22 Tips For Preparing The Inside

After you’ve tackled the exterior of your home, head inside.  The goal here is to make everything look more spacious, more organized, brighter, warm, and homey.


  1. No matter what the season, do your spring cleaning.  Clean houses sell a lot easier than dirty ones.

  2. About the cheapest way to make rooms seem warmer and brighter is by buying higher intensity light bulbs, putting them in every lamp in the house, and then turning them on.  Also always open drapes and angle blinds to brighten rooms.  This gives the house a friendly glow.  Buyers will react positively, and feel good about your home.

  3. Brighten things with fresh paint.  White, off-white, or beige walls make a room look bigger and lighter.  And you can be fairly certain these colors will go with the new buyer’s furnishings.  Painting the inside costs very little, gives a “new” smell, and makes a big difference in buyer perception, so go ahead and do it.

  4. Too much furniture can make a home “feel wrong.”  So move out all your excess furniture, especially worn or outdated furniture, to make rooms seem larger and uncluttered, and take down pictures that hide walls.

  5. Clean out all your closets to make them look bigger.  Store out-of-season clothes in the attic or basement, and get rid of excess items.  Neatly arrange everything that’s left.

  6. Have a huge garage sale with all your excess items.  Not only will you be reducing clutter, but you can use the money you earn to finance your touch-ups.  You’ll also be reducing your moving costs.

  7. Clean all your windows and mirrors so they sparkle.

  8. Arrange the furniture so each room appears as spacious as possible.

  9. If the carpeting looks dirty, have it cleaned.  If it looks worn, or is a loud color, consider replacing it.  You will probably recover the cost, and your home will sell faster.  Ask Me about the competition in your market to help you decide.

  10. Launder draperies and curtains, if needed.  Dust blinds and furniture.

  11. Clear off the kitchen counters – that includes small appliances and dish-draining racks.  Make the counters look as expansive as possible.

  12. Clean out the inside of kitchen cabinets.  Leave them looking clean and spacious.

  13. Clean the oven and all appliances.  Wash the grease splatters from around the stove.  Don’t forget to polish the chrome on the sink.  Clean out the refrigerator, use a clear wax and polish the floors.

  14. A grungy bathroom will kill sales.  Make each bath look like a guest bath.  Polish the tub, toilet, and bathroom sink.  Clean all tile, grout, and caulk, replace cracked tiles, and grout if necessary.

  15. Put out fresh towels and a new bar of matching colored soap when the house is to be shown.

  16. Clean the furnace/air conditioner return filters and vents.  Then crank up whichever one is appropriate to make your home as comfortable as possible.

  17. Get out your tool kit, and fix all those little things that you’ve lived with over the months or years.

  18. Tighten loose doorknobs, drawers, cabinet handles, towel racks, switch plates, and outlet covers.

  19. Tack down any loose molding, glue down any lifted wallpaper; replace any cracked switch plates.

  20. Fix sticking doors and windows, squeaking doors, and wobbly stair banisters.

  21. Fix leaky faucets and remove water stains.

  22. If it’s time to spray or bomb for bugs, don’t wait until the last minute.

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