A Guide to Preparing Your Home for the Spring Real Estate Market

Spring has finally sprung and it’s time to get your home ready for the spring real estate market. There are some necessary steps that need to be taken before you put your house on the market. For instance, you want to make sure that all of your major repairs have been completed and that any major fixative projects, such as painting or landscaping, have been finished. But there are also a few less-sexy tasks you’ll need to complete before listing your home for sale on the market. Did you know that there is a certain order in which items should be decluttered? You may not think so, but decluttering in the right order will give your home a great appearance when potential buyers walk through it. Here are some tips on how to declutter your home before listing it for sale.

Major Repairs

You’ll want to make sure that all of your major repairs have been completed before listing your home for sale on the market. This includes things like upgrading appliances, fixing plumbing leaks, and repairing any other major problems with your home. You also want to do anything necessary to ensure that the house is structurally sound, such as replacing rotting boards or termite damage. If you plan on selling your home this spring, take care of these repairs now so you don’t have any delays during the buying process.

Fixative Projects

Before you put your house on the market, make sure that all of the major fixative projects have been completed. These are things like landscaping, painting, and cleaning out gutters.

Decluttering Your Home

Decluttering your home before listing it for sale is important because potential buyers will be judging your house by its appearance. If they see clutter, it can make them think that you’re not organized and therefore the rest of the house is in shambles. When decluttering, don’t forget to start with the basement or attic. These are usually overlooked spaces that are overlooked when decluttering, so you want to take care of those places first. Next, focus on closets. These are probably the biggest contributors to clutter in a home. Once your closets are decluttered, move onto bedrooms and then living areas. You want these spaces to look as clean as possible when potential buyers come through.

Paint and Yard Sale Tips

In order to declutter your home, start with the items that don’t belong and then move on to those that need organizing. For instance, you could go through your closets and give away any clothes that you haven’t worn in a year or more. You can also hold a yard sale to get rid of anything else you no longer need.

Some other tips for decluttering your home before listing it for sale include:

-De-clutter as much as possible; use storage solutions like under-the-bed boxes, garage stackers, and shoe racks

-Take pictures of expensive art pieces and keep copies of receipts for insurance purposes

-Declutter your kitchen by storing spices and other frequently used items in plastic containers and stacking them under the kitchen cabinet


After a long, cold winter it’s finally time to get ready for the spring real estate market. Follow these few tips to get your house ready for prospective buyers.

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