Readying a Home for Resale

By Kate Riley June 6, 2018

This week my family is once again in Las Vegas, enjoying some sun and fun but there was also work to be done on the investment properties. The flip house was just listed for sale and I’m happy to announce it had multiple offers right away. It’s a strong seller’s market, and the home has been beautifully remodeled, but I believe the rapid multiple offers on the flip house are due to a few of the steps I took to get the house ready for resale.

I will also be selling the second investment home purchased four years ago, but that house won’t be on the market until the end of the summer. Today I’m partnering with Arm & Hammer cleaning products to share smart ways get your home ready for resale should you be in the same position.

Stage & Declutter

A staged house shows so much better than an empty one, so at the flip house I brought furniture into the living spaces, creating conversation and dining areas. If you’re selling your primary residence, it’s easiest to use your own furniture to stage your house, but it’s so important to remove any personal items and completely declutter the home so potential buyers can visualize themselves living there.


When my younger brother bought his house, staging was one of the things that that home more attractive to him as a buyer. That home when purchased needed some work but he saw the potential and eventually remodeled the kitchen. He credits the fact that the home was cleverly staged and completely decluttered as the reason he could see his family living there.

Upgrade Fixtures & Fans

When my older brother sold his central California home last year, I advised him to replace the 20 year old light fixtures and swap them out for more contemporary versions. He followed my advice and that went a long way toward his quick resale.

Fresher looking chandeliers, sconces, and fans are a worthy investment for resale, they greatly improve the look and feel of any home. For the flip house in Vegas, I did the same, I replaced the old chandeliers and ceiling fans with fixtures with more modern appeal.




Clean Surfaces & Eliminate Odors

Clearing surfaces is an easy task, declutter by removing anything unnecessary from countertops and then make sure those countertops and surfaces are clean! The same is true for functional furniture, clear off coffee tables, end tables, shelves and bookcases and leave only a few decorative objects, the same as you’d see in a model home.

A huge turnoff to a new buyer is any bad odor. First impressions matter, and fresh smelling homes will sell a lot faster! Deep clean carpets for stain removal then give them a fresh smell with a product with a pleasant fragrance from a trusted brand like Arm & Hammer.


Arm & Hammer’s line of cleaning products including their odor eliminating vacuum bags filters have been tested to retain particles 15 times smaller than the diameter of human hair, so pet dander, dust mite debris, and other particles can all be removed from carpets and floors. Their odor eliminating dry carpet cleaner is easy to sprinkle on and vacuum up for a clean fresh smelling home.

Technology has brought us a long way in home cleaning and care. Arm & Hammer’s Premium Allergen vacuum bags are specially designed to help capture even more allergens, dust and pet hair than ever before. For optimal results, replace vacuum filters every 3-6 months and vacuum bags every 1-2 months.


Fresh Neutral Paint

Do you remember when I installed the green link wallpaper in this bathroom space a few years ago? As much as I loved that wallpaper, I thought it best to remove it for resale and paint the bathroom a pale blue hue so it would have more market appeal.  Any space with saturated or bold colors can also be a turnoff to buyers, so I recommend if listing the home, give the walls a coat of fresh and neutral paint.



Clean Up Landscaping

Yards look best spring through fall when plants are in bloom which is why realtors recommend selling in spring and summer. Nice landscaping makes for better curb appeal, one thing all buyers love when they first pull up to a potential future home.


Fresh Flowers & Plants

When photographing a property for sale and showing it to buyers, it’s nice to have fresh flowers and plants scattered throughout community spaces, like kitchens and bathrooms. Organic materials (think lemons in a bowl in the kitchen) make a space feel so much fresher.


Even if you’re not selling your home, keep in mind Arm & Hammer’s dry cleaning products to keep your home smelling fresh and to remove odors and stains from carpet. Visit the new Arm & Hammer website to learn more about their products. :)

It’s been fun traveling back and forth remodeling these two investment properties in Las Vegas for the last few years, but I’m ready for a new adventure! I’ve mentioned before I’m looking to buy a lake house cabin or cottage next, I’ll keep you posted if and when I get my hands on another fixer upper.

*tips for readying a home for resale brought to you in partnership with Arm & Hammer cleaning products. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog! All tips, photographs, and opinions are mine. :)


  1. Kate – we are going to be in this position soon with my childhood home. It is a stained Deerfield saltbox, with a very traditional layout – closed rooms, gorgeous brick fireplaces, real beams, old pine plank flooring, and filled with gorgeous English antiques. Any suggestions? My parents are still there and it is VERY dated at this point. It was a showplace in the 70’s and 80’s when this was popular, but not sure how I get a millenial to buy it. It is also surrounded by beautiful gardens that will appear daunting to most.

  2. Do you have a source link for that ceiling fan? That’s one of my favorite more modern styles I’ve seen.

    Thanks for all the tips!

  3. I would rather use natural products too! These are great tips!

    Oh, what is the the source for the gold bamboo mirror?

  4. Hi Kate,

    I love the very soft blue in the bath. That is the color I want to paint our MB. It is so soft, peaceful and relaxing. Could you please provide the source at your convenience?

  5. Hi kate, I a Realtor in Denver and blog at Everyday Edits. I never thought about calling out the hard wired light fixtures. I encourage sellers to update hardware but the entry light is a first impression fixture. Staging is huge! Just spent 30 minutes on your blog! love it! laura

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