6 Focal Points for Home Sellers: A Little Spit and Polish Goes a Long Way

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So, you’re thinking about selling your home? Homeowners entering the real estate market are motivated to sell for a variety of reasons. In any case the number one question asked by a home seller? “How much is my home worth?” While there are several factors that make up the value of a home and property, homeowners can influence value through market preparation. In fact, this is where homeowners have the most control over value. A little spit and polish goes a long way. Properties that look their best are more likely to sell faster and for a better price. Here are a few tips for preparing your home for the real estate market.

Start outside by improving your Curb Appeal

  • Repaint or touch up trim
  • Make needed repairs
  • Wash windows and screens
  • Trim trees, hedges, shrubs
  • Weed and feed lawn and maintain mowing

Now, let’s head inside…


  • Check doorbell and replace lightbulbs
  • Put out new welcome mat
  • Clean, repair or repaint front door
  • Sweep walkway

Kitchen & Bath(s)

  • Clean appliances inside and out
  • Clear out and clean cabinets, drawers and pantry
  • Repair or replace, and polish faucets and fixtures
  • Declutter counters
  • Re-grout sinks, tubs and showers

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  • Touch-up or repaint walls, trim and ceilings
  • Clean or replace carpeting
  • Dust curtains, shutters and blinds
  • Remove fireplace ash, and dust the mantle and surrounding areas
  • Update décor — throw pillows, bedspreads, towels


  • Replace burned-out lightbulbs throughout property
  • Organize the closets
  • Eliminate clutter
  • Neutralize and depersonalize

Once you’re prepped and on-the-market keeping up all that hard work is just as important. Here’s what to focus on Before Each Showing:

  • Pick up toys and clutter
  • Clear off counters, tabletops and other surfaces
  • Turn on the lights
  • Make the beds and minimize furniture accents
  • Your home should smell inviting – think fresh linen, chocolate chip cookies, etc.
  • Set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature

Whether it’s a million-dollar property in Sierra Oaks Vista or a more modest home in the greater Arden area or beyond, taking the time to prepare your property for sale will set you apart from the pack. Think of yourself as a buyer. If you had a choice between two similar properties and one had the spit and polish and the other did not which one would you choose? You might even be willing to pay more for the one that shines.

A great full-service agent will guide you through the process and be with you every step of the way. For more home sale information and tips contact Sharon and Jackie today.