5 Home Projects to Finish Before Listing Your Home

The mere idea of preparing your home for sale can be so daunting that many Sellers delay until crunch time. If you plan on listing and selling in the spring, here are crucial steps to take in order to maximize your net revenue from your sale. Take the time this winter to get ready, while you’re indoors. (Unless you live in Park City, and skiing all the fresh snow we’ve been getting hammered with).

  1. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way, especially if you have any faux paint in your home. You must get rid of the faux paint. It dates your property instantly. For the latest colors, try logging on to Houzz.com to get ideas on current, yet neutral, colors. Or hire a professional to help you. If you live in Park City, I have a few great contacts for you. Remember to take a look at the trim around your doors in high traffic areas, scuff marks on walls, and your front door.

  2. What is the current condition of your flooring? At the very least, get the carpets cleaned. But new carpet in a worn area is a great way to go. Also, perhaps change to a new surface. The new tile choices are fantastic and will definitely get noticed when your home is shown.

  3. Clean up and organize with the KonMari Method, by Marie Kondo. The level of organization is so pleasing and calming to the eye. You will love the results and reap the benefits for the last few months you live in your home. And likely continue to live this way in your new home. Added benefit, less to pack and move!

    “The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.” - Marie Kondo

  4. Get a pre-inspection to find out if there are issues with your home you may have no idea about. The pre-inspection will prevent you from receiving shocking news from your Buyer about any issues in your home. Hopefully there won’t be any big repairs. Make a punch list of items that need to be repaired. Keep all of your invoices and be prepared to disclose issues, even if you fixed them. You’ll have your invoices as proof.

  5. How will your yard look when the snow melts? Spruce it up with some fresh mulch or bark in the beds. Fertilize the lawn. New flowers and some potted plants at your front entryway will make your home pop and have beautiful curb appeal.


I find that the money spent on preparing your home for sale pays for itself and leaves you with extra. I rarely ever see home prep not pay off unless there is another glaring issue that can’t be overcome. Ready to sell your home? I am happy to be your listing agent and help determine which home projects will get your home sold fast. Call me at 801-550-7563 when you are ready to sell.

Mary Ciminelli