Preparing your home for sale, Madison & Middleton WI

Preparing a Home Listing for Sale, Madison WI

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You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

A potential home buyer makes up her or his mind within 30 seconds of entering a home.

Is your home ready to list for sale?

Jacci and Rachael See have been coaching sellers on home preparation for years; they’re here to help.

The See Team provides a FREE market analysis of your home’s value and guides you on preparing your home for sale.

Call us today:  608-828-5128

How do you prepare a home for sale?  Turns out there are right and wrong things to do.  Knowing the best return on investment (ROI) will help you spend time and money wisely.

If you don’t have the time, you can hire a professional stagger.  It can be expensive but home staging does work; a 2013 study found that staged homes sold more quickly and for more money.  Not afraid of a little work?  Here’s where you should spend your time and money on making your home ready for the market:

Outside / Curb Appeal:

  • Your front door is the first thing buyers will see, so be sure it is fresh and clean.
  • Make your lawn and landscape sparkle.  A colorful pot of plants on the stoop goes a long way.
  • Clean outdoor fixtures, fix screens, paint if chips are obvious.


During winter, remove all ice and snow on walkways.

Keep stairways, clear and uncluttered.

Clean carpets and drapes of smoke and pet dander (nobody buys a stinky home)


Open drapes and curtains to let the sun shine in.

Clean windows = a bright and cheery home.

Turn on all lights both outside and inside when showing your home at night.

Make Minor Repairs and Tidy Up:

  • Fix leaky faucets. Dripping water discolors sinks and suggests faulty or worn plumbing.  It also sends the message that you’re lazy and didn’t fix things when they needed fixing.
  • Make sure doors, windows, and cabinets don’t stick or have loose knobs. By fixing minor flaws, you increase your home’s value.
  • Repair damaged or discolored caulk (moldy caulk is gross).
  • Closets are important selling features. Make them look bigger by organizing them neatly. Get rid of stuff you don’t need.

Go Room to Room:

Remove excess (oversized) furniture.

Bedspreads and curtains should be freshly laundered and attractive.

Remove heavy drapes & heavy carpet.

Use clean towels and area rugs.

Toss unnecessary debris.

Box up personal items:  photos, exercise equipment, books, etc.


Don’t have visitors or family members present during a home inspection; this makes potential buyers uncomfortable.

Turn off the stereo and television so potential buyers can discuss your home free of distractions.  Most real estate agents prefer that you vacate prior to showings or inspections.

Keep pets from disturbing buyers by restricting them to the backyard or an alternative location.


  • Be courteous and friendly, don’t insist on conversing with potential buyers.
  • Never apologize for the appearance of your home.
  • Let the salesperson emphasize the virtues of your home .
  • Avoid trying to sell furnishings. This can lose the sale.
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