Selling your Home in Hawaii

Selling your home in Hawaii can be a complex and emotional process. If you feel ready to list your home soon, take a look at some of these steps to start preparing your Hawaii home for sale:

Write up an action plan

To get started, walk around your home with a notebook and take note of everything that needs to be repaired, cleaned and updated. Remember the features that first attracted you to your home and plan ways to enhance them. Decide what your budget is, and make a list of home improvement priorities. By taking this step first, you can put together a nice action plan that will keep you organized and will greatly reduce stress as you prepare to sell your home.

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Enhance your home & property

Consider the following improvements to entice buyers and increase your home’s value:

  • Replace the front door
  • Update kitchen appliances
  • Replace kitchen and bathroom cabinets
  • Replace counter tops

Clean and make repairs

Buyers expect a spotlessly clean home in full working order. Simple things like creaky doors, worn carpet and poorly fitted appliances can turn buyers off and reduce the value of your home by thousands of dollars. As you get ready to list your home, take the time to go through everything that may need to be fixed or replaced.

Replace or repair:

  • Broken windows
  • Leaky roof
  • Leaky gutters and drainpipes
  • Loose floorboards
  • Loose or miss-matched doorknobs
  • Damaged walls
  • Chipped paint
  • Mold spots
  • Broken blinds
  • Leaky faucets
  • Damaged or visibly worn flooring
  • Cracked walkway
  • Broken fences and gates
  • Torn screens


  • Stain and seal the deck
  • Repave, seal or add gravel to driveway
  • Paint interior
  • Stain or paint fencing
  • Mow lawn
  • Prune trees and shrubs
  • Deep clean entire interior of the house

Make a good first impression

To get potential buyers in the door, you’ll first have to enhance your home’s curb appeal. In tropical Hawaii, this means pruning, weeding and landscaping, and making sure the entryway is freshly painted, clean and welcoming. For the interior, prepare for interested buyers by staging the home — either by hiring a professional or doing it yourself.

  • Replace the welcome mat
  • Put away all personal items, collections and anything else that clutters the house
  • Turn on lamps and lights
  • Pick up any fallen fruit in the yard
  • Stage the home with tasteful decorative candles, pillows and houseplants
  • Weed garden beds, plant flowers
  • Get rid of spiderwebs, gecko droppings and wasp nests

Selling your home isn’t easy, but with proper preparation, and a good local realtor, you can make selling your home in Hawaii fast, painless and profitable.

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