Prepare to Sell



verb (used with object), verb (used without object) remove mess or clutter from (a place). organize and prioritize (one’s commitments, material possessions,etc.):


Calm down.  Not everyone in the world has your fantastic taste.  In fact, most people just can’t see past strong design choices – no matter how brilliant your interior designer was.

What you want is for the buyer to magically see their own furniture in the room the moment they walk in.  You must provide them with a blank, clean canvas.  For that is much more inspiring than having your tastes imposed on them.

Paint walls neutral colors.  In fact, pain every room a different neutral color for extra credit.

Pops of uniform color are ok.  Prints, personal photos and loud furniture must go.

Show potential buyers your lovely decorated house minus the clutter.


No, seriously.

HOTEL clean!

DEEP clean!


Patch the holes, fix the floors, paint walls and ceilings.  Power wash the deck and driveway.  Take care of repairs and keep the receipts.  And don’t go cheap!  You don’t want the inspection to find a problem caused by your “handiwork” that scares away the buyers completely.


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