You’ve made the decision to sell your home — now you want to position yourself for a quick and successful sale. What’s the most important thing you can do to entice buyers?

“Make your home look welcoming when people drive by,” said Kimber Powell, Realtor and sales manager for Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group in Altoona, Iowa.

“You want to invite them in. Make sure your front door looks nice. Trim and landscape your yard. Accent your entryway with a new door mat and pots of flowers that contrast with the color of your home,” she said.


A well-maintained house appeals to more buyers and can sell faster and may sell for a higher price, according to


Follow these tips to position your house for a successful sale:

Enhance curb appeal

Maximize your home’s exterior appearance. Keep the lawn and landscaping edged, cut and watered.

Inspect doors, windows, trim, foundation and siding for peeling paint. Repaint and replace items as needed. Clean out gutters and replace missing caulk and shingles.

Declutter inside


Remove clutter and store personal items and extra furniture before prospective buyers arrive. Make repairs where needed, Powell advised.

“Repairs are ongoing maintenance needs that show your home has been well-cared-for and kept up-to-date,” she said. “Most potential buyers want homes that are easy to move into.”

Repaint dingy or stained walls with a neutral shade of paint. Repair cracks or holes in walls, ceilings, tile and woodwork. Replace broken items and consider updating worn-out cabinet knobs, dated curtains and battered hardware.

Show lifestyle possibilities

Create a lifestyle story to help buyers envision themselves living in your home. Have a small kitchen but a big deck? Focus on outdoor entertaining by adding lights, comfy cushions and showcasing grilling areas, Powell recommended. “You want to show buyers the ways they can use the entire home and yard,” Powell said.


This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.