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Trying To Sell A House? Do This First

By Molly on August 19th, 2011


There are things most homeowners miss when preparing to sell a home. They are simple things. They are easy things.  They are things our System members wish every homeowner did.

1. Paint the front door

You only have one chance to make a first impression (so the saying goes). With that in mind, ask your sellers to paint the front door so the first thing the potential buyer sees, the door, is in perfect condition. Victoria Jacobs, www.century21.ca/bjrothrealty

2. Actually clean your house

Hire professional cleaners to come and make the home sparkle from top to bottom. Encourage the sellers to spend some time decluttering counter tops (especially the kitchen and the bathrooms), cabinets, closets and storage areas to help the space appear larger. If you were selling a car, you would have it detailed and take your stuff out of it, do the same for your house! Brandi Nelson,  www.c21sre.com

3. Get rid of people and animal smells

As potential buyers tour a home, they want to imagine themselves living there, not smell remnants of the wear and tear from the previous owners. Suggest to the sellers that they have the carpets shampooed to remove any dirt, pet odor and/or cigarette smoke. Gillian Weir-Fall, www.c21smokymountain.com

4. Wash the windows

Ensuring potential buyers have a beautiful, clear, unobstructed view out each and every windows is a must. Shiny, dust-free, streak-free windows make the decision to write an offer a crystal clear one. Johanna Daye, www.century21huntoon.com

5. Up the curb appeal

What do a potential buyers see when they approach the seller’s home? The exterior! Cut the lawn, trim the bushes, plant some nice smelling flowers, power wash the entrance walkway, and lay down some fresh stone or wood chips. If the home’s exterior needs a coat of paint, touch it up. Scott Faletti, www.c21pride.com

6. Say cheese! Take great photographs

The seller’s home should be showcased as a merchandised product. In order to sell in today’s highly competitive market, a home has to be shown at its best. Stellar photos allow you to capture greater interest online and through marketing materials. Angela Batchelor, www.sellingyournest.com

Realtors – what do you wish every homeowner did before putting his/her house on the market?


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Molly is a member of the @C21 social media team. When she's not live blogging from conferences or interviewing System members, you can find her reading about interior design, writing restaurant reviews, and imagining what the kitchen will look like in her Parisian dream home.
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5 Responses to "Trying To Sell A House? Do This First"

  1. I suggest that every home owner look at selling their house like they’d sell a car… you would clean out a car & have it detailed before you try to sell it, you should give your house the same attention.

  2. avatar John Hamrick says:

    It is amazing to me that a huge percentage of homes showcased on the MLS follow not one of these suggestions. I realize that these are people’s homes, but an agent has to be firm on these points, including refusing the listing, unless the seller agrees to maximize their ability to actually sell the property.

    If there are home stagers in the area, I have found that the investment pays for itself over and over again, but can be quite the task to get sellers to sign up.

  3. These points are so true! I was house hunting w/a friend
    and most of them were dumps! Of course the price wasn’t
    in the “dump range”!

  4. I like your blog about seller suggestions but the price is not affordable for the customer services i think cheap and best home is the best think of buyer.

  5. avatar Walter Stevens says:

    I’d love to be looking at calgary new homes to buy, but I need to wait until Spring.

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