Tips for Owners Preparing to Sell

Seller Tip #1 – Curb Appeal – It is Important!

Click here for Before and After of Boring Beige  (BEFORE)  and  AFTER of this home and Before and After photos of other homes which show how much more curb appeal they have after their transformations.


A potential sale is toast if a buyer won’t even get out of his agent’s car because the exterior of your home turns him off. So open your front door and step outside. Look at your home. Does it make you want to enter? Does the house welcome you?


If not, start with the front door. Make it urge people to turn the handle and come inside. Paint it and consider adding a seasonal wreath or other minor decoration. Repair door handles or replace if necessary.

Clean the glass in the front door and the windows. Remove any personalization from the door like ‘Welcome to the Joneses’.

Clear the sidewalks and mow the lawn, trim shrubs and low hanging tree branches. Paint faded window trim and plant some yellow or colorful flowers if the season allows. Yellow evokes a buying emotion and marigolds are inexpensive. Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.

Power wash the sidewalks and driveway and any mold on the brick.


Make it ‘appealing’!

Taresa Lutz is co-owner of Stellar Staging Group and is an Accredited Staging Professional® and a Certified Luxury Home Staging Specialist®. She is also a Licensed Texas REALTOR® with Texas Premier Realty and has earned several REALTOR® designations including the ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative), ALHS (Accredited Luxury Home Specialist), ASP® (Accredited Staging Professional), GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), NHC (New Home Construction-Buyer Representative), SRS (Seller Representative Specialist), and TRLS (Texas Residential Leasing Specialist). Taresa blogs for several websites on a variety of Real Estate topics as well as other topics.