6 Things to Do Before You Sell Your House


Home sellers all want basically the same thing—to get a SOLD sign in their yard as quickly as possible, with minimal hassle or headache, and to get top dollar for their home. The best way to achieve those goals is to lay the proper groundwork, making a few key preparations before you list. Let me offer a few examples. 

What to Do Before You List Your Home

These are some of my go-to home selling tips.

1. Review some comps.

One of the biggest mistakes sellers can make is listing their home for more than it’s really worth—and to avoid an overinflated list price, the best thing you can do is compare similarly-sized homes that have recently sold in your neighborhood. Spend some time on your favorite real estate sites reviewing comps; your agent can help with this too, but more on that in a minute.

2. Get a storage unit.

No, really. To make your listing as appealing as possible, you want to maximize spaciousness—and that means getting rid of clutter. You can try packing stuff into closets, but then you run the risk of your closets looking too small. Really, if your home is cluttered at all, the best thing you can do is rent a storage unit until the place sells.

3. Stage your home.

Staging basically means making your home look as clean, as photogenic, and as decluttered as possible. You can do it yourself, hire a staging company, or ask your agent for help—but make sure it gets done! Be especially attentive to staging in your living room and kitchen areas. Don’t take any real estate photos until after you stage!

4. Depersonalize your space.

Now, hear me out on this one. It’s okay to have a few family photos or heirlooms—but be judicious. You want potential buyers to be able to see themselves, and their families, inhabiting the space. That’s a lot harder when, everywhere they turn, they see vestiges of your family. Simply consider whether you need to tone down your personalized knickknacks.

5. Make some repairs.

All homes have their issues, and you don’t necessarily need to fix everything—but do consider sprucing up bathrooms and the kitchen. Also, if there are any really obvious home repair needs, like doors that don’t close properly or a faucet that constantly drips, try to get those taken care of.

6. Find a good listing agent.

A listing agent will do so much to help you get your home sold expediently and for the right value. The potential services include accurate pricing, staging, photography, an MLS listing, social media marketing, open houses and showings, and more. The bottom line: A good listing agent can be invaluable to you, helping you get your home sold with minimal hassle.

And if you happen to be listing in North Carolina—especially the Charlotte area—I’d love to be that agent for you! Reach out to Ryan Minges Real Estate today and let’s talk about your home selling goals.