21 Tips to Sell Your House Quickly

A list of tips for how to prepare your home to get prospective buyers and professionally stage your house for showings to sell your house quickly.

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I really wasn’t going to post anymore about the old house. (Like, Lauren, we get it, you’re moving. Move on, already.)

But seriously, I feel like I’m beating an old topic sometimes harping on about the old cookie cutter digs as we’re playing this waiting game for the new house. I wasn’t planning on writing this post initially, but then the other week, when I sent out a blog survey email asking y’all questions about what you’d like to see from me in the future, I realized this post was a must-do.

So many of y’all told me you will actually be putting your house on the market and moving this year too. And, with all of that, I had some requests for tips to stage a house and help it sell quickly.

Which brings me to… 21 Tips to Sell Your House Quickly:

  1.  Declutter

Get rid of your extra stuff before you put your house on the market. Rooms and closets will look so much bigger to prospective buyers if they’re not crammed with junk. Have a yard sale or donate or temporarily rent a storage unit if you have a lot you plan to move. (Here are 10 tips for hosting a successful garage sale.)  And, even better, it’ll be a bit less stress on your plate when you are officially under contract and have to start packing.

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2. Thoroughly clean

Take a weekend to deep clean like a maniac top-to-bottom. You can find this super handy Whole House Deep Cleaning Checklist in this post, if you want some guidance.

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3. Mow the lawn and maintain gardens

This one’s probably a no-brainer since curb appeal plays a huge role in real estate. Pull weeds, edge flower beds, and lay down new mulch, if you can.

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4. Place some bright flowers or potted plants on the porch.

Right before showings, make a quick trip to a nearby nursery to spruce up around the front door. First impressions matter so much.

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5. Touch up paint on walls and cabinets, if needed, and re-caulk cracks around sinks, fixtures, and moldings.

All of those little jobs you’ve noticed that show gradual wear in your house, now’s the time to patch it all up.

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6. Handle your small, forgotten repairs like leaky faucets, broken drawers, etc.

Walk around your house and assess what needs a little work that has gotten overlooked or you’ve just “lived with” until now. Chances are, it’ll come up in the inspection phase of selling your house anyway, so it’s best to go ahead and get it done.

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7. Keep tables, countertops, nightstands, coffee tables, and dressers clear of papers, trash, and clutter.

Our butler’s pantry countertops were always the worst because it’s where our mail pile always would collect. Nightstands would end up with cell phone charger cords, medicine bottles, and water glasses. Get rid of anything that’s not decorative, and even then, scale it back a bit.

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8. Clear off the refrigerator of magnets and papers.

“Decorated” refrigerators can make a kitchen feel messy, so hide your kid’s artwork and class photos.

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9. Use an essential oil diffuser.

Spray room fresheners and candles can sometimes be a little too “perfumey”, but essential oils are a great way to achieve a fresh, clean smell. I love using a couple of drops each of lemon, lavender, and rosemary oils in a diffuser upstairs and downstairs for an extra appeal and to eliminate any lingering cooking smells.

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Which reminds me…

10. Empty the garbage before a showing.

11. Freshen the garbage disposal with a couple of lemon slices.

12. Make beds.

Because even if the rest of the house needs some help, a made bed can work some magic.

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13. Set the table.

You don’t have to make it anything extravagant. Just setting some placemats, plates, and silverware on the table can give your dining room a homey feel.

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14. Put out a vase or two of fresh flowers before a showing.

It’s the little details like that that can make a big difference. Artificial ones are nice, but you can’t beat real. And showing your house to put on the market, is kind of a special occasion. A vase of grocery store blooms on your kitchen table and on your entryway table can go a long way.

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15. Place a few plush pillows and a soft throw blanket on sofas and beds to make the spaces more inviting.

Any chance you have to make your home look cozy and welcoming, do it.

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16. Use white towels in bathrooms.

It invokes a feeling of a clean spa experience. Just some simple white towels from Walmart will do the job. Same goes for bedding. If you have white bedding, use it.

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17. Put a tray on the bed with a couple of coffee cups and a book to look more relaxing.

Pottery Barn does it in their stores to convince you to buy. Why can’t you?

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18. Open up blinds and shades to let in natural light.

Natural light makes rooms appear bigger. Bigger rooms makes prospective buyers happy. Happy prospective buyers put in offers. Sound logic, right?

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19. Make the entryway welcoming by hiding shoes, coats, keys, etc.

Even if you have to hide shoes in baskets and put some coats into storage boxes in the attic, it’s better than having your crazy all out in the open right beside your front door when buyers walk in.

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20. Paint bright colorful walls a more neutral shade, if you can.

This one might be hard, but if you have a very bright, shocking wall color, it might be a tad harder to sell. Some buyers can’t see past simple fixes like wall color. If you can’t get your house sold quickly, try neutral paint. (Here are some of the paint colors we used in our house.)

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21. Use bright light bulbs.

Bright light will make rooms feel more open and buyers can actually see your house.

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Do you have any staging tips of your own? Or have you seen some great staging ideas from visiting house showings and Home-a-ramas before? It is a lot of work, but it will absolutely pay off in the end.

 

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53 Comments

  1. You right that curb appeal is one of the factors that I should put into consideration when selling my home and that I have to make an effort to maintain the lawn and garden if I want to sell it fast. I’ll remember to keep this advice in mind. I’m planning to sell my home next month. It will probably be for the best that I hire someone to help me while I’m at it. Thank you!

  2. I totally agree that depersonalization of the house is a must if you want t sell it quickly. My husband and I are moving to another state to work there, and we have decided to see our house. I will make sure we make our house a blank piece of paper before showing it to our potential buyers so that they could imagine their home there instead of someone else’s house.

  3. Thanks for your tip to make sure that you don’t have weeds and tall grass on your property.I like how you said that even small things like touching up the paint on your walls make a big difference. My husband and I are considering selling our house; thanks for the tips on how to prepare your home to be put on the market.

  4. My best tips:

    Before pictures are taken or right before you leave due to a showing, always make sure to switch out and replace toilet paper and paper towels with full rolls. You can switch back to “used” rolls afterward. Also, wipe down your shower/tub, if recently used. Oh, and please leave toilet lids down. No one wants to see a bathroom that looks used, even though we know they are, lol.

    Before a showing, I also always leave out a sign that reads: “Please leave lights on for next showing. Thank you” regardless if there is an actual showing to follow or not. Not only do I want potential buyers to only see my home with lights on, the sign also serves to create a sense of potential competition.

    I always buy a dozen or so shoe/boot covers and put them in a lovely basket by the front door with a sign stating to “Kindly use provided shoe covers or remove shoes to protect the floors. Thank you.” This works whether you have carpet or hardwood, and folks usually appreciate that you care about protecting your home/their potential investment!

  5. These are some good ideas to use when selling a home. I’m glad that you mentioned to clean up the countertop space, or at least put away anything that isn’t decorative. As far as I know, this seems like a great idea to simplify the space and allow any potential buyers to imagine themselves living there.

  6. I never thought about adding plants around the house to give more color. My husband and I are looking to sell our house soon. We’ll have to see about getting some plants around the house to help bring in some more light.

  7. Hello from Northern Idaho 🙂
    Just have to take a moment and thank you for this article. Our home is going on the market in 5 days and we have been painting & cleaning like crazy, yikes-a-bee! I have not been able to decide between fresh or faux flowers/greens (or both), and have looked and even purchased several oils to scent for open house to no avail! They all seemed just a bit off..

    But now I now what to do: fresh flowers & greenery and lemon/lavender/rosemary oils diffused.
    Wohoo!! Thank you so much ?

  8. Thanks for all this great information about listing my house. On top of finding a real estate agent, I want my house to be perfect, so it will sell quickly. I really like how you mentioned making the home as cozy and clean as possible. I can see how this would make it feel really welcoming and people will want to be there, son in return wants to buy my home. Thanks for the great tips.

  9. This list perfectly sums up how to sell a house. Totally agree with the importance of to keep tables, countertops, nightstands, coffee tables, and dressers clear and place some bright flowers to attract your possible customers.

  10. There really are a lot of great suggestions about how you can sell your home faster on the market these days. However, I really like that the article focuses on staging and decoration to appeal to your potential buyers. In particular, the article makes a great point about using natural light to highlight some rooms’ best features.

  11. Lauren,

    Maybe you can help me with the PINTEREST problem that showed up today. When I clicked on the new pins they sent to my other email account to view them (the new pins they recommended), the space where the picture normally appears was black. Then when I clicked on the save button the normal picture appeared as well as the CHOOSE BOARD but no boards showed up nor did the CREATE BOARD. When I went to Pinterest directly and clicked on my “person icon” no boards appeared. What happened? I’m new to this Pinterest thing and had a number of great boards I’d saved and am in a bit of a panic that somehow I’ve lost it all! The Pinterest website had nothing to help me, so I hoped maybe you or some of your other followers had some idea of what to do. Thanks for any help you can give me

    1. Oh goodness. I so wish I could help, Jill! Pinterest has been having glitch issues for the past two weeks and it’s driving me and every Pinterest user I know complete batty!!!! Hoping those smarties at Pinterest get it all sorted out soon.

  12. This is a great post! Especially love the “set the table” and “use essential oil diffusers” ideas. You could be a professional real estate stager!

  13. I especially agree on the decluttering issue. We used to live in a small house in a historic neighborhood, which already had small closets. I knew we needed to really clear stuff out of them & we rented a storage unit for all the excesses. The buyers told me later, “I can’t understand where you put all your ‘stuff’! Haha, I was so glad I went to that extra effort.

  14. I’ve been a Home Stager/Real Estate Photographer for 11 years & I agree with everything on the list! You are my DREAM client for sure, lol. A *note* however – some people take declutter to the extreme, making a house look sterile, which is a big no-no! I’ve had many times unpacking sellers boxes so that they can put some things back out. Also, if a bathroom is white, don’t use white or cream towels or the room becomes flat. Do the reverse, and use ocean blue towels, or a sage green, and make sure there is something on the vanity to pull the color in. Overall, great article Lauren!!

  15. I was thinking about what Erin said about de-personalization and maybe the reason your family pictures didn’t seem obtrusive is because they are mostly black and white, kind-of look like artistic photography. I was thinking about number 19 as well. I would say if it is cold out (especially if you live in a more northern climate) you would want to make sure there is a place for the clients to hang their coats and that the realtor knows where it is; whether that space is just some vacant hooks in the entry or some empty hangers (and cleared space) in the hall closet. I’ve seen shows on HGTV where the people had no where to hang their coats and just had to dump them on a chair or over the stair rail.

  16. Clean your closets! Only have the absolute necessities in clothing and shoes. The emptier your closet is, the bigger it looks. People don’t want a house without enough storage and if your closet is bursting at the seams, it will look like there is not enough storage in the house. And yes, they will open the closet 🙂

  17. Depersonalize. I’m a realtor and one of my biggest pieces of advice is to take down the shrine of family photos so buyers can picture themselves in the home. Seems like a no Brainer but a lot of people have a hard time with this one or they don’t even think about the cons to it. This is a great list and there are many items on it that I repeatedly tell clients! If everyone did everything you said, it would be a dream in my world! ?

    1. Yep! I’d heard about depersonalizing too. We ended up not taking down our family photos because we listed sooooo quickly… like within hours of our decision to put it in the market. But everything else helped a lot, I think, since we were able to accept an offer within 24 hours.

    2. Absolutely agree on depersonalizing! Also, consider removing some furniture (but don’t leave the room vacant). Big bulky furniture is comfy, but it visually consumes a room. Having less furniture makes a room feel much bigger, and buyers want big! And if your front door is looking shabby, a quick coat of paint is an easy fix. Your buyers will be staring at it while they wait for the realtor to get the lockbox opened. Make it look great.

  18. These are all awesome tips! Decluuerimg and cleaning are so key. We recently purchased a home and one can tell a lot on how well the house was maintained (furnace, appliances, etc..) by how clean it is for showing. I love all the suggestions that help evoke a sense of “home.” 🙂

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