We are ready to sell our home and are there things we should not do?

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We are ready to sell our home and are there things we should not do?  


Most Realtors have a list of all the different things a home seller should do before they place their home on the market in Katy TX. I have thought for many months some folks must not be reading and or paying attention to the list of things to do. Maybe we should go the opposite direction by looking at what not to do. The salient points I will make in my 5 TH blog of my series on Frequently Asked Questions are all based on my own observations during viewing of homes for sale with my buyers. Some are rather unbelievable but all valid.

The items are as follows:

1)    Do not leave valuables in your home. Rent a lock box or place these items in the home of close relatives. The items I am talking about are cash, collectibles, coins, gold or silver, rings, bearer securities, valuable art work, watches, etc. If something ends up missing you should accept part of the blame.

2)    Do not have your family pictures appearing throughout the home. Remove a majority of these pictures as you want potential buyers to image this home to be theirs and not yours.

3)    The counter tops, built in storage, and center island are not a place which should be littered with medicine bottles, mail, empty pizza boxes, newspapers, receipts or any other crap.

4)    Get rid of clutter throughout the home including all the bedrooms.

5)    Take garbage out to the appropriate place and do not store stacked at the back door, garage door and at the fence gate. There is very disgusting and turns all buyers off to the point where they want to leave immediately.

6)     Bad smells are another immediate turn off. Your home should not smell like you butchered a goat and cooked it in the main living area. Try burning good smelling candles and open doors/windows to get rid of these bad odors.

7)    The back of a detached garage should not be a place to store any junk. Buyers when this situation is discovered say to me ‘Who is going to clean up that mountain of total crap”. Don’t put the home on the market until all this stuff is gone from your property.

8)    Bathroom remodeling projects are terrific ideas as long as these efforts are completed. Do not try to fake buyers out by not leaving a means to take shower without flooding the home. Complete the project or don’t start it.

9)    A front yard that looks like the Saharan desert and or a back yard that could have been in a war zone really turn off buyers and are no bueno. Remember curb appeal is important and these the back yard is also very important.


So if You are wanting to sell your home and you are thinking the about the question We are ready to sell our home and are there things we should not do, go back and read by my blog again and answer these items honestly.  


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Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
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Yep! You touched on the main points sellers need to do in preparing their homes for sale, if they don't do any of these things chances are they're leaving money on the table. 

May 19, 2012 09:38 AM #1
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
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Howdy and afternoon Bob

Bob my friend, this sure are outstanding tips which you have gave to folks that will or do have their home listed for sale. Home Sellers all across our Great Country sure can use these here mighty fine tips you have taken the time to post.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

May 19, 2012 09:58 AM #2
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good evening Bob.

Those are great points.

The house will sell faster if the home owner will adopts the above points.

May 19, 2012 11:53 AM #3
Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker
Hello Realty - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM
I love number nine about the front desert look and backyard war zone look! It is all about surround curb appeal! All great tips and very important as the market shifts back to demand and supply.
May 19, 2012 02:19 PM #4
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Bob.   You are right about all these points.    The back yard is rarely discussed but should not be overlooked.  

May 19, 2012 10:09 PM #5
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

We are ready to sell our home and are there things we should not do? 

Good morning Bob - You have provided a good list of should not do's when one get's ready to sell a home.  I hope you enjoy this beautiful Sunday to the fullest and make it count my friend.

May 20, 2012 12:14 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Very good advice for home sellers.  I will post this on my Facebook page.

Have an outstanding week.

May 20, 2012 12:28 AM #7
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Great list, Bob.  Especially don't leave valuables or prescription drugs out where people can see them.  Thanks!

May 20, 2012 03:01 AM #8
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

What a great list - definitely a suggest for this one.

Have a great Sunday.

May 20, 2012 03:06 AM #9
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

And if your little one is a budding artist, it's helpful to remove the crayon murals from the walls and perhaps even all those valuable paintings from the refrigerator. lol

May 21, 2012 09:22 AM #10
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Bob, your number one suggestions has been important in Dallas and Plano this spring.  We had a string of robberies at open houses. The culprit was finally caught in action and charged.

May 24, 2012 03:32 PM #11
Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker
Hello Realty - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Bob, I think this is great advice to sellers, especially your point about not trying to "fake" buyers about anyting!

May 30, 2012 09:32 AM #12
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