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How to Get Your Home Ready for Listing and Maximize Your Sale Price

If you're considering putting your home on the market, you'll want to ensure it’s in top shape to attract buyers and secure the best possible price. Recently, we conducted a survey where hundreds of homeowners shared what they thought their home needed before listing it for sale. These were homeowners who were requesting a Full Market Value Cash Offer on their home. Exhausted just looking at this list, and feel like time might be running out before the market shifts more? Get your full market value cash offer at - with no obligation!

Here are the most common "honey-do" items that our respondents outlined to can help boost their home's appeal and value. Ro our founder added in suggestions here. We call them Rodeas.

1. Fresh Paint

Applying a fresh coat of paint can significantly enhance the look of your home. Focus on both the interior and exterior to make a great first impression. Rodea: Paint everything Sherwin Williams Pure White - this color is not too beige or blue - brightens everything up and forgives overpainting on the trim / walls etc. See the color here. Choose satin for trim and flat for walls. Don't use flat on the ceiling - it will still show lines etc - use a ceiling paint.

2. Kitchen and Bathroom Upgrades

Modernizing kitchens and bathrooms can be a game-changer. Consider updating countertops, cabinets, fixtures, and appliances. Even small changes, like replacing cabinet hardware or adding a new backsplash, can make a big difference. Rodea: Paint old fashioned cabinets - you might just be amazed! Use cabinet paint and sand well. I haven't tried the no-sanding version. Feeling creative, and want to paint your counters to look like stone? Or how about the marble version? These are my all-time favorite pulls, and they come in all different lengths and finishes. Spend a few more dollars (most kitchens can be done for $120 or less) and get the longest ones you can afford. Or - get your full market cash offer today and let the team do all the work!

3. Flooring

Replace old or worn-out carpets with new carpeting or upgrade to luxury vinyl planks (LVP) or hardwood floors. Clean and refinish existing hardwood floors to give them a fresh, new look.

4. Repairs and Maintenance

Address any necessary repairs such as fixing a leaky roof, updating the HVAC system, or repairing minor issues like fogged windows, mold, or water damage.

5. Cosmetic Touch-Ups

Minor cosmetic repairs, such as replacing outdated light fixtures, trimming, and scraping popcorn ceilings, can help modernize your home. Also, consider removing any outdated wallpaper.

6. Landscaping and Curb Appeal

Improve your home's exterior with touch-up paint, landscaping, and adding features like a new fence or deck. Pressure washing the exterior and cleaning up the yard can make your home more inviting.

7. Staging and Deep Cleaning

A clean and well-staged home can significantly impact potential buyers. Deep cleaning and professional staging can highlight your home’s best features.

8. Finishing Touches on Incomplete Projects

Complete any unfinished projects around the house. Whether it's finishing a remodel, adding trim work, or completing a basement, ensuring all projects are finished can add to the home's appeal.

9. Structural and System Updates

For older homes, consider updating essential systems and structures like the roof, plumbing, and electrical systems. Connecting to city sewer lines, if necessary, and upgrading to energy-efficient windows can also be beneficial.

10. Outdoor Enhancements

Enhance outdoor living spaces by adding patios, improving fencing, and upgrading landscaping. These enhancements can add valuable square footage and increase the attractiveness of your home.


Investing in these updates and repairs can make a significant difference in your home's marketability and overall value. Whether it’s a minor touch-up or a complete renovation, preparing your home for listing can ensure you get top dollar and attract serious buyers quickly. Skip the stress, and showings, and get a no-obligation full market value offer here.

See current market reports here - how long have you got to fix it up?

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