Preparing Your Home for the Market: Steps to Take Now for a Successful Sale

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Selling a home is an undertaking that requires planning and preparation. If you’re considering putting your house on the market in the next year, there’s no better time to start getting your property in tip-top shape.

By taking proactive steps now, you can ensure a smooth and successful sale when the time comes. Here are some key things you can do to prepare your house for the market next year:

Start Decluttering

Decluttering is a crucial step in preparing your home for sale. Begin by tackling one room at a time, sorting through items you no longer need or use. This not only helps you organize your belongings but also makes your space feel larger and more appealing to potential buyers.

Address Repairs and Maintenance

Use this time to identify any repairs or maintenance tasks that need attention. From leaky faucets to cracked tiles, addressing these issues now can save you from last-minute stress when you’re ready to list your home. It also shows the buyers that your property has been well cared for. Take a look back at your old inspection report to see if there is anything you missed!

Freshen Up the Paint

A fresh coat of paint can work wonders in transforming the look and feel of your home. Choose neutral, light colors that can appeal to a wide range of potential buyers. Not only does painting help create a clean and inviting atmosphere, but it can also make your home feel well-maintained.

Enhance Curb Appeal and Take Photos Now!

First impressions matter, so don’t overlook the exterior of your home. Enhance your curb appeal by tidying up the landscaping, trimming bushes, and adding a pop of color with flowers. Consider repainting your front door, updating house numbers, and ensuring the pathway is clean and inviting. Consider having exterior photos taken of your home in the summer and fall months when the grass is green and trees are lush! Spring market starts as soon as February in Cincinnati, so it will be nice to have beautiful exterior photos ready to go!

Make Improvements to Your Kitchen and Bathrooms

Kitchens and bathrooms are often focal points for potential buyers. If your budget allows, consider making small upgrades such as replacing outdated fixtures, updating cabinet hardware, backsplash or investing in modern appliances. These changes can significantly enhance the appeal of these important areas.

Gather Important Documents

Buyers will likely want to review important documents about your property, including maintenance records, warranties, and any recent upgrades. Start compiling these documents now so you’re prepared to provide them when the time comes.

Plan Your Staging Strategy

Effective staging can significantly impact a buyer’s perception of your home. Start thinking about how you’ll stage each room to showcase its potential. Whether you hire a professional stager or tackle it yourself, having a plan in place will ensure your home looks its best when it’s time to show.

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Carol Harris


With a 35+ year career in real estate, Carol has an unmatched experience in the Cincinnati residential market. Carol started her career partnering with Cincinnati’s first full-time female realtor, Sheila Miller. With Shelia’s mentorship, she developed a wealth of knowledge and built a reputation for selling high-end real estate. Carol and Shelia became one of Cincinnati’s leading teams, selling many of the city’s most expensive and iconic properties. Carol continues to grow the team through the examples of mentorship and teamwork. She is proud of what The CK Group is growing into and thankful for the chance to share, mentor, and work alongside such an outstanding group of women.