Top Tips for Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

Top realtor Rosemary Allison shares her top tips for getting your home ready to sell.

Will Rogers said it best: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

Similarly, you never get another opportunity to give the first impression of your home.

On my initial appointment with each homeowner, I review points to maximize the potential of their home. It might be anything from a deep-cleaning to small cosmetic improvements. I work side-by-side with my clients to assess every opportunity to elevate their home’s value. And now am sharing the same top tips for getting your home ready to sell.

Top Tips


This is always my number one piece of advice. Nobody wants to look at stacks of old magazines, tacky holiday souvenirs or dirty clothes heaped upon every available surface.


Once everything is as minimal as you can make it, take care that your rooms look as stylish as possible. Firstly, symmetry is key. Look at hotels and model homes. All of the best-designed places have a symmetrical focus. This means such as lamps and bedside tables on either side of the bed. Also, the beds should be impeccably made. That means fresh newer looking, ironed bedspreads or duvet covers, plumped pillows and coordinating cushions added, for that hotel feel. Finally, make sure there are no straggling cords or messy bed sheets.

First Impression

When potential buyers walk up to your home, you’ve got less than a minute to impress them. How your home looks on the outside will set the tone for the rest of their viewing. If potential buyers feel your home is nicely maintained at the start, they’ll likely  look past less desirable finishes in the interior. As a result, pay attention to details like plantings, fresh paint, immaculate light fixtures and well-maintained hardware.

Lighting and Scent

Warm, soft color LED lights (not the glaring blue tinged LEDs), illuminate a room without the antiseptic feel of a hospital. Likewise, I purchased a few small machines called ScentHD which I lend to my clients. Turning them on just before a showing creates the feeling of being at an exclusive hotel or resort.

Professional Photos

I realize the value of professional photos of my listings in order to catch the eye of the potential buyer who might be perusing hundreds of homes on the internet. To that end, I hire a photographer that photographs only one home per day, and he photographs every shot with different light exposures. When he leaves the listing, he has hours of work ahead of him during which he layers the photos so that the rooms and their beauty shine. I have a full staging crew that comes to my listings prior to the photographer, and this crew brings items such as flowers, pillows and bedspreads. Additionally, we rearrange furniture for optimal exposures.

Be Ready

It is important to provide full disclosures to potential buyers. Put together a file containing all documents to do with your home. Include any warranties for repairs, invoices for gas and electrical work, copies of permits and so on. Compile a list of the improvements and repairs you have made over the years and include approximate dates. Provide a list of costs, such as gardener, water and other utilities. Do this in advance and you will be ready to provide the information when requested.

Use these top tips for getting ready to sell your home and you’ll be set the minute the first potential buyers walk through the front door.

About Rosemary

Earning impressive accolades for her breadth of knowledge, ethical practices and expertise in negotiating, Rosemary Allison’s dedication and strong work ethic have earned her a reputation as one of the most trusted and admired real estate professionals in the nation. All of these qualities enable her to successfully attain the goals of the most discriminating buyers and sellers that she represents. Most recently, Rosemary was named as one of America’s top 250 real estate professionals by The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends, a prestigious national awards ranking sponsored annually by the two respected publications. Her star-studded clientele list includes many famous names in nearly every industry.

As an Estates Director for Coldwell Banker Global Luxury in Westlake Village, Rosemary is in a unique position to offer unparalleled knowledge and marketing expertise. Rosemary’s goal—as it has always been—is to “continue using my wealth of experience to ensure the financial success of my clients.”

“This focus and expertise coupled with my determination to get my clients the highest possible return on their greatest investment has made me second to none in our area,” she emphasizes. “I measure my success one family at a time.”

Innately understanding the finer points of caring for clients with high net worth, and even higher expectations, Rosemary masterfully unites sellers of the finest homes in Ventura County with quality buyers from across the globe. She brings each of her exclusive listings to a global audience with discretion, taste and visionary marketing.

Join Rosemary’s long list of satisfied sellers by calling or texting her at 805.479.7653 or via email at For more information, visit


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