How to Prepare Your Home for Sale…Repair, Replace, Refresh (Part 3)

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How to Prepare Your Home for Sale…Repair, Replace, Refresh (Part 3)


This post is the Third in a series of 7 on How to Prepare Your Home for Sale. 


Now that you’re committed to selling your house, it’s time to take action to ensure that buyers will see all of the possibilities it has to offer. 




Now is the time to address all of those items you’ve put off repairing…the broken gutter or things that don’t work. Deferred repairs become distractions to potential buyers. 


They’re easy to overlook as we go through our daily lives.  However, your buyers will see them as an indication of how well the house has been maintained.

The calculator in their head will also tally up how much these repairs will cost them and when they do, 


If your carpet or other flooring is worn, replace it!  The days of thinking that the Buyer will want to pick out what they want are gone.  


Other areas to consider…

~Paint: one of the best investments you can make, especially if your colors are too taste-specific

~Appliances: One of the best ways to update a kitchen is with new appliances. 

~Light Fixtures and Hardware: Take a good look at your fixtures if you haven’t updated them in 10 years!



Refresh means clean.  Ask any agent and the one item they can all agree on is that nothing turns a buyer off more than a house that has an odor and is dirty,

Buyers and agents can overlook an odd-shaped room or a home that is still living in the last century, but a dirty home will turn off buyers looking for a house they can call home.

In Florida, we had a term called condo clean. It meant that cleaners cleaned surfaces and anything that didn’t have to be moved. 


Selling your house means a lot more than a condo clean. 

Clean means under, around, over, up, and inside.  

Closets: This is not the time to shove things in so they will be out of sight. Arrange your clothes neatly and try to have as little on the floor as you can. 

If you have shelves arrange your purses and shoes as if on display in a retail store. 

Cabinets: The same goes for your cabinets (and yes, buyers will open them). Edit the excess, and turn labels to the front. 

If it’s your linen closet, neatly fold your towels, again, as you would see them in a retail store. 

Drawers: take out trays or dividers and clean the drawer! Don’t forget the infamous Junk Drawer

Oven and Other Appliances: Clean inside them too!!!  Don’t forget your garbage disposal. 



Outside: Pressure-clean your sidewalks, driveway, and patio. Trim bushes and trees, and replace dead plants. Finish with fresh mulch!

Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures: Buyers and agents spend time at your front door retrieving the key and opening the door. Your dirty light fixture or cobwebs will stand out!! 

Air: Yes, your air needs cleaning. Cleaning carpets, window coverings and upholstered furniture is a good start!!!  Get fresh air in if you can!

Windows: Make them sparkle. Remove the screens to let in more light!



Preparing your house for sale is a way of
protecting your investment.



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Comments (12)

Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent post for seller to read.Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week

Sep 28, 2023 05:08 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC Appreciate your stopping by 

Sep 28, 2023 08:20 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Love it, Kathy... the Three "R's." I will add them to my repertoire. I already talk about the the Four "P's" of old style marketing (put it in MLS, place an ad in the paper, put a sign in the yard, pray) versus the Three "P's" of new style marketing: position, price, promote. 

Sep 28, 2023 05:11 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker sounds like an excellent topic for a post!!!!

Sep 28, 2023 08:21 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

You would think this is common sense. It is kind of like when you trade in your car, make sure to get it detailed right before. Give the best first impression you can.

Sep 28, 2023 06:09 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty  you would think so but we’ve seen houses that fall short of being ready because of all of the above!

Sep 28, 2023 08:22 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy

What an excellent post! It is so important to address deferred maintenance and all the things you suggested! Its so important to ensure the buyer sees all the possibilities your home has to offer them! I love your three P's Position, Price and Promote!

Sep 28, 2023 06:55 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX  no one wants to have to deal with a dirty house or lots of repairs!!!

Sep 28, 2023 08:24 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Sep 28, 2023 07:02 AM
Kathy Streib

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® thank you!!!

Sep 28, 2023 08:25 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Kathy, Addressing deferred maintenance and other aspects to uphold a home's condition for sale is crucial. Ensuring that potential buyers recognize the full potential of your home is essential.

Sep 28, 2023 07:18 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400  you don’t want buyers focusing on the negatives such as how much it cost to update the appliances

Sep 28, 2023 08:27 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Repair, Replace Refresh. 


Sep 28, 2023 07:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Sharon Tara you and I have had consults where the sellers would be better off investing in paint, new flooring and repairs rather than wondering where to place their furniture 

Sep 28, 2023 08:30 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy  and thank you for the great information to share with us here in the Rain.  

Sep 28, 2023 12:59 PM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm  thank you!!!! Hope you’re rested from your trip

Sep 28, 2023 08:31 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib,

What a well-thought out post.  I would point a seller to this post so they know what to look for.  Kudos!

Sep 28, 2023 03:44 PM
Kathy Streib

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® thank you for your kind words!!

Sep 28, 2023 08:32 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those are all excellent tips, Kathy.  When I bought my current home.  It badly needed paint, and especially new carpeting to replace the dirty ole tangerine shag carpeting.  Combined with unbelievable clutter, it was hard for me to look beyond, and make an offer.  

Sep 28, 2023 05:25 PM
Kathy Streib

Myrl Jeffcoat it’s hard to see past that! I viewed a home and I couldn’t help focusing on the missing light fixtures

Sep 28, 2023 08:34 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Sep 28, 2023 05:25 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well I would not have expected anything less from Lady Stager herself:)Endre

Sep 28, 2023 11:37 PM