1. Clean It – Before you invite agents to your home, Clean it. The home should be vacuumed, picked up and straightened up. Mow the yard and pull the weeds. This may seem like common sense, but I can’t tell you how many dirty un kept homes I go into and folks think they are ready. First impressions count with us too!
  2. Interview Agents – get 2 to 3 opinions of the market values and what an agent will do for you. Ask them for references, google them. Find out if they are who they say they are. Hire experience, it will save you in the long run.
  3. Inspect It – Hire an inspector to inspect the home so you know about issues before they are big issues to a buyer. This eliminates big surprises.
  4. Stage It – Does the realtor have a stager? Did they help you stage it? Living in a home to live verses living in a home to sell are 2 totally different things. Neutralize and opening the home up make it easy for buyers to see themselves in the home.
  5. Fix It – Fix all the little squeaks, fix the drips and loose things, handles are a typical thing. Trim the bushes, oil the garage door grease the hinges. You get the idea.
  6. Price It – After looking at the comparables, price it to sell within 30-45 days. The market does not care what you want. The market will pay what the market shows in value. The realtor should have suggested this price.
  7. Make it easy to show – have a plan for kids and pets. Buyers don’t like to wait. Make your home readily showable. Limitations hurt showings which hurts offers.