Thorough preparation is essential for a speedy, successful home sale. To assist potential sellers who are uneasy about this preliminary process, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty provides some practical guidance about how and where to begin.

1) Curb appeal – or lack thereof – significantly influences buyers’ first impressions, so the front yard is a great place to focus your initial efforts. Start by adding seasonal color to your flowerbeds, trimming trees, cleaning windows and freshening paint. These minor tasks often bring major payoffs.

2) Improvements to your home’s interior spaces, such as steam cleaning carpets and purchasing a few new appliances, indicate a lovingly maintained residence. By making sure each room looks crisp and well kept, you reassure buyers that they will have a smooth move-in that won’t require extra work.

3) Sellers are also wise to stage their homes, which involves de-cluttering, de-personalizing, rearranging and/or redecorating. Rooms often need to be presented much differently than how the owners live so that prospective buyers can visualize their own belongings in the space.

4) Agents typically advise that in terms of furniture, “less is always more,” so sellers may want to consider renting a storage unit while waiting for a buyer to bite. 

5) When it’s time for a showing, be sure that pets are put away securely and have your agent light some softly-scented candles. Avoid vanilla, however – polls indicate that it is the least favorable smell of all.

For the latest real estate market information contact these Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty Agents: LeeLee Gioia and Anne Goyer, Michelle Wood, Amy Detwiler, Becky Frey, Jenny Wood, Lucinda Buford and Tessa Mosteller, Robin McMonigle and Ellen Harbison. Betsy Cameron and Janis Wells, Karla and Alex Trusler and Will Seale.

Extraordinary homes and extraordinary people create great neighborhoods. Go to to see luxury homes for sale in the DFW area. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

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