When it comes time to sell your home, you want to maximum the resale value. Fortunately, making sure your home is in tip top shape isn’t rocket science. Today, we are going to cover 5 things you should do before listing your home to get the most money from the sale.

  1. Make Sure it is Clean & Odor Free

When a potential buyer walks into your home, the scent of the home sets the tone of their walk through. Potential buyers want to picture their lives, not yours. The odor of a dog, cat, food you’ve cooked can be a real turn off. Many products like Febreeze and Air Wick just somewhat mask the odor. Scented candles can be a good option, but choose the scent wisely. Not everyone will like “Vanilla Cupcake”. Your best bet is to use a product that eliminates the source of the odor. Products that are enzyme-based are great for breaking down urine odor. If there are multiple things contributing to the odor a product that neutralizes is the best choice. Neutralizing products destroy multiple causes, not specific types, like enzyme- based products. Next, you should focus on the overall cleanliness of the house. Dishes and laundry should be put up, trash taken out, toys put away, and bathroom scrubbed. Remember, you want the potential buyer to focus on the house not your belongings.

  1. Get Rid of Unwanted Guests

If a buyer sees a mouse or cockroach, they will mostly likely stop and run out the door without even finishing looking at the house. Buyers that see one mouse or bug will automatically assume that there is a major infestation, even if there isn’t. A few weeks before listing your home call a pest control company to check for termites and eliminate pests. If you have termite damage, it is best to know before the house is listed.

  1. Freshen Up Your Landscaping

Curb appeal is a must! Landscaping shouldn’t be overlooked as it is probably the reason that buyers are visiting to begin with. If there are weeds and vines growing everywhere, that is a good indication of what could be going on inside. If the house needs maintenance on the outside that is probably true on the inside, as well. Freshening the landscaping can be as easy as, planting a few bright flowers in the front and adding new mulch.

  1. Fix Broken Pavement and Concrete

As mentioned above, maintenance needed on the outside usually means maintenance is needed inside. After you’ve worked on the landscaping look around the property from top to bottom. If you have broken pavement or concrete, that needs to be addressed. According to North Shore Paving, asphalt contractors should be licensed, experienced, and well-trained to ensure quality results. Again, you want the focus to be on the house not the flaws.


  1. Remove Clutter and Stage Each Room

Removing clutter is not the same as having a clean house. Removing the clutter simply means removing all extra things in the room that aren’t needed. Any extra picture frames or trinkets need to be stored.  This is important in the kitchen too. Large kitchens add value to the house. Remove anything on the counter that isn’t necessary such as mixers and convection ovens.

Having overstuffed closets isn’t ideal. Place the items you don’t need, but want to keep in a storage unite or a portable storage building. Every room needs staged after it has been de-cluttered. Add throws and pillows for an inviting feel. Also, add a modern rug and some light furniture to make the room feel up to date and trendy.

These five tips will have buyers excited over your property. As you can see, a few simple changes can make a huge difference in the value of your home. Potential buyers need to be excited by the curb appeal of your house, as well as, the initial feel of your home. A fresh scent and de-cluttered house will go a long way.