20 Tips for Selling Your House

As a homeowner, you can play an important part in the timely sale of your property. When you take the following steps, you’ll help Cindy and Marty sell your home faster, at the best possible price.

Call us first - before you're ready to list.  We can provide no-cost and low-cost suggestions to help you prepare your home.   

  1. Your Mom was right!  First Impressions matter!

    A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted – or at least freshly scrubbed – front door. If it’s autumn, rake the leaves. If it’s winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home, the better.

  2. Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends

    Here’s your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Fresh wallpaper adds charm and value to your property. If you’re worried about time, hire professional cleaners or painters to get your house ready. Remember, prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look "with a little work."

  3. Check Faucets and Bulbs

    Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks, and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs or faulty wiring leave prospects in the dark. Don’t let little problems detract from what’s right with your home.

  4. Don’t Shut Out a Sale

    If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect’s mind. Don’t try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing.

  5. Think Safety

    Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non-perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors.

  6. Make Room for Space

    Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They’re looking for storage space, too. Make sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items.

  7. Consider Your Closets

    The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Now’s the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.

  8. Make Your Bathroom Sparkle

    Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For added allure, display your best towels, mats, and shower curtains.

  9. Create Dream Bedrooms

    Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture. Comfy bedspreads and fresh curtains are a plus.

  10. Light and Bright

    Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.  Then turn on the lights, even in the daytime.  It will give your home that model home look and it will allow an agent to focus on highlights of the home, not on scrambling to find light switches.

  11. Leave for showings whenever possible

    Potential buyers often feel like they're intruding when they enter a home filled with people.  Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they're likely to rush through. 

  12. Secure or remove pets for showings

    Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you're showing your home. Many buyers have allergies or fears of pets that can dampen their enthusiasm for your home.  Do your best to eliminate any visual reminders or odors that might discourage prospective buyers.
  13. Don't Turn Your Home into a Second-Hand Store

    When prospects come to view your home, don't distract them with offers to sell furnishings you no longer need. You may lose the biggest sale of all. 

  14. Defer to Experience

    When friends, neighbors or passers by request information about the sale of your home,  it's best to pass those inquiries along to us.  We will be prepared to answer any questions about your home, the buying process, and questions about financing, all without compromising any confidential information about you and your home sale situation. 

  15. Keep you and your Family Safe

    Our showing systems are designed to provide security to your home and family.  By ensuring that all showings are scheduled through our office, you'll appreciate the results!