How to Prepare Your Home for Selling

Everyone’s timeline for selling their house looks different. Whether you’re looking for more square footage or embracing the minimalist draw of downsizing, we’re sharing our tips to sell your home, so you’ll make the most of your listing no matter where you are in the process. 

exterior shot of an entryway with double doors in black
Featured Colors: Urbane Bronze SW 7048 (Exterior Walls), Tricorn Black SW 6258 (Doors, Windows, Trim) 

Sell Right Now

Sometimes the right house pops up when you weren’t even looking – the good news is you don’t have to pass on your dream home just because you weren’t planning on selling. If your timeline is tight, get down to basics with a little cleaning and light painting. Start by fixing any holes on your walls from hanging decor. Once repairs are taken care of, give your trim a fresh coat of paint to make your rooms look sharper and more defined.

BONUS TIP: Painting your front door is another quick project that goes a long way. Did we mention you can complete this DIY in a day?

vignette of hallway with tall ceilings and bench
Featured Colors: Modern Gray SW 7632 (Back Wall), Urbane Bronze SW 7048 (Right Wall)

Sell Someday Soon

If you have a few months before selling, start by clearing out clutter. Now is the perfect time to go through the things that’ll make the move with you and say adios to the things that won’t. Not only does getting rid of extra decor and dust collectors make it easier on your move, but it also gives you more room to stage your space and make some cosmetic changes. 

Giving your space a new coat of color is a huge bonus for you and potential buyers. Painting walls in a new hue can increase your home’s value while attracting buyers with that shiny, move-in-ready appeal. If you’re not sure which color to use, sticking with neutrals will always be a crowd-pleaser when it comes to selling. Use our top five guides to find the perfect shade of whitegray or greige.

BONUS TIP: If you still need help finding the right hue, our color experts can help. Request a FREE virtual color consultation today! 

open kitchen with lower cabinets and top shelf for open storage
Featured Colors: Functional Gray SW 7024 (Lower Cabinets), Pewter Green SW 6208 (Lower Back Wall, Hood), Extra White SW 7006 (Upper Wall)

Sell Down the Road

While these tips to sell your home are a great place to get started, you might not be ready to leave your abode until a few years – this means you’ll have even more time to think about the bigger picture. Much like a newly painted space stands out, a renovated room can be just as enticing to potential buyers.  

Make a list of the spaces around your home that could use a little sprucing. Whether it’s updating a half-bath with new fixtures or adding new hardware to kitchen cabinets, you can prioritize little updates here and there that go a long way in increasing the value of your home. 

white patio seats and ottomans on a dark brown stained deck
Photo Courtesy of SG Style. Featured Stain Color: Chestnut SW 3524

Regardless of when you sell your home, there’s always one golden rule to keep in mind – show your exterior some love! A picture-perfect space that feels move-in ready inside and out is a big draw for making potential buyers feel right at home. Boost your curb appeal with these exterior DIY projects, and don’t forget to give your deck a refresh that homeowners-to-be are sure to notice.

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