When you have made the decision to sell your home, you will find there are many decisions that need to be made. You will need to make sure you understand what your lender will require, you will want to find a good Realtor to advertise and sell your home and you will need to understand other concerns as well. One of the most important things that will need to be done will be to properly prepare your home to be shown to potential buyers that will be looking and evaluating your home to decide if they wish to buy it.  

It is recommended that your start your home preparation by making it as clean and presentable as possible. When someone suggest this, often people feel it is obvious, but at the same time many would be sellers fail to do it. They mistakenly think that cleaning prior to the sale is unnecessary because they believe the viewers will understand it will be cleaned before ownership is transferred. But the possible buyer is judging the house by its current appearance. Having bags of stuff sitting on the back porch or elsewhere might give the visitor a bad feeling that dissuades them from considering your home further.

Cleaning the home is just the start. Many homes are essentially clean, but none the less cluttered. This can be just as big a problem. If you have bad windows, or your yard is in poor condition, the buyer is worried about the cost of repairing those issues after purchasing. Many sellers think they can just lower their offering price, but this does not work. It is necessary to make each aspect of the home look as presentable as possible.

Where ever possible, you should strongly consider upgrading to make the condition of the home as nice and appealing as you can. In many cases home improvements not only make the home more appealing, but more valuable as well. In certain situations if you know some repair or replacement needs doing, it is better to do it before putting your home up for market. Ceilings showing roof leakage, floors that are damaged, broken toilet seats are all examples of things that will turn most potential buyers away. If someone is interested, they will likely try to negotiate a substantially lower price if the home appears to be in poor condition.

Get your home inspected to better understand the considerations of the buyers. This will help you to understand what needs cosmetic improvements and what needs to be fixed or replaced.

Can you put up your home for sale without doing any of the things suggested in this article? Yes of course. But then the question is, will not doing so help or hurt your efforts to sell your home? Will you save by not doing them? In most cases it will cost you dearly in the final selling price and will usually mean that the time it takes to sell will be much longer.

In the end, it just makes good sense to do the work ahead of time and sell your home faster and for a higher price.