Tips for Preparing Your Home For Sale

Preparing Your Home For SaleLooking for some tips on getting your home ready for sale? We interviewed Branden Annotti, Owner of Annotti Building Company, a California contractor who provided us with some recommended improvements you should make if you’re about to sell your home.

What are the most important home improvements to consider before listing your home for sale?

The most important items to factor in with your home sale are damaged, broken or highly aged items. If the heater doesn’t work, the garage door motor is broken, or the faucet still has that leak under the sink–these items will make or break your sale and need to be corrected. Even if all you have to do is empty the Tupperware every week from underneath the sink–this is not acceptable to a buyer. If cost is an issue, you will be surprised at the amount of return provided by the small amount money it takes for these types of repairs.

The next item on our list is drywall and paint. I cannot emphasize enough how much repairing damaged drywall and finishing it off with a fresh coat of paint will increase the sale-ability of your home. Damaged drywall includes all those nail holes from hanging paintings.

You should also remove all the clutter from inside your home, keeping in mind that less is always better than more. These are by far the biggest bang for your buck items that squeeze all the value out of your home you can.

How about exterior improvements?

Curb appeal is something we have all heard about and sometimes error in realization. You will have a hard time selling any home that has weeds so high out front you can no longer see the home. If you do not have a green thumb, a gardener is inexpensive compared with the value you will get back from having the exterior of your home presentable for sale.

This does not mean you have to landscape your entire yard, but does mean all leaves, trash and debris be cleaned up as well as all hedges, trees and shrubs trimmed including the grass being kept cut and edged. If you want buyers to ask to see your home, make it look presentable from the outside and you will increase your foot traffic inside. While we are on landscaping a working sprinkler system, if there is one, is included as one of those items that must be functioning.

What should sellers on a budget do?

I understand that not everyone will be able to have their homes in perfect shape before a sale and that’s okay. If you only can take care of some of this it will greatly help. Start by ensuring the major items in your home work such as the water heater and air conditioner. Then take care of your landscaping, after that start working on the aesthetic items in and around the home.

What other advice can you provide home sellers?

Try and accomplish as much as you can BEFORE you show your home to potential buyers and remember there is always that one extra thing you could have done so don’t stress yourself out. Just get as much accomplished as you can. Remember the first impression is the most important so take some time to look at your home from the buyer’s point of view.

Make a plan, stick to it, you will get through it!

Thank you Branden for those great tips! You can reach Branden Annotti at (805) 300-1338 or via e-mail at

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