What are the most important things I should do to prepare my house to sell?

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First, call a REALTOR to do a walk through. Even if you're not planning to sell for months, it's good to have a professional show you what to do, what not to do, and where to get the most bang for your buck. In the meantime, declutter and depersonalize. If you don't use it every day, pack it up. You'll have to pack it to move anyway. Remove family photos. Buyers want to see themselves living there and not feel like they’re invading your space. Keep countertops and tabletops clear. You'll feel like you have nothing in your house but that's good. We want to show off your property, not your stuff.

Meet the Expert

Whether representing the buyer or seller, Jeanna Callahan focuses on writing competitive offers and being a fierce negotiator, while working tirelessly on behalf of her clients. Callahan uses her network of professionals, understanding of current market values, knowledge of how various loan types function to help get her clients to the closing table. Callahan views her role in the process not as a sales person but rather a negotiator and problem solver.

Callahan has the following awards, accolades, and achievements:


Century 21 International Production Awards
• Top 3 Agents in Missouri – 2019  
• Top Agent in Springfield Metropolitan Area – 2019, 2017, 2013, 2012
• Diamond Award for Production – 2016-2020 
• Masters Award for Production – 2014 & 2015
• Emerald Award for Production – 2013
• Ruby Award for Production – 2012 


Century 21 Pinnacle Quality Service Award – 2012-2017 



Founder & President – Killuminati Foundation 2008 – Present


Women’s Council of Realtors Member – 2011 – Present


Springfield Professionals Leadership Team – 2011 – Present 

Most Influential Women, Springfield Business Journal – 2020 


Director of Education & Programs – 2018

President of Women's Council of Realtors of Southwest Missouri – 2017  


Featured in Be the Boss Magazine – 2011   


417 Magazine's Top 20 Under 30 – 2010 

Springfield Business Journal's Entrepreneur of the Year Honoree – 2009 

Callahan grew up in the northwest Chicago suburbs and moved to the Springfield area in 1999. She is a Missouri State University graduate and started her career as a recruiting director staffing a site achieving $100+ million in annual sales.

In 2008 she started Killuminati Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit offering veterinary assistance to dogs and their families in Missouri. The organization also partners with rescue groups to promote adoption and the importance of spay/neuter.