Five Step Plan When Listing Your House For Sale

Real Estate Agent with Classic Realty Realtor

Here is a simple Five Step Plan When Listing Your House For Sale.

Step One: Say "Good Bye" to clutter! How much clutter you have, really depends on how you've dealt with it thru the years. Here is the good news: You can take what you have and donate it, sell it or simply box it and store it. Your home must be de-cluttered.

Step Two: Get out the rubber gloves, cleaning supplies and clean your house. A clean home will help make the right impression. Some people will even employ a Maid Service. If you yourself are doing the work, while cleaning, care for things like refrigerators, laundry rooms, kitchen cabinets and drawers and especially bathrooms.

Step Three: Sometimes we lack time for painting so try to get rid of marks on walls with a good cleaning solution or remember, someone a long time ago invented a Paint Brush.

Step Four: You need proper lighting. Suitable lighting is a huge plus when marketing your home. I generally recommend hiring professional window cleaners to clean screens and windows. You can do it yourself, but if you are like me, there will always be some streaks you didn't count on when the sun comes up the next morning.

Step Five: Think about drive bys and what people see. This means your lawn must be mowed and kept that way throughout the marketing period. All landscaping must compliment your house. Freshen up your decks, patios and the like. Don't forget some flower pots on the deck.

Burrows Rule To Follow:
Bake cookies, chocolate chip cookies
when you know there is going to be a showing. There is nothing like the aroma of something that smells good in the house when Buyers come knocking on your door.


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John & Irma Nelson
San Antonio Real Estate Broker/Agent with Get It Sold Realty - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio Real Estate Agents - San Antonio Homes

Great List (especially the cookies!). 

Aug 19, 2012 04:52 AM #1
Jon K. Judd
Keller Williams Realty - Central Delaware - Dover, DE
GRI, e-PRO, SFR, Delaware Homes

Good post David, with good ideas.  It's amazing how much clutter one collects during the years.  Stuff that probably hasn't been touched for months or longer.  Others are so used to the inside of their home that they just don't see the "dirt"... that is there.  The cookie idea I like, but I liked it too much.... by the time the first client showed up, most of the cookies were already gone. (Mmmm)

Aug 19, 2012 05:12 AM #2
Cameron Novak
The Homefinding Center - Corona, CA
Featured Corona Real Estate Agent Team

Just let me know where the chocolate chip cookies are... I'll be over to "view the home" shortly.  ;-)

Aug 19, 2012 07:55 AM #3
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

These are some great EASY tips to help put your best foot forward when selling a home. (Side note, I responded to your comment on my blog...I think you have a Sweet Frog in Fair Oaks Mall and one in Brambleton!)

Aug 19, 2012 08:10 AM #4
Robert L. Brown - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic

All very good tips David. The aroma of the cookies permeating through the house has gotten me hungry.

Aug 19, 2012 09:17 AM #5
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

David, such great tips for sellers preparing their home for sale.    If sellers think we are hard on them, they should hear the buyers!

Aug 21, 2012 11:07 AM #6
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Very professional article David! Thanks for sharing

Aug 23, 2012 01:16 AM #7
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