing the space to decluttering and arranging furniture, to adding a few cozy touches, staging is a crucial step in preparing your home for the market. As an experienced real estate agent, I can confidently say that staging can make a significant difference in the selling process and ultimately result in a faster sale. So, if you’re looking to sell your home, take the time to stage it attractively to gain the attention and interest of potential buyers.


Listing a home for sale does not have to be hard. With a few key steps, including increasing curb appeal, making repairs and maintenance, decluttering, painting, lighting up living spaces, and staging the home in an inviting way – it can be quite simple. Whether you take one step at a time or jump right into everything all at once – these tasks can help ensure an easier selling experience when listing a home. Have confidence that our tips can help you avoid delays and make this process as stress-free as possible. Good luck with your search for the perfect buyer!

If you would like to discuss your specific situation and get my advice on how to navigate your home selling process I am just a call / text / or email away! With Lions Realty Group on your side, you’ll receive the best care and attention available in the industry today. We are experts at helping Home Owners get their home ready for listing, and will be here for search for a new one following the sale. Contact me today to get started on the home selling process with confidence! Currently assisting Clients in King County, Snohomish County, and Yakima County, with more to come.

Benjamin Record


Lions Realty Group

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