Preparing Your Coral Gables Home to Sell

ADDED ON July 31, 2013 5 COMMENTS

home staging coral gablesPreparing your Coral Gables home to sell is about removing obstacles to a sale and fixing problems that the next person doesn’t want to hassle with. 

In short, your goal is to fix the dated, damaged, and broken.

Is there chipped tile in the living room, peeling paint in the bathroom, and bedrooms cluttered with bulky furniture?

If the answer is yes, there’s work to be done before professional photographs can be taken to expose your home to potential buyers online and in person.

The tips discussed below will make your home more appealing to prospective buyers. The more appealing your home, the more likely it is to sell for the most money in the shortest amount of time.

Curb Appeal

Exterior Paint

The outside of your home is the first thing a potential buyer sees – in person or online.

The color and condition of your home’s exterior paint is one of the single most important things to a prospective buyer. The color makes a visceral impact the moment a buyer walks up to the home. 

If the paint is faded and peeling, it is a warning that the home may suffer from deferred maintenance.


Landscaping is another huge part of that first impression.

Are things overgrown, dead or dying in your garden? If so, remove them immediately.

Consider fertilizing and watering the lawn regularly, raking leaves, repairing the sprinkler system, pruning wild shrubs, and trimming overhanging tree branches.

Use bright flowers to create well-defined borders and accent areas that add color your yard.


A bad or outdated roof is an indicator of general lack of maintenance.

Roofs may be expensive to repair or replace, but often make the difference between a home that qualifies for mortgage financing or a home subject to cash offers only (and a diminished pool of potential buyers).

Driveways & Walkways

Driveways are a dominant feature in a lot of homes. Oil stains and small cracks should be addressed. You should consider replacing concrete or asphalt driveways that are badly damaged.

Walkways should be swept clean of items, obstacles, and debris. Buyers should have a clear and safe path to your front door.

Clean (Exterior)

Pressure clean driveways, walkways, patios, and pool decks. Consider restoring wood if you have a wood deck.

Wash all your windows and window screens inside and out. Put away all the garden tools, and remove all toys and bicycles.


You want buyers to walk through your home and see its full potential. You don’t want them to leave feeling like the rooms and closets are small and that the home has no flow.

The goal is to remove enough furniture and personal items to showcase the home’s size and layout.

Even if you don’t plan on throwing things away, consider packing rarely used household items, knick-knacks, and off-season clothing in containers. Store them in your garage, a family member’s home or lock them away in public storage until your home sells.

It is also highly recommended that you remove valuables, such as jewelry and small electronics, from the home before placing it on the market.

Make sure all beds are made, that bedrooms are neat and organized, and that laundry is clean, folded, and neatly put away where it belongs.


People buy homes based on the EMOTIONAL FEELINGS they get from the home.

Let me say it again. People buy homes based on the EMOTIONAL FEELINGS they get from the home.

When a buyer walks through your home, you want her thinking about the backyard barbecues she’ll host, the Sunday dinners in the dining room with family, the kids’ birthday celebrations or simply relaxing in the family room sofa.

It’s difficult for buyers to envision their future in your home if everywhere they look they see photos and memories of you and your family.

Start by packing away all family photos on the walls, side tables, and coffee table.

The gallery of magnet-held children’s artwork covering your refrigerator? Pack that in a safe place as well. It may be worth big money one day.

I know that you’re still living in the home, but you have to think of it as the house you’re selling, not the home you’ve created countless memories in.

Remove All Signs of Your Pets

Start by putting away any food and water bowls, pet toys and litter boxes. If you have any items that are too big to hide — like cages or dog carriers — find a discreet storage location in the garage or outside your home.

If you keep photographs of you and your pets on display, consider packing the images away. While there may be plenty of pet-friendly buyers visiting your home, it is important not to offend anyone (people allergic to pets) that looks at your home.

Clean (Interior)

It is common for homeowners to become desensitized to odors in their own homes.

Do you smoke? Have pets? Has the home been sitting vacant for a while?

Whatever the case, you want to make sure your home smells fresh and feels clean the second a buyer steps through the front door.

No, plugging in an air freshener and lighting a few candles won’t do the trick.

Perform a thorough cleaning before putting your home on the market. We recommend that you hire a professional cleaning service.

Shampoo carpets, clean kitchen appliances and surfaces, clean and freshen the bathrooms, etc.

It is very important to continue with ongoing, regularly-scheduled maintenance schedules and cleanings. Remember, your home must be ready to show at ALL times.

If you’re interested in talking to us about how we can help you sell your Coral Gables home, let’s talk today – 305-491-7179 or

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5 Responses to “Preparing Your Coral Gables Home to Sell”

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