I'm ready to put my house on the market, but it's such a mess!

Thinking about putting your home on thMarket?  Every seller wants their home to sell fast and get top dollar.  Careful planning and knowing how to spruce up your home will bring buyers in to see it!  Here are just a few suggestions to prep your home before trying to sell it.

Disassociate Yourself from Your Home 

What does that mean? Make the mental decision to "let go" of your emotions and focus on the fact that the house will no longer be yours.  Don't look back - look toward the future and what your goal is!


It’s hard for buyers to get past looking at people’s photos and collectibles when they view a home, and this can easily distract them. After all, you want them to look at your house, not your stuff! We recommend that you pack away most of your personal photographs and particularly, family heirlooms. You want the buyers to imagine their own items being displayed.


It is amazing how much junk people collect over the years! A good rule of thumb is if you haven't used it in a year, you probably don't need it. Start by removing the majority of your books from bookcases, pack up those knickknacks, put kids' toys in plastic bins and out of sight in the closet or shelf, clean off most everything on kitchen & bathroom counters, tidy up that garage or carport. Three things to keep in mind – 1) a cluttered house looks smaller, 2) potential buyers will not see themselves living in your house, 3) buyers will feel your house needs renovating and will lower their offer.

Rearrange Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets

Buyers always "snoop" when they are viewing the home.  If things are organized in cabinets and closets, for example, they will think you really take care of the rest of the house as well.

Remove/Replace Favorite Items

If there are things that you want to take with you when you move, go ahead and move those items now.  For example, if your grandmother gave you the chandelier in the dining room, take it down and replace it with a nice light fixture.  The same goes for window treatments (curtains, drapes, hardware) that you want to take with you. If the buyer doesn't see it, they won't want it.

Make Minor Repairs 

Take the time to patch any holes in walls, replace light bulbs, fix leaky faucets, do touchup painting, Look at your home through the eyes of a buyer.

The Pat Wattam Five Star Team knows that most of our sellers need help & guidance on prepping their home for sale. It's part of our service and we love doing it! 

We want to help put you ahead of your competition! Call me to get started!

Debbie Hanna

(225) 772-3662