Preparing Your Home For Sale

What more could you want than to get your home sold for top dollar in short order without any hassles?

If you take a moment and read through the following suggestions before you put the property on the market, you’ll be on your way to a successful sale. We will help you to simplify, depersonalize, and de-clutter the home in order for it to show larger and brighter, giving a more spacious feeling to potential buyers.

These steps will provide you with an advantage over the competition. Many items will need to be removed to storage and packed for moving. This is important and should be considered as merely giving you a head start on the move to your new home.

The list of things below will help your home show larger and brighter and give a more spacious feeling to potential buyers, giving you an advantage over the competition.

Start by airing out the home. Most people are turned off by even the smallest odor. Odors must be eliminated, especially if you have dogs, cats, young children in diapers, or if you are a smoker.

Vacuum cleaner in actionIf it has been over a year since the carpets have been cleaned — or if they just really need it — now is the time to steam clean or replace them. Bare floors should be waxed or polished as well. Clean and wipe down all stained woodwork including doors and cabinets with a wood maintenance product such as “Old English” or “Liquid Gold.”

Replace or clean A/C filters. Clean all A/C vents and intake grids. Keep A/C set no warmer than 75 degrees and heat no cooler than 70 degrees.

Upgrade the wattage in all light fixtures to the highest level safety will allow.

Dust or wash all light fixtures and fans. Dust blinds, windowsills, and plant ledges. Remove any cobwebs inside and outside. Clean interior and exterior of all windows and glass doors. Take screens off before washing and leave off front of house. Keep all blinds or shades pulled up or open and draperies removed to allow maximum light.

cleaning-bathroom-sinkClean all bathroom tubs, toilets, and sinks. Then polish the sinks with lemon or vegetable oil. Polish all hardware to a shine. Store unused shampoos, soaps, scrubbing implements, razors, etc. under sink.

Store laundry hamper in closet. Store wastebasket under sink. Rugs and toilet lid covers should be removed. Store cleansers under sink. Streamline counter — one or two decorative items only.

Linen cabinets should be organized and items reduced. Use baskets to hold make-up and toiletries so that after use they can be stored under the counter. Bathtubs, showers, and sinks should be freshly caulked.

The grout and tile should be clean and in good condition. There should be no leaks in the faucets or traps.

For the kitchen, keep all flat surfaces (counter tops, appliance tops, and furniture) cleared off as much as possible. Kitchen counters should have very little on them to show that there is plenty of available workspace. Keep appliances stored when not in use.

Modern kitchen interior

Go over the kitchen as if you were a health inspector. Clean the oven, range (new drip pans) and the seal of the dishwasher door. Remove all magnets, notes, pictures, etc. from front and sides of refrigerator. Store trash can in pantry.

There is so much more to report as far as pantry, closets, utility room, exterior, etc. If you want to receive that information, please contact send your inquiry to

A professional realtor will help you. Call me at 770-367-9744 to schedule an appointment and it will be a pleasure to meet with you and work together to transition your home for sale in just a few easy steps. By highlighting the best features your home has to offer, you will sell your home more quickly and with less anxiety.

Tatyana Ladd-Thomas is Lithuanian born graduate of Vilnius University Law School. As a Realtor at Keller Williams with her Real Estate on Heels website, she brings her marketing and networking skills and some European style and fashion to help her clients find the perfect  lifestyle.  Her Real Estate team is multilingual.  Since becoming an American citizen, Tatyana has been a Commercial and Mortgage leader at Bank of America, a licensed Financial Advisor and founder of The George Commerce Club. She is also the owner of marketing agency Mike’s Ad Shop. Email: