Prepping an Empty House for Sale

May 6, 2022

You read that right. Should you “prep” an empty house? This is not about adding furniture or plants to a vacant home, but it’s about looking at the empty home and making it more appealing to buyers. Not all homes need furniture to sell for top dollar, but even a vacant home needs attention before it’s ready for showing. The key is to remove anything that would distract from a buyer seeing the home in its best light and highlight its best features.

What Should You Remove from a Vacant House?

  • Anything that isn’t clean – Remove dirt from ceiling fans, baseboards, sink, dishwasher, windows, shelves, etc.
  • Leftover Items – Hangers in closets, old batteries from drawers.
  • Cable and Cords – Neaten walls and floors by removing or hiding.
  • Worn or Stained Carpet – Replace old, damaged, stained, or dated carpet.
  • Old Window Treatments – Old dated curtains and tired Venetian blinds are distracting, remove them.
  • Spider Webs and Dust Balls – Check those corners for dead bugs, cobwebs, and dust.
  • Leave Behind Furniture – Don’t be tempted to leave indoor or outdoor furniture you no longer want.
  • Dead Leaves – Clean the yard and remove all debris.