Preparing Your Property for Sale

First impressions are vital. Evaluate the condition of your home and focus on visual appeal. A small investment of time and energy will make a big difference, bringing you the highest possible price in the shortest period of time. If major improvements or renovations are required, be sure to complete them before you put your property on the market. It is also essential to have all building permits and certificates of occupancy in place. 

Interior Preparation 

Painting - Consider repainting any discolored walls and those that are currently painted in dark or drab colors. Color schemes should have neutral, off white, or antique white tones. 

Carpeting - All carpeting should be steam cleaned. Considering replacing any worn or stained carpeting, or removing it if you have hardwood floors. 

Operations - Be sure that all plumbing, heating, and electrical items are functioning properly. 

Safety - Be sure your house is safe. For a potential homebuyer unfamiliar with your house, a wobbly railing or uneven floors could pose a risk. 

Fireplaces - Arrange for professional cleaning and inspection of fireplaces. Although the homebuyer may request an inspection or cleaning, your performing one will create a good impression and remove and possible issues. 

Closets - Clean and organize all closets, paying attention to floors, shelves, and overhead spaces. 

Doors and Windows - Ensure that all doors and windows operate smoothly. 

Cleaning - A thorough professional cleaning will always make a house appear more attractive and appealing. 

Exterior Preparation 

Overall Appearance - Remove any clutter from the property. This includes tree limbs and leaves, lawn tractors, etc. Power wash the exterior of the house, if necessary, and repaint, if necessary. 

Lawn - Be sure the grass is cut, and if necessary, reseed any bare lawn areas. 

Landscaping - Trim all shrubbery plantings, and trees and remove dead limbs. Add mulch to planting beds and around trees. If the weather is appropriate, plant seasonal flowers where suitable. 

Driveway - If the driveway is stone and appears lean, add another layer of gravel. if the driveway is asphalt, consider resealing it. 

Decks and Porches - Power wah and seal, stain, or paint all decks and porches. 

Gutters and Downspouts - Check gutters and downspouts to ensure they are clear and functioning properly. 

Lights - Be sure all exterior lights are operable. 

Windows - Be sure that both the exterior and interior of all windows are clean. 

Our sister company, Tongue & Groove Design + Build, is available to do a walk-through of your property to see what needs to be done. Tongue & Groove will then send out their team members to fix the issues that need to be taken care of. 

For more information, please call the Mark Batson Group at 910.679.4611. 


Specializing in waterfront properties, including the communities of Landfall, Figure Eight, and Wrightsville Beach; his clientele include current and former CEO's and families from major metropolitan markets in North Carolina and the Northeast.

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