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Can These 3 Steps Prepare Your Home for Sale?

Using this simple three-step process in each area of your home can really make a difference if you plan on selling in the next year or two.

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If you’re thinking of selling your home in the next year or two, there are still some things you can be doing to prepare yourself for the sale—even though it isn’t in the immediate future.

In fact, a past customer recently asked me what kind of steps they can take in this situation.

It’s actually a great idea to prepare your home for sale in advance. Not only does it mean you have more time to get things finished, it also means that you won’t have a huge list of things to do once you get closer to the sale.

To make it simple, there are three steps you need to apply to each area of your home: check the surfaces, apply the one-to-three rule, and make sure everything works.

Surprisingly, the first place you’ll want to begin is your mailbox. A mailbox can be a great indicator of how well a home has been maintained, so it is a good place to start.

First, check the surface. Does the mailbox need to be painted or otherwise fixed up? Also, does it work properly? For example, you should fix or replace a mailbox with a broken door.


A buyer walking into a home that looks less than polished will likely not be as willing to pay the best price.


After this, move to the front porch and apply our three-step list. Look at the condition and appearance of all the items—including the front door and the spindles. Next, apply the one-to-three rule by replacing mismatched patio furniture with two matching chairs and a table.

Finally, make sure all the features, like the doorbell and any lights, are in working order.

Apply this same process to the dining room. Remember to make sure none of the wood is scratched up, and when you move on to the living room, check to see if the carpet is fraying or stained.

If you apply each of these steps to every room in the home, you are more likely to sell and get your full listing price. A buyer walking into a home that looks less than polished will likely not be as willing to pay the best price.

So, if you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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