Getting your House Ready to Sell – Part 1 to Sell Your Home

No matter what shape your home is in – whether totally pristine, looking comfortably “lived in,” or a wee bit on the messy side – deciding it’s time to get your house ready to sell can easily raise the stress levels a bit! While each home is different, there are a few do’s and don’ts to help most of us homeowners. Everyone’s list is a bit different, so I thought I’d share some of mine over the next few weeks. And yes! I’d love your suggestions for ideas you might want to add. Those are always a big help for all of us, including some upcoming first time homebuyers I know.

Basically, my goal when preparing a house to sell is to make it appealing to the widest variety of home shoppers as possible.

DeClutter, DeDecorate, and DePersonalize!

The first thing I always do when I am about to move, and that I recommend to everyone – DEclutter, DEdecorate, and DEpersonalize!


Clutter’s Last Stand was a big help to me many years ago. I got half way through that book and was so motivated after reading about why and what and how to declutter, I spent the next few days actually DOING it and it looked GREAT! What a difference it made to eliminate items we hadn’t used in months or years and have less “stuff” in the way. And we weren’t even moving to a new house then.

It’s even more useful to declutter BIG time when you ARE moving. Each item you give away or throw away is one less thing to pack and, if you are paying for movers, it’s going to save you money as well.

One important tip I learned from Clutter’s Last Stand and still practice – make three piles: Giveaway, Throway, Put Away/Storage

When preparing to sell your home I highly recommend that, if you have a lot of items that have to be stored and/or if you have very little room for storage, rent a storage unit until you are ready to move into your new home. If you call around, you are likely to find a storage unit offering a discount to new clients. We did that a couple of times when we were moving and were quite happy we did! One loved one was going to use storage/moving pods for moving their household goods. They had them delivered early and filled them full. They decluttered their home AND were packed and ready to go when the moving van picked them up a month or two later.

This cute toy is of the moving pods that can be used to help declutter a house you want to sell-via Kaye Swain REALTOR living in Roseville California

The less of “our stuff” in a home we are selling, the easier it is for a buyer to see how big it is and be able to visualize how “their stuff” would work in the house – a vital part of shopping for a new home.


Make sure you also box up any and all specialty home decor items. If you’re not specifically staging your house, I’d probably suggest you leave some generic pictures hanging in a couple of rooms. Overall, though, simple blander home decor makes it easier for a prospective home buyer to “see” their furniture in your home. For example, I LOVE the vintage country rustic home decor style, as do several of my friends. Then again, I have several other friends who would never decorate that way. Their tastes lean more towards traditional formal and if they were househunting at my house with my home decor, they might leave thinking they didn’t care for the home when it was actually all my cute country teddy bears and and quilts they weren’t comfortable with. :)

Country home decor is my fave-Kaye Swain REALTOR


While you are decluttering and dedecorating, don’t forget to depersonalize too. Any family photos, trophies, most books, pet accessories, etc. should be packed up in preparation for a move to your new home where they can again be special for your family. Remember, it’s nothing personal!

A cute pink photo of your baby might not be to a buyers taste-Kaye Swain REALTOR

It’s just another good way to help the most homebuyers see their own families, friends and personal lives intertwining in your house with the goal of having them make a great offer to you to buy it. So pack all those sweet treasures safe and snug to be rediscovered after you sell this house and move to your own new home.

Keep Your Eye On The Prize!

It’s so vital throughout the whole process of preparing to sell your house to “keep your eye on the prize.” And, of course, the prize is selling your home as quickly as possible and for selling it for the highest price.

Now that your house is nicely decluttered, dedecorated and depersonalized, it’s time to move on to the next suggestions for getting your home ready to sell… (Check back soon for Part 2 :) ).

Kaye Swain REALTOR loves to visit the Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday

Kaye Swain WA REALTOR from Roseville California loves Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound


P.S. Part two will be popping up soon. If you can’t wait for more ideas, click here for my Pinterest Board full of tips to help you with getting your house ready to sell.

P.P.S. If you are ready to sell your home NOW, or want to know the current market value of your house, click here or give me a call at 657-229-5293 or email me at Even if you live outside my area, I can help you find an excellent REALTOR who can help you sell your home in YOUR neck of the woods.


It’s Time To Prepare! National Preparedness!

FEMA Ellis Maynard photo of earthquake damage in Napa California near Roseville and Sacramento CA in 2014Natural Disasters. They seem to happen pretty regularly, don’t they? And not just in one area – they can happen all around the country. Just in my far-flung family alone, we’ve done a lot of praying for friends and neigbhors hit hard by tornados in Kentucky, hurricanes and flooding in Florida, Hawaii, and New York, fires in Washington and California, ice storms in Arkansas and Kentucky, and earthquakes in California… And the list goes on. What’s a person to do?

We can’t stop them, of course. But we can take steps to prepare. And guess what! FEMA has declared September “National Preparedness Month!” Here’s a video from 2012 explaining it a bit.

It’s a great opportunity to share some vital and valuable resources with y’all. And let me tell you, there is a wealth of grand resources out there for us! So much so, that I will be sharing them with you over the next few days and at various sites to help prevent information overload in one little blog post. :)

First and foremost, September 30, 2014, has been designated National Prepareathon Day. This is a great day to plan ahead to sit down and talk to family and friends about steps you can take now to prepare for future problems that could arise. Perhaps take a trip to the store to stock up on batteries, flashlights, water bottles, etc. (Click here for a great pdf pamphlet with plenty of suggestions!) And for any of you who are Neighborhood Watch block captains – this would make a great subject for a meeting this week – even if you have to have it later than the 30th. :)

FEMA also has a smart phone mobile app to help us with preparation and dealing with natural disasters? You can find more information about it by clicking here.

From California to Florida and inbetween-great FEMA mobile app-via Kaye Swain REALTOR

As most of us know, disasters can strike with no notice at any time – whether natural or, sadly, man-made!

Taking simple steps can help us be a little more prepared for “come-what-may.” While that may not be enough in some cases, most of the time, it WILL pay off big dividends for small steps. Let’s join together to talk about and prepare for problems, while hoping and praying none will come. And then, be sure to rotate your cans and bottles regularly – using them or sharing them with your local church or community food bank. That way, they won’t go to waste and, one way or another, they will serve a good and useful purpose. :)

Zombie Apocalypses are highly unlikely to happen but still good to be prepared via Kaye Swain REALTOR living in Roseville CA

 P.S. YES! In the event of a Zombie Apocalypse, National Preparedness will help for that as well.  😀