Ready to sell your home? Here are some tips to help prepare your property INSIDE & OUT!

Tips for Selling Your Home

Less is More. Check for clutter both inside and outside of your home. Trim the bushes, freshen up your flowerbeds and make sure to mow the yard regularly. Is the front entrance neat and presentable? Maybe the front door could use a coat of paint. If you need a list of people who can help spruce up your home - just ask!

Let There Be Light

Make sure you turn on the lights both inside and outside your home at night. Show off your exciting architectural features in dramatic way. Many times a qualified prospect will want to view your home after the sun sets - give them a lasting impression that says buy me!

Make Everything Look Big

Clean out closets. Remove clutter from rooms. Rearrange the furniture to enhance room size and traffic flow. Need Help? Ask your Mike Thomas agent, they can recommend many qualified decorators who can make your home easier to sell and on a budget too.

Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets

Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means:

  • Alphabetize spice jars.
  • Neatly stack dishes.
  • Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.
  • Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.
  • Line up shoes.

Outside is just as important! If a buyer won't get out of her agent's car because she doesn't like the exterior of your home, you'll never get her inside.

Make the House Sparkle!

Let it Shine

  • Wash windows inside and out.
  • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
  • Clean out cobwebs.
  • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
  • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
  • Clean out the refrigerator.
  • Vacuum daily.
  • Wax floors.
  • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
  • Bleach dingy grout.
  • Replace worn rugs.
  • Hang up fresh towels.
  • Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows.
  • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.

Check Curb Appeal

If a buyer won't get out of her agent's car because she doesn't like the exterior of your home, you'll never get her inside.

  • Keep the sidewalks cleared.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Paint faded window trim.
  • Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.
  • Trim your bushes.


  • Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?
  • Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.
  • Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense.
  • Make sure window coverings hang level.
  • Tune in to the room's statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and pizazz?
  • Does it look like nobody lives in this house? You're almost finished.