Seller Tips

It is a major decision to sell your home. It is my goal to make the sale of your home quick, easy, and profitable. I am dedicated to providing you with excellence, professionalism, and all the marketing tools necessary for a successful and positive real estate experience. Here are some tips to help with the selling process.

First Impressions Can Make the Sale Image HereTOP of page

You must prepare your property for sale to be successful. First impression often makes the difference between finding the right buyer and showing your home to many browsers.
Place yourself in the buyers' position when looking over your property. Sometimes the smallest improvements make the biggest impact.

Here are a few Tips.

Living Areas

  • Paint in white and neutrals if redecorating to sell
  • Clean fireplace
  • Keep pets away from visitors during all showings
  • Wash windows and replace broken glass
  • Paint in white and neutrals if redecorating to sell
  • Keep draperies open and window shades up to brighten the rooms.
  • Check ceilings for leak stains
  • Be sure every light switch works
  • Replace burned out light bulbs
  • Keep all televisions turned off
  • Tidy up the closets
  • Lubricate any sticking or squeaking doors
  • Discard items now that your are planning to disposed of later
  • All windows should be in working order, and open and close


  • To brighten, paint cabinets or put up new curtains
  • Keep counters clean and uncluttered
  • Leave a pleasant smelling aroma in the kitchen

Basement, Attic, Garage

  • Tidy up the mess
  • Keep stairways and entryways well lit
  • Ventilate or dehumidify the basement
  • Keep the basement bright with new paint or lighting
  • Repair cracks in floors and walls
  • Stack items against the walls neatly


  • Remove stains from toilets, bathtubs and sinks
  • Repair faucets and toilets
  • Put up new curtains if needed
  • Keep sinks and mirrors shining
  • Keep fresh linens in the bathroom
  • Use a deodorizer in the bathroom area
  • Replace old caulking around the bathtubs


  • Trim over-grown shrubbery and keep lawn mowed
  • Invest in landscaping where it can be seen at first sight
  • Paint your house if needed
  • Repaint front shutters, window frames, and front door if needed
  • Inspect and repair roof and gutters as needed
  • In winter, walkways should be free of snow and ice
  • Place flowers outside of the front door
What Affects the Market Value of Your Home? Image HereTOP of page

These are a few of the factors that determine the value of your property.


  • Location is usually the single greatest factor affecting home value. Urban or rural settings, quality of school districts, and local amenities are just some of the determining factors of location.


  • Buyers will compare your property against the other properties being offered in the market place, and the recent history of what similar homes sold for.


  • The current real estate market conditions often reflect either a buyers' or sellers' market, which are determined largely by supply and demand.
  • Market conditions cannot be manipulated; therefore, your individually marketing plan must be developed accordingly to the market conditions.


  • Property condition affects price and speed of the sale.
  • Well maintained property will maximize the perceived value of the property.
Value is in the Eye of the Beholder Image HereTOP of page

Determining the list price is the most important component when putting a home on the market. Setting the price too high can discourage prospective buyers and could prolong time on the market, making your home seem less desirable. Pricing the home too low will result in losing money on your investment. Many factors contribute to a home's value, including location and market value. A Realtor can help you arrive at a fair market price.

Here are several methods used to accurately determine a home's value.

  • Comparative Market Analysis. A Realtor can provide a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA). This report helps establish the relative value of your home by comparing homes in your area that are currently on the market and recently sold properties with similar characteristics. Comparables include neighborhood, number of bedrooms and baths, lot size and certain amenities, such as pool, sauna, shed, etc.
  • Home Appraisal. For a fee, a professional appraiser will appraise determine your home's value. Appraisers research the current market value of similar homes in your area, taking into account fluctuations in the real estate market through researching previous sales and tax records of the home sold in your local area.
  • Home Buyers. Ultimately, it is the buyers that determine the actual value of your home. This value can vary, depending on supply and demand in the local home market. Both a CMA and an appraiser help sellers to find out market ranges for a home's listing price, but no two homes are exactly alike and therefore no two homes will sell for the exact same price.
Why Work With a Realtor®? Image HereTOP of page

Here are several reasons for working with a professional Realtor to sell your home:

  • Realtors will provide you with a current Competitive Market Analysis and will assist you in determining the most effective list price for your property.
  • Realtors will place your property on the Multiple Listing Service and promote your property.
  • Realtors will make information on your property available to local and out-of-town buyer prospects.
  • Realtors will present you with a custom marketing plan for your property.
  • Realtors are familiar with the process of selling a home and will answer your questions.
  • Realtors can set up appointments for potential buyers to see your homes.
  • Realtors can develop a plan to attract buyers to your property.
  • Realtors keep you informed on the progress of your purchase agreement.
  • Realtors will assist you when completing the paperwork when accepting an offer.
  • Realtors will prepare a negotiation strategy.
  • They will be there at closing to answer your questions and make sure everything runs smoothly.
Choosing a Realtor® Image HereTOP of page

It is important to select a Realtor you are comfortable with, since you will spend a fair amount of time with your Realtor during the home searching progress. Here are a few tips when choosing a Realtor.

  • Do they return your phone calls promptly?
  • Do they explain your questions clearly?
  • Do they ask you questions to determine what you want or need in a property?
  • Do they seem knowledgeable about the community?
  • Do they answer questions regarding financing?
  • Do they assist in a financial analysis to help you determine how much you can afford?
  • Do you feel comfortable spending time with them?