Real Estate Professional
Sandra Warfield

Preparing Your Home to Sell

As soon as you determine you may be selling your home, the preparation should begin. Here are a few recommendations to get you on the right track:

  1. Take a Maintenance Inventory:

Your first step should be to talk to walk around your home – inside and out and make a list of any repairs, deferred maintenance you think might be necessary prior to selling. Fresh paint, updated lighting, repairing plumbing leaks, caulking, cleaning or replacing soiled carpet, staining decks, and tidying landscaping are just some examples of things that might need attention.

  1. Call Me for a Pre-Listing Walkthrough:

Step #1 may cause you to ask, “Do I really need to complete all of these? Which ones do I have to pay attention to and which improvements might not be worth the investment?” I am happy to go through your list with you and give you suggestions based on my experience over many years. I love to give clients tips on the small investments which make BIG impacts when selling.

  1. Make Repairs/Improvements:

This step in the process usually requires the most amount of time – but is totally dependent on the amount and type of repairs you identify. Ordering carpet may require more lead time than painting a room, so planning ahead pays off.

  1. Declutter – Start Packing!:

You’ll need to pack it anyway, so begin this process as you prepare your home for staging. All personal photos, knick knacks, etc can be removed and packed. Our pre-listing walkthrough will help you to identify what to pack and what to leave. Some sellers find it necessary to rent some temporary storage space for the listing timeframe if ample storage space isn’t available at your home.

  1. Consider Testing your home for Radon:

There is a heightened awareness of radon in homes and the dangers it poses. Buyers will usually test for radon unless a test has already been performed and safe results were reported. Dealing with radon ahead of time can relieve stress of having to take care of it right before closing.

About Sandra Warfield

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Sandra Warfield


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13875 Hwy 13 S, Savage, MN 55378



Sandra was wonderful to work with. Knowledgeable, kind, professional and any other positive adjective you could come up. Her patience was appreciated. She also sold our home. It was on the market one week!


We worked with Sandra to sell our home and find a new one. She has been with us for the long haul - we reached out to her last fall for advice on getting our house ready for the market, and listed in the spring. Her expertise helped us see things from a... (more)


Sandra listed and sold our home quickly. She knows the local market did a fantastic job in marketing, negotiating and selling our property. It was very painless on our part and we cannot thank her enough for doing a great job. If we are ever in the MN market... (more)

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