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10 ways to prep and stage your home to sell it

Preparing to sell your home can be stressful and exhausting, especially if your entire brood is still trying to live in the house while you’re trying to keep it clean and organized. After all, expecting a teenager to keep his room “show ready” is about as useful as asking him to go to sleep at 8 pm.

But there are some simple and affordable things you can do to prepare your house to sell, and for showings. Here are some of our top tips:

1. If you’re going to paint your home’s interior, opt for neutral colors—including the bedrooms, where it needs to appeal to both genders. Don’t worry about creating an accent wall with a pop of color. Stick to one light tone through multiple rooms to give a clean, open feel.

2. Box up (or throw away!) as much clutter as possible. People need to be able to picture themselves living in your house, so you want it to feel airy, livable and inviting. Remove as many personal items as possible and opt to leave only neutral pieces (e.g., choose a plain vase over family photos).

3. Spend money on the front yard and entrance. Curb appeal is crucial. Many prospective buyers won’t even bother going inside a house if they don’t like the look of the front yard or entrance.

4. Open your windows and shades to make rooms look brighter and airier.

5. Clean everything. No one wants to move into a dirty house and no promise of “it’ll be clean when you buy it” can override first impressions. It’s especially important that your kitchen and bathrooms are as clean as possible.

6. Clean the air. Burn candles, bake cookies, clean carpets—whatever it takes to get rid of offensive smells.

7. Buyers love storage! Clean out closets, cabinets, shelves and drawers as much as possible to make it seem like you’ve got plenty of space. Don’t hang pots and pans because it implies you don’t have enough storage.

8. Repair everything. Fix that broken fixture, replace that long-gone drawer knob and grease that squeaky door!

9. Look for little upgrades that make a big impact. A new front door knocker, updated light fixtures, a pedestal sink—sometimes the inexpensive things are enough to make a big impression.

10. Talk to your family in advance. It’s important that your entire family understands why keeping the house neat and clean is important and that you can’t do it alone. Enlist their help and ideas to keep the house looking its best and remind them that it will (hopefully) all be over soon!

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell in Evergreen, we hope you’ll allow RE/MAX Alliance of Evergreen to be your Realtor! We know the area better than anyone and work closely with Home Mortgage Alliance to get you the best mortgage rates. Call us today 303-674-9770 or visit us online at