Easy Ways to Make Your Elk Grove Home Sell Faster

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Easy Ways to Make Your Elk Grove Home Sell Faster

When you are selling your home in Elk Grove in this market, you need to make sure that your home shows very well. People are looking at multiple homes and wasting no time placing offers! Here are some easy things you can do to keep your home in tip-top shape for when buyers come knocking! Your Elk Grove Real Estate Agent will appreciate all your hard work too!

Throughout the House

  • Open the draperies, pull up the shades, and let in the light!
  • Create a positive mood, turn on all lights, day or night, and install higher wattage light bulbs to show your home brightly
  • Remove clutter from each room to visually enlarge them
  • If you have a fireplace, highlight it in your decorating
  • Keep your home dusted and vacuumed at all times
  • Replace the carpet if it does not clean up well
  • Have a family “game plan” to get the home in order quickly if necessary
  • Air out your home for one-half hour before showings if possible
  • Lightly spray house with air freshener so that is has a chance to diffuse before appointments
  • Put family photos in storage
  • Improve traffic flow through every room by removing unnecessary furniture
  • Putty over and paint any nail holes or other mishaps in the walls
  • Paint all interior walls a neutral color to brighten the home and make it look bigger
  • Repair or replace any damaged wall covering
  • Clean all light bulbs and light fixtures to brighten the home
  • Wash all windows inside and out
  • Use plants in transitional areas of your home
  • Open doors to areas you want potential buyers to see, such as walk in closets, pantries, attics, etc.
  • Remove all smoke and pet odors
  • Repair or replace banisters and handrails

In the Kitchen

  • Microwave a small dish of vanilla twenty minutes before a showing and place it in an out-of-the-way place
  • Highlight an eat-in area of your kitchen with a table set for dinner
  • Keep it spotless and counters wiped down
  • Expand your counter space by removing small appliances or other clutter

In the Bedroom

  • Create a master suite effect in your decorating
  • De-persoalize bedrooms and decorate in a neutral scheme
  • Make sure that ALL beds are made every day
  • Organize your closets, remove unnecessary items and put them in storage

In the Bathrooms

  • Do not leave towels on the floor.  Wipe down sinks and shower areas after each use
  • Re-Caulk the tub if the caulk is not sparkling white
  • Repair or replace broken tiles in the shower/tub
  • Replace shower curtains and keep them clean
  • Put out fresh towels and decorative soaps


  • Keep the yard mowed and raked at all times
  • Use flowering plants to dress up the walkway, yard, and patio
  • Remove all toys, bikes, tools, unsightly patio furniture and trash from the yard
  • Porches, steps, verandas, balconies, patios, and other extensions of the house should be kept uncluttered, swept and in good condition
  • Paint all entrance doors
  • Make sure the garage door opens easily.  Fix and paint the garage door if necessary
  • Trees and shrubs should be trimmed and pruned
  • Get a new door mat for the front entry
  • Be sure the front door and screen work perfectly

I know this seems like a lot, but once you get the big stuff done, you should be able to keep it up for the short amount of time it will be on the market.  The steps you take toward a good showing will quickly bring you back higher offers!  Get your Elk Grove Home in Shape for the Season!  Contact us today to start the Selling Process!


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