Preparing To Sell Your Home

Why sell with Grant?

Selling your homes begins with great preparation. When you contract with Grant Cooksey, you will learn about the current housing marking in your area, develop a plan, and you will receive great tips to help you prepare your ndhome so it shows at its best. We will ensure that your property is properly marketed through various media and gain the exposure necessary for selling your home.

Marketing your home

Selling a home takes a well thought out game plan, we have just that. I will help you get ready to list your home. Each home presents its unique opportunities to showcase it properly and gain exposure for your listing.

Preparing your home

Preparing your home for sale can be the difference in getting what you want and settling. Grant Cooksey at Benchmark Realty, LLC offers a comprehensive home valuation and tips that will help prepare your home so that it may stand out from the competition. Some of the tips include: organizing, neutralizing, and easy landscaping suggestions.

What's your home worth?

Not sure if this is a good time to sell? Wonder how much you could potentially net selling your home? Contact me today to research the market in your area and will create a comparative market analysis (CMA) and discuss the options for selling your home.


Here are some other rules worth remembering:

        Never rearrange the interior of your house in a way that reduces the total number of bedrooms to less than three.

        Never add a third bathroom to a two-bath house unless you don’t care about ever recouping your investment.

        Swimming pools rarely return what you spend to install them. Ditto for sunrooms – and finished basements.

If you decide to do what’s usually the smart thing and move rather than improve, it’s often the smaller, relatively inexpensive improvements that turn out to be most worth doing.

The cost of replacing a discolored toilet bowl, making sure all the windows work or getting rid of dead trees and shrubs is trivial compared with adding a bathroom, but such things can have a big and very positive impact on prospective buyers. A good broker can help you decide which expenditures make sense and which don’t, and can save you a lot of money in the process.

Showing Checklist

Fully preparing your home for sale can make considerable difference in the time it takes to sell it. You can help eliminate buyer objections before they arise by making necessary repairs and improvements, some of which are suggested below.


  •  Spruce up gardens and lawn; trim shrubbery and replace dead plants.
  •  Yard and patio should be neat; outdoor furniture should be clean and in good shape.
  •  Clean or paint your front door - remember first impressions last longest!
  • Manicure your front yard, driveway and entry - you can’t sell what you can’t see.


  • Check that door numbers, mailbox, and exterior lighting are all in good repair.
  • Touch up with fresh paint as needed.
  • Inspect chimney for cracks or earthquake damage.
  • Repair loose trim, drainpipes and fencing.
  • Clean stains; clean window screens.


  • Remove clutter; tidy up shelves.
  • Wash floor so it looks clean and spacious.

Living Areas

  •  Apply fresh paint as needed…brighten your interiors with neutral-toned paint.
  • Clean draperies and carpets.
  • Replace burned out light bulbs.
  • Clean fireplace, remove smoke stains from wall and mantle.


  • Sinks, appliances and counter tops should sparkle without any clutter.
  •  Wax the floor.
  • Clean oven, range and other appliances.
  • Clean tile and grout; replace if necessary.


  •  Clean mirrors, glass, chrome and porcelain surfaces.
  • Replace shower curtain if necessary.
  • Fix any faucet drips or leaks.
  • Clean tile, grout and caulking; replace if necessary.


  • Doors and drawers should open and close easily.
  • Remove clutter; tidy up shelves and racks.
  • Shoes and clothes should be neatly arranged.


  • Check the basics around the house. It takes just a minute to check all doors, windows and cabinets to make sure they don’t stick, squeak or are too loose.
  • Clean your furnace & water heater, so buyers know they are looking at a house that has been well maintained.

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