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Question DetailsAsked on 5/15/2014

what quick fixes help in selling a home

We're limited with money so what advice can you give for inexpensive ways to spruce up our home before placing it on the market?

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Hi, this is Meranda with Angie's List.

Our Newsroom has written extensively about this. Here are a few pieces that may help:

10 DIY home staging tips to sell your home

4 staging tips to prepare your home for sale

5 staging tips to sell your home quickly

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Answered 6 years ago by Meranda

Votes has a checklist and several article on prepping your home for sale, as does Money magazine and others - google a search term list this for more ideas - house sale preparation.

Common suggestions from Realtors, and things potential buyers turn away from if undone:

1) dirty / stained / cracked windows

2) significant debris or moss on roof, or visibly significantly deteriorated roof

3) damaged/missing steps or porch boards, and cracked/highly uneven walks

4) weathered/stained (wood) or cracking/broken (brick/concrete) porch

5) untrimmed, scraggly bushes and leaves/debris, or trashy or unmowed yard, especially near house

6) debris/junk/junker cars in yard or drive

7) peeling/cracked paint on house, especially on portion visible from drive and approaching front door

8) dirty pool

9) unwashed / unplowed drive and approach walk

10) dirty house, especially bath, kitchen, carpets

11) any odd smells in house - smoking, pet, mold, stinky plant pots, strong cooking smells, diapers, litter box, strong pot pouri

12) crowded rooms - kick unneeded furniture and possessions to a storage locker or have moving company pack and store temporarily while getting ready to move, ifnot moving till sold

13) dirty/stained walls - paint if bad, otherwise wash with TSP

14) dirty grout

15) visibly worn/broken flooring

16) corroded or dripping faucets and tub/shower fixtures

17) non-functioning appliances, lights

Almost all of of these you can do yourself unless you have medical/disability issues.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


1. Cleaning is the most important thing one can do to sell a home.

2. Checking for any odors and taking care of them.

3. Look at your home from the curb, take a photo...what needs to change?

4. Fresh Paint

5. Check and replace flooring if needed.

Feel free to ask any questions.



Answered 5 years ago by Malley

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