Selling Tips a�� Before, During and After

Below are tips to help you in being prepared for the sale of your home.A� These are just suggestions.A� You may find some of these to be obvious although some may not.

When I work with you, I will make myself available for everything from packing up any necessary items to staging your home and arranging and meeting with handymen.A� When you entrust me to sell your home, I offer nothing less than A Personal Touch.


  • Pack and purge any unnecessary items.
  • Check your termite contract.A� Have one in place to avoid any surprises once your house is under contract.
  • Store jewelry or any valuables.
  • a�?De-cluttera�? by packing away any knick-knacks.A� Pack away A? your books on the bookshelves.A� Consider donating books no longer useful to local libraries.A� Preschools can always use books and toys that the kids dona��t use any more.
  • Pack away family photos.A� Buyers love to look at them and not your house.
  • Store unessential furniture.A� Is there a chair in a room that you never sit in?A� Exercise equipment that is not in a designated fitness area?A� These should be stored.
  • Fix dripping faucets or running toilets.
  • Clean out your closets and pack away seasonal coats/clothes not in use.
  • Clean out and organize your linen closet.
  • Have your carpets cleaned or the really dirty one replaced.
  • Have your gutters cleaned.A� Are the downspouts draining away from your foundation?
  • Is your basement damp?A� Purchase a dehumidifier and keep it running.
  • Get your yard in shapea��mulch your beds, plant flowers, trim bushes.A� Well maintained yards help with a positive first impression.A� Remember, pictures go on the internet and prospects will see your home from the exterior and interior.
  • Make sure each and every light has a working light bulb.A� Keep new bulbs handy in case the old ones burn out.
  • Have 2 sets of keys made to all doors that are locked.A� Buyers should be able to access all areas of the home.
  • Have your windows professionally washed—THEY WILL SPARKLE!
  • Have your furnace and/or AC serviced and know the age of these.A�A�A� It is helpful to write when they were purchased on the actual appliance as that is a question buyers will ask.
  • It is assumed that anything screwed into the walls will convey with the sale.A� Make a list of anything you do not want to convey so we can properly disclose them on the listing.


  • Keep the kitchen clean and organized — no dishes in the sink, put away any appliances you can do without (e.g., toaster, blender).A� Remove all magnets and pictures from the refrigerator door and keep the counters spotless.A� Garbage should be taken out daily.
  • Hang up towels in the bathroom and keep them immaculate.
  • Put away clean laundry and pick up the dirty in the laundry room.
  • Make your beds daily and vacuum frequently.
  • Weather permitting, keep a window or two open to let in some fresh air.
  • Mow the lawn as needed.A� If it snows, shovel your path.
  • Dona��t let the newspapers build up.A� Recycle them.
  • Water house plants so they look alive and healthy.
  • Keep the house cool in the warm months.
  • Leave on a few lights if you go out.A� Buyers come at strange times and having lights on is welcoming.A� Keep the front lights on at night as some buyers will drive by in the evening.
  • Be patient.A� Your house may sell immediately or it may take some time.A� Keep a positive attitude.
  • Some agents and buyers will come when you are home.A� You should make your best effort to leave the house when they do.A� Buyers and agents like to speak freely and may not feel that they can do so if you are home.
  • Consider joining me to view the competition in your area.A� You can gain insight on how your home stacks up to others and you may even get some ideas for showing your current home or decorating your next home!


  • Call the utility companies and coordinate your services.A� Visit my web site,, for utility, phone and cable company service numbers or web sites
  • Hire a moving company.
  • Be prepared to let the buyers in once again to measure and get estimates.
  • Hire a cleaning company to clean your house after you move out.
  • Celebrate!