How to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

Moving to Chattanooga means selling a home, maybe even one that you love.  Taking an unbiased look at your home is often really hard. However, in today’s real estate market with several homes for sale, the key to selling your home is making it as attractive as possible to potential buyers. This often means changing it from how you love or live.

Here are some tips to help prep and get your home ready to sell.



Pack up personal photographs and family heirlooms.  It’s hard for buyers to see past personal artifacts, and you don’t want them to be distracted. You want them to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can’t do that if yours are there.

Organize and De-Clutter

Clutter in a room distracts buyers and makes rooms look smaller.  Clear off countertops, pack up knick knacks and keep items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.  Arrange your furniture so each room looks neat and organized.

how to get your home ready to sell

Rearrange Closets

Buyers will open closet doors.   Organize your closet so nothing falls out when the door is opened and allows buyers to see the size of the closet.  If your closet is packed with items you plan to keep, rent a storage unit to free space in your closets.

Make Minor Repairs

Areas that need repair should be repaired before placing your house on the market.

  • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
  • Patch holes in walls.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Fix doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
  • Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls.  You don’t want to give buyers a reason to remember your home as “the house with the orange bathroom.”
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.
  • If you’ve considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now!

Make the House Sparkle

Clean the house in every area to help it sparkle.

  • Wash windows inside and out
  • Rent a pressure washer to 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
  • 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 very inexpensive.
  • Trim your bushes
  • Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number


After you’ve done all of the above, 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 how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense.
  • Make sure window coverings hang level.

An unbiased person can help you get your home ready to sell by looking with fresh eyes. Ask a friend or your real estate agent for help.


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