4 Tips for Preparing to Sell Your Home in The New Year

Husband and wife cleaning and organizing their home to prepare for staging.

Deciding to move and sell your home takes a lot of planning and preparation. The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to start checking things off your to-do list and prepping your space for potential buyers.

Here are four helpful tips to prepare your home for a sale in 2022.


1.Make a List of Home Repairs

Take a serious room-by-room walkthrough of your home and make a list of all repairs that need to be done before selling your home. Ask yourself if anything needs to be repaired, cleaned, or replaced. Imagine what a potential buyer would look for and take notes. A complete home makeover isn’t necessary, but small changes to freshen up the space will make all the difference when it comes time to sell. After your walkthrough, create a timeline for making repairs, and plan financing for any projects if needed.

2.Get Your Paperwork in Order

When selling your home, you will need to get some paperwork together like property tax records, documentation of any upgrades made to your home, tax records, appliance manuals, warranty information, and possibly HOA details. While you’re preparing your seller’s paperwork, be sure to get your personal financial information organized, so you will be prepared when the time comes to buy a new home.

3.Practice Routine Home Maintenance

Start doing all your annual home maintenance at the beginning of January instead of regularly throughout the year so you can get those tasks completed by the time you are ready to sell. It is recommended to replace all air filters, put new batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, check for drafts around windows and doors, and have all heating and AC systems professionally cleaned.

4.Start Cleaning Your Space for Staging

The last step is to do a thorough declutter of your closets, cabinets and organize your space. Consider getting rid of items you haven’t used in a year or more and recognize that the less you have, the easier it will be to move. When potential buyers visit, it’s important to show that the house has enough storage space for all their needs. A clean and organized home is esthetically appealing and a better sell.

When your house is free of clutter and ready to start having potential buyers view your space, it is recommended that you stage your home. A prepackaged home staging setup is the quickest and easiest way to get a professionally staged look with no setup fuss and a fast delivery time. With each Stage 2 Go package, you get three full rooms of a cohesive staging look that are easy to assemble and can be delivered within 24-48 hours. Call (202)257-2072 to contact a knowledgeable staging team member and get ready to sell your home fast this new year!