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Preparing Your Home for Sale

Preparing Your Home for Sale Checklist and Video

How important is preparing your home for sale? A report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) from 2015, states:

Realtors® believe that buyers most often offer a 1 to 5 percent increase on the value of a staged home (37 percent from Realtors® representing sellers and 32 percent from Realtors® representing buyers). Additionally, 22 percent of Realtors®representing sellers and 16 percent of Realtors® representing buyers said the increase is closer to 6 to 10 percent.

Preparing for Sale vs. Staging

Let’s make it clear that there is staging and then there is preparing. In this article, we’re talking about preparing. The preparation will help the staging. A worn carpet will still be worn if staged. Realtors from the same NAR report rank the order of importance for the top five rooms as follows:

  • Living Room
  • Kitchen
  • Master Bedroom
  • Dining Room
  • Bathrooms

Video and Checklist

So, watch the video below and use the checklist as a start. Download the PDF and check off the items as you go through your house or condo. If your have questions, feel free to call us to discuss. Inventory is tight and you might think that preparing your home for sale is not important. The inventory of Daytona Beach homes and Daytona Beach condos is low compared to just a few years ago. Remember though, you are still competing against other homes and a prepared home that presents well could result in more money in your pocket.

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Preparing Your Home for Sale Checklist

What to Do to Prepare Your Home


  • Nice Welcome Mat
  • Clear driveway and sidewalk of debris
  • Hide away garbage and recycling cans and bins


  • What is you curb appeal?
  • Yard / Grass
  • Leaves
  • Remove weeds
  • Remove dead plants
  • Fresh mulch?
  • Sod?
  • Clean or repaint the front door
  • Clean Inside and Out
  • Pressure wash
  • Don’t forget decks and patios


  • Every Room
  • Fix or Clean
  • Whole House
  • Carpets
  • Floors
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Rugs
  • Throw Rugs
  • Door Knobs
  • Door Jams
  • Base Boards
  • Windows 
  • A/C Vents
  • House Plants – prune and trim
  • If needed Remove ash trays
  • Too much furniture?
  • Clean sink – no dishes
  • Clean tile and grout
  • Nothing in the sink
  • Clear counters of clutter
  • Clean Range and Oven
  • Empty garbage
  • Organize Pantry


What’s Your Clutter Rating?
  • Remove everything that doesn’t belong
  • Pack away family photos
  • Brighten spaces – add lighting
  • Make beds daily
  • New bedspreads?
  • Clean grout in tile
  • Clean tile
  • Polish fixtures
  • Empty Trash
  • No clutter
  • Neat and clean
  • No clothes on floor
  • Clean
  • Declutter
  • Repaint dirty areas
  • Like a model

Call Lynn at 386-566-7503 or
David at 386-566-4169

Find more information on selling you condo or home at Daytona Beach Real Estate Home Sellers Resources