Basic Steps to Prepare Your Home

If you have been thinking about listing your home on Brea’s real estate market, check this out.  All seller’s dream of a quick home sale at full market value and this is possible, but not without thorough preparation and proper staging.

As your premier real estate agent for homes for sale in Brea, here is a detailed overview of how to properly prepare and stage your home to attract a wide range of interested buyers and to make your home an attractive option for a quick sale at full market value.

Before you List

Before you are ready to list your home on the market, it is a good idea to have an overall game plan in mind on how you want to present your home, when you want to present your home and who you want presenting your home.  This all starts with finding the right real estate agent.  Before making any final decisions, be sure that the agent you choose has the following attributes and qualities:

  • They know the neighborhood, area, community, and city and can give a personalized, detailed account of each to any potential buyer. In many cases, the neighborhood and even the city are part of the overall selling features of your home.  Be sure that these points are properly presented.
  • The right agent will also be able to compare other sales in your neighborhood and surrounding area to arrive at a fair and equitable price for your home as well as an average timeframe on how long each home was listed on the market for.
  • They are flexible and willing to listen as well as present their overall vision and plan on how to best represent and showcase your home. Most homes are sold using a combination of open houses, a strong online portfolio, and private showings.
  • They are friendly, outgoing and want to be a part of your sales team.

A Picture is worth a Thousand Words

The internet has become one of the most useful tools in the real estate market in the past decade.  So many potential home buyers now find or at least narrow their choices down by viewing homes online.  That is why a strong online portfolio that showcases your home in the best light possible is such an important part of properly marketing and selling your home.  When choosing the photographs that you want to represent your home be sure:

  • They are crisp and in focus. Blurry photographs are the quickest way to lose potential homebuyers.
  • All photographs are well-lit and do not represent any room in your home as dark.
  • You have included unique selling features such as big windows, large deck, and even outdoor photos of backyards.
  • All renovations are well represented in photographs.

To Paint or not to Paint

A newly painted interior of a home is an excellent selling feature.  Not only will it draw a potential home buyer’s attention and peak interest, it is also something that they can cross off their to do list if or when they move in.  A fresh coat of paint will also add value to your home so you can expect to get closer to full market value.  When painting your home there are some guidelines that you should be aware of.

  • Always choose a neutral color for rooms, hallways, baseboards etc.
  • If you have any bold color choices in your kitchen, bedroom or any other room in your home, it is a good idea to repaint those walls with a neutral color even if you are choosing not to paint your entire home. Bold colors, although may be a great personal choice do not go over well when you are trying to sell your home.

What to Showcase

When you are showing your home at either an open house or a private showing, there will be parts that you will want to showcase.  Usually the unique characteristics of a home are its main selling features.  Areas that you may want to spend extra time staging and direct any interested buyer towards include:

  • Renovated areas in your home. Bathroom and kitchen renovations usually draw the most attention and increase your home’s value.
  • A large deck or patio is always a great selling feature and should be a part of any online portfolio and private showing.
  • Views, and large or oversized windows that let in natural light.
  • Large yards and unique landscaping features.
  • Large open floor plans to allow any potential buyer to see the full potential of your home through their eyes.

Repair or Replace

Before opening your home to interested parties, you need to do a walk-through of both the inside and outside of your home to inspect it for any type of damage.  You will need to repair or replace any damage as the last thing that you want is to showcase a broken appliance or a home in disrepair and ask for full market value.  Some often-overlooked items that you will want to either repair or replace include:

  • The blinds in your home. Be sure that the cords are de-tangled and in working order.  You will also want to ensure that the blinds are not bent and that the rod that opens and closes the blind is not broken or damaged.
  • Replace all burnt out lights both inside and outside your home. The last thing that you want to do is to have a potential homebuyer turn on a light switch and nothing to happen.  That may leave a larger concern about an electrical issue.  Another great tip is to replace the lights in your home with brighter bulbs to illuminate each room.
  • Inspect and replace any window screens that may be ripped or torn.
  • Seal any cracks in and around the base of your home.
  • Replace any damaged or missing shingles on your roof.


When you are showing your home to interested parties, you will want to depersonalize it.  Really have a look at the artwork on your walls, the color choices in each room and any other personal statements that you may have in your home.  What you want is to showcase a neutral home that will appeal to a large range of potential buyers.

While you are depersonalizing your home, you should also declutter it as well.  Although you may need certain things in your life to make your home functional and livable, you will need to put those into storage when you are showing your home.  Convenience and livability should not be the focus when showing your home at an open house or private showing.

Stage it Right

The final piece of the listing and sales puzzle is properly staging your home.  A well-staged home should open your home up and highlight the overall floor space and openness of each room.  The goal of staging your home is to allow any interested party to be able to envision their belongings and their lifestyle in the space of your home. Your real estate agent will be able to help you with the final details of staging your home and help you get your home ready for a quick sale.

When it comes to listing your home for sale in Brea’s real estate market, you will need to do some thorough preparation if you want your home to stand out amongst the competition.  The more work and time you put into your home, the better resale value you will have.  Be sure to make your home a standout by following the previous discussed tips. 

We can do all or most of the work for you. If you are interested in listing your home on Brea’s real estate market or would like more information about how to properly prepare your home for a sale, please contact me. I’m Darryl Jones, Brea’s Top Realtor.  I would love to be a part of your sales team and help you turn that for sale sign into a sold one today.  I look forward to working with you soon.

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