When it’s time to sell your Clarksville home, we all want a fast turnaround and top dollar. With careful planning and professional insight you’ll have buyers lining up to write a check. Want to know how to turn your home into a marketable and irresistible find? Our tips below will help you prep your house to create a buying frenzy!


While those family heirlooms and personal photographs add warmth to your home, buyer needs to be able to see past your family history. The goal is to allow buyer to imagine their own belongings in the house; their family photos on the walls.

Your Home Is an Asset

Treat the home selling process like a business. Remember you want top dollar for your sale. You’ve put a lot of time and love into your home, but once it is on the market none of that matters any longer.  Your home is now an asset.


Getting rid of knick-knacks and essential items can be the first step in your packing process. If you come across things you haven’t used in a year, it is a good idea to simply get rid of it. Consider donating t a local charity. Remember one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Eliminate clutter from kitchen counters and pack up those books in your book cases.  Put aside a small box for any items you use on a daily basis.

Don’t Forget Your Cabinets and Closets

Face it, buyers enjoy snooping. It’s important to remember this and organize your cabinets and closets. This sends a subtle message to prospective buyers that you most likely have taken great care of the rest of the home as well.

Store Your Larger Items

Remember that word “clutter”? Clutter can be your nemesis when trying to show a home. If you have pieces of furniture that block walkways, put them in storage. Store those empty book cases. If your dining room table has extra leaves, store those away to make the room feel larger. You want to leave just enough furniture to allow for easy movement and good flow.

Keep Your Favorite Items Out of Sight

That antique chandelier that you love so much could easily become a sought after item for a potential buyer. If they see it, they may want it, and not making it part of the sale could end the offer. Don’t let one item ruin your deal.  While you may want to show it off, it is best to remove it before you start showing your home. Make a list of things like fixtures, appliances, and window coverings that you want to keep and be sure to take them down now.

Consider Staging

A quick Google search will uncover a myriad of free advice regarding home staging. Things like fresh white towels, flowers, and rugs in the bathroom are small but effective ways to make an impression on prospective buyers. Keep these staging items in the closet and take them out only when you have a showing to keep them looking new.

Complete Minor Repairs

The market today is booming so you might be able to get away with selling a home “as is”. To ensure a faster sale and a competitive offer, consider making minor repairs before you start showing your home. The following small repairs can add significant value to the offer:

  • Replace old, worn comforters and towels.
  • Get rid of burned out light bulbs
  • If you have doors or drawers that no longer close properly, be sure to fix them.
  • Cracked counter tiles or floors make a visible and negative impression. Take the time to replace those.
  • Patch any holes in the walls.
  • Leaky faucets send a loud message. Be sure to get those fixed.
  • Consider re-caulking tubs, waxing floors, polishing chrome faucets and bleaching older grout.

Your First Impression

Don’t let buyers be wary of your home simply because of a rough exterior. Curb appeal matters. Keep the sidewalks clear, mow the lawn, paint any faded trim.  Consider planting yellow flowers outside (did you know that yellow evokes an emotion of buying?)

Some other tips for sprucing up the exterior of your home include:

  • Keep window coverings neat and level.
  • Make sure that your house number is clearly visible.
  • Trim the bushes around your property.
  • Walk outside. Open your front door. Breathe in deeply inside your home. If you were a potential buyer would you want to walk
    inside? Does your house feel welcoming? If a buyer doesn’t feel comfortable enough to come inside, you’ve just lost a sale.