Dated: April 27 2023

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Selling your home can be an exciting yet challenging endeavor.  We can help you in many ways so that it’s not so overwhelming.  That is what we love to do at My American Dream Team!

A well-prepared home stands a much better chance of attracting more potential buyers and fetching a more favorable price.   Whether you’re a seasoned seller or a first-time homeowner looking to sell, here are some valuable tips to help you prepare your home for a successful sale.  Wende and her team will be with you every step of the way.

1.        Boost Curb Appeal: First Impressions matter and enhancing the home’s curb appeal can significantly impact a buyer’s perception.  Ensure your front yard is well-maintained, with trimmed shrubs, fresh granite if necessary, and some vibrant color.  A fresh coat of paint on the front door and clean windows can work wonders.  Consider power washing the exterior and repairing any visible damage.

2.       DECLUTTER and DEPERSONALIZE.  Notice those are capitalized.  These are extremely important.  A cluttered space can make your home appear smaller and less appealing.  Take the time to declutter and organize each room, removing personal items and excess furniture.  This will help potential buyers envision themselves living in the space.  Additionally, a thorough cleaning, including any carpets, windows, and appliances will leave a lasting impression.

3.       Highlight Key Features:  We are fortunate in Arizona to have beautiful landscape and outdoor living opportunities.  Showcase your home’s outdoor features such a well-maintained backyard, patio or pool area.  Consider staging these areas with outdoor furniture and accessories to create an inviting atmosphere where buyers can envision living their lives.

4.       Make Necessary Repairs:  Consider doing a pre-inspection to provide buyers after any known repairs have been addressed. Fix leaky faucets, squeaky doors, or loose handrails.  Ensure all electrical outlets, lights and switches are functional. Buyers appreciate a move in ready home and tackling these repairs in advance saves time during negotiations.

5.       Stage with Neutral Tones: Neutral colors appeal to a wide range of buyers and create a clean, fresh canvas.  Consider repainting any bold or personalized walls with light, neutral tones.  Opt for tasteful and minimalistic décor that accentuates the space and allows buyers to envision their own style.

6.       Insist on Professional Listing Photos: In the digital age, we are seeing some buyers make offers sight unseen while they rely on the photos and video offered by the Listing Agent. Appealing photos can make a significant difference in attracting potential buyers.  Hire a professional Listing Agent who has the connections to capture amazing, well-lit, high-quality images of your home’s interior and exterior.  Your Agent will utilize these images for online listings and various marketing materials.

7.       Price Competitively:  This is crucial in today’s market.  Along with your Agent, research the local real estate market to determine a competitive price for your home.  Find a trusted agent with expertise in the market. Pricing your home appropriately from the beginning will attract serious buyers and prevent unnecessary delays in the selling process.


Preparing your home for sale involves several essential steps to ensure a successful and timely sale.  By enhancing curb appeal, decluttering, highlighting key features, making necessary repairs, using neutral tones throughout the home, capturing professional listing photos, and pricing competitively, you increase the chances of attracting potential buyers and security a favorable sale price.  Remember, a well-prepared home is more likely to leave a lasting impression and generate a positive experience.

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Wende Bartolomeo

Wende is an Arizona native, born and raised in the metro-Phoenix area.  She has lived in Anthem, Arizona since 2000 and that is where she chose to raise her family.        &nb....

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