You only have one chance to make a first impression.

Before you list your home and show it to prospective buyers, there are a lot of details to attend to. Our agents have extensive experience guiding homeowners on how to whip their homes into shape and wow potential buyers. Here are some tips from our experts to get you started:

10 Tips for Preparing Your Home for Sale

1. Improve your landscaping.

Obviously, your home’s curb appeal is a critical part of a potential buyer’s first impression. Your lawn needs to be immaculate. Mow it just before your showing, and remove any sticks, twigs, leaves, or other debris. Prune your bushes, weed your garden, and if needed, plant some new flowers to add color.


2. Keep the outside clean.

A sloppy exterior will make buyers assume you've slacked off on interior maintenance as well. Be sure to clean your gutters and pressure wash your home's siding.


3. Address any needed repairs.

Your home needs to be in the best condition possible. Take care of any major repairs (including broken windows, rotted steps or railings, or a leaky roof), which could discourage buyers from the outset.


4. Make your front door inviting.

A fresh coat of paint, especially in a contrasting color, can make a large impact on any home. While you’re at it, replace any faded or broken house numbers so potential buyers can see them from the curb. Add a new welcome mat, and clear away any items that are crowding your entrance.


5. Declutter and depersonalize.

Potential buyers want to envision their belongings in your home. For this reason, it’s essential to reduce clutter (knickknacks, collectibles, papers, extra furniture, etc.) and remove photos and other personal objects. Consider renting a storage unit for these items.


6. Organize closets and drawers.

Messy closets give the appearance that your home doesn't have enough storage space.


7. Make every surface shine. 

From ceiling fans—to floors—and everything in between, clean your home until it sparkles!


8. Bring color down a notch. 

You might like your lime-green bedroom, but it may sour potential buyers. Play it safe by painting your walls a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of buyers.


9. Eliminate bad odors. 

Clean and hide the litter box, empty your trash, and spray air neutralizer throughout your home. Just before your showing, fill your home with inviting smells by baking a batch of cookies and putting out fresh flowers.


10. Be mindful of upgrades.

Talk to us about which upgrades will bring you the most bang for your buck. For example:  Adding a tile backsplash can be an inexpensive way to update your kitchen and give it a fresh, modern look. Another example: changing out your bathroom vanity for a more modern, updated one can create the “wow factor" your buyer is looking for.

Professional Home Staging Consultation

The Rioux Group offers advice on how to declutter, depersonalize, and strategically place art, accessories, and furniture to make your home more appealing to potential buyers. This service is available to all of our clients at no additional charge. We also have some light staging materials (including silk plants, artwork, rugs, and other décor) that we can bring into your home to further enhance its interior appeal.

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Expert Home Sale Advice in NH & MA

Our knowledgeable and experienced team is here to help you prepare your home to sell, making a good first impression on every potential buyer. Contact us today to speak with an expert home selling agent near you.