How to Optimize Your Home for Sale

by Washington Federal Team on February 2, 2012

Has the time come to sell your home? In order to add buyer appeal and maximize the potential for profit, follow these simple steps to prepare your house for sale.


  • Clutter can greatly hinder your ability to showcase your home at its best and can also be a huge deterrent and distraction to potential buyers.
  • Go through each room and put yourself in the shoes of an objective observer. Adjusting your point of view will help you make impartial decisions about what to keep and what to toss or put in storage.
  • Pay specific attention to areas such counters and bookshelves.
  • Clean out those closets! Closet-space is a key selling point for many buyers.

Make Minor Repairs

  • Touch up paint in high-traffic areas of your home such as door frames, hallways and children’s bedrooms.
  • If you have rooms that are painted bright or abnormal colors, consider repainting them with a neutral alternative.
  • Replace any burned-out light bulbs.
  • Fix any leaky faucets; loose plumbing fixtures; and drawers, doors and windows that don’t close properly.
  • Examine the exterior of your house and repair crooked shutters, broken fences or loose siding.

Scrutinize & Shine

Now is the time for your home to shine! Scrutinize your home’s interior and exterior, and take advantage of these great suggestions to give your home a little extra sparkle.

  • Wash interior and exterior window panes.
  • Pressure wash decks, sidewalks and exterior siding.
  • Spruce up your bath by polishing chrome faucets, bleaching dingy grout, scrubbing tile until it shines and stocking fresh hand soap.
  • Use deodorizing sprays to remove any lingering smells, and place mild potpourri throughout the house for a pleasant welcoming fragrance.
  • In the kitchen, wipe down appliances, polish stainless steel, scrub counters and clean out the refrigerator.
  • Dust furniture and fixtures, especially ceiling fan blades and lights that might have been ignored for a while.

Upgrade Curb Appeal

Stand on the sidewalk and look at your house. Is what you see enticing? Your home’s curb appeal is its first impression for potential buyers.

  • Enhance your home’s landscaping. Prune bushes, pull weeds, keep the lawn mowed and keep walkways neat and tidy. A well-kept yard is a good indicator that the home is well-maintained in general.
  • Give your front door and window trim a fresh coat of paint.
  • Make sure your house number is easily visible and appealing. Consider purchasing stylish brass or decorative numbers that can be spotted from the street and match your home’s style.
  • Add potted flowers to your front stoop. Try mums or daisies as yellow is said to evoke a “buying” emotion.

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