How To Speed a House Sale “48 Steps”

How To Speed a House Sale

As you start to prepare to sell your home, here are 48 steps to help speed up that process.

Total Time: 5 days

Evaluate

Evaluate How To Speed a House Sale

1. Have a Realtor®, interior decorator or professional organizer walk through your home to evaluate what needs to be updated, repaired or removed.

Repair

Repair How To Speed a House Sale

2. Patch damaged walls.
3. Replace cracked floor tiles.
4. Oil squeaky doors.
5. Fix sticky windows.
6. Fix leaky faucets and toilets.
7. Re-caulk tubs and sinks.
8. Replace broken windows and screens.

Update

Update How To Speed a House Sale

9. Replace cabinet knobs and pulls.
10. Update lighting fixtures, if needed.
11. Update blinds, if needed.
12. Replace faucets and shower heads,if needed.

Paint

Paint How To Speed a House Sale

13. Paint the interior in neutral colors.
14. Paint exterior doors and window trim.
15. Paint shutters.
16. Repaint exterior, if needed.

Brighten

Brighten How To Speed a House Sale

17. Take down heavy window treatments that block light.
18. Wash all windows.
19. Increase the wattage of light bulbs.
20. Replace dark lamp shades.

Depersonalize

Depersonalize How To Speed a House Sale

21. Remove family photos.
22. Store knickknacks.

De-Clutter

De-Clutter How To Speed a House Sale

23. Thin out the books on your shelves.
24. Empty kitchen counters.
25. Place out-of-season clothing in storage.
26. Rent a storage unit to store unneeded items.

Organize

Organize How To Speed a House Sale

27. Organize pantry.
28. Organize closets.
29. Organize basement.
30. Organize garage and shed.

Clean

Clean How To Speed a House Sale

31. Clean all interior surfaces.
32. Wash windows and doors.
33. Air out and clean in cabinets and under sinks.
34. Power wash exterior of house and sidewalks.
35. Clean outdoor furniture.
36. Clean porch lights of cobwebs and debris.

Hide Signs of Pet

Hide Signs of Pet How To Speed a House Sale

37. Remove pet smells.
38. Hide pet food and bowls.
39. Take pets for a walk during showings or send them to day care during open houses.

Stage Inside

Stage Inside How To Speed a House Sale

40. Reduce the amount of furniture in each room.
41. Organize furniture to create seating areas and give each part of the home a purpose.
42. Place cut flowers around home during showings.

Prune and Landscape

Prune and Landscape How To Speed a House Sale

43. Remove dead plants.
44. Prune or replace overgrown shrubs.
45. Fill open spots with seasonal flowers.
46. Add fresh mulch to beds.

Stage Outside

Stage Outside How To Speed a House Sale

47. Make sure front porch/ entryway is clean and inviting.
48. Use outdoor furniture to create inviting spaces.

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I am a license Real Estate Broker in Florida. I have been on the industry already for more than 10 years specializing on investors seeking great returns on their investments by flipping properties and acquire them seeking cash flow.

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