Home Sale Prep Tips to Create a Positive Impression

Home Sale Prep Tips to Create a Positive Impression
Put that floral plug-in down and don't bother baking cookies--none of that will help you sell your home if you haven't taken of a few fundamental areas. To create a positive impression of your home, make sure to tackle these key areas:


Who's got the funk? You got the funk. 
  • It's time to get those rugs and carpets shampooed. You may not be able to smell your furbabies anymore, but everyone else can. 
  • Litter boxes should be cleaned and emptied more frequently. Rather than stow the litter box in a closet or small space, where odor can build and smell more intense, take the box temporarily outside for showings if possible, or place in a ventilated room, taking care to clean that area frequently. Floors should also be vacuumed often both during showings and the inspection periods--just pretend, the buyer is allergic to animals even if they aren't.
  • Do your kids play sports? Do you hit the gym regularly? Are you like us and love practicing Muay Thai? Then stay on top of your laundry. Not only will this help keep odors at a minimum, it will keep bedrooms tidy.
  • Look, we live in San Diego. Rarely do we use our heater and as a result, we rarely see homeowners change their air filters. Surprise the buyer's agent by putting in a clean air filter. 
Take care of the things that go bump in the night.
  • You don't need to go sage your house or anything (well, it wouldn't hurt), but take note of the creaks and squeaks around your home that could use repair or a little lubrication.
  • Make sure cabinet doors are properly hung and hardware is secure.
  • Investigate and repair squeaky stairs. 
  • Make sure doors and windows operate easily.
  • Take care of the creepy crawlers.
  • Did you take out the batteries in your smoke detectors? Better put them back in. You will need to install one smoke detector on each floor in non-sleeping areas. In addition, one smoke detector must be installed in each bedroom where sleeping occurs. The California Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act requires all residences to have functioning carbon monoxide alarms. CO devices should be installed on every level of the home. 
Look, we're in California, when aren't we in a drought?
  • Repair running toilets and dripping faucets. If not, you'll run the risk of potential buyers wondering what else in you home has been left unattended.
  • Plumbing clogs should be repaired. You may know not to use that tricky toilet or the downstairs shower, but a curious open house visitor may decide to run the water and cause you all kinds of grief and ruin your weekend if there's a plumbing issue. 
  • Make sure that your appliances and toilets are all compliant with California's water efficiency laws. 


Houses are just like people; every house is different and has a unique set of strengths and weaknesses. While this list of tips is a good place to start, we're happy to set up an appointment with you to discuss your home's unique qualities and how we can help you reach your real estate goals. 
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