Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts When Listing Your Charlotte Home

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Top 10 List of Do’s and Don’ts When Listing Your Charlotte Home for Sale

If you’re thinking of listing your Charlotte home for sale, you’re probably thinking about what you must do to do to get it SOLD.  Here is our top 10 list of do’s and don’ts when listing your Charlotte home for sale:

Do’s when listing your Charlotte home for sale

  • How to get that OOPS Too Late Sign in Your Charlotte yardDO clean and de-clutter.  What may look like a normal, lived-in to you may not be appealing to your potential buyers.
  • DO check your home for ‘general’ maintenance work that needs to be addressed and take care of it NOW.  I suggest to my sellers to have a pre-inspection done BEFORE you list your home for sale.  Things like replacing broken or worn hinges, tightening doorknobs, etc. are little things that buyers are going to notice.  I know I sound like a broken record but, put yourself in the shoes of the buyer–they will think, “If the seller hasn’t taken care of the little things, what about the BIG things?   Address it now so when the buyer has their inspection, the list will be very short!
  • DO repair sheetrock cracks and water stains from previous leaks.  You don’t want to give potential buyers the idea that you still have plumbing or roof issues.
  • DO take the time to stage your Charlotte home for sale.  This can significantly shorten the time it takes to sell, as well as raise the asking price.
  • DO hire a professional Realtor® who also hires a professional photographer to snap pictures of every room of your house.

Don’ts when listing your Charlotte home for sale

  • DON’T spend a lot of money on major upgrades unless you have to.  While you may have to replace a water heater that’s on its last leg, you don’t have to replace the carpet if cleaning it alone will revive it.
  • DON’T be stuck on your price.  The Charlotte real estate market is ever-changing.  Having a set price may make your home become ‘stale’ on the market.
  • DON’T use an ‘online’ estimate service or your tax appraisal to determine your home’s value.  Your real estate agent will compare your home to those in the neighborhood that have sold, to give you a FAR more accurate estimate.
  • DON’T go heavy on the smelly stuff!  So many sellers use plug-ins or heavily-scented sprays to clear pet or cooking odors from their home.  The best thing to do is boil an apple with some cinnamon just before a showing.  It makes your ‘guests’ feel at home and is not offensive to your guests.
  • DON’T be the elephant in the room; meaning, don’t be at home when your buyers come to tour it.  Vacate the property during showings–it is NEVER wise to be there to ‘show‘ the home.  If you are present, it causes them to feel that they need to move through your home quickly, which drastically reduces the chance of them buying your home.

Preparing and putting up your Charlotte home for sale can be a difficult task, especially if you’ve lived there for a long time.  However, following these tips can help make the process a little easier.

Thinking of selling your Charlotte home?  I can help you prepare it for the market so that it sells faster and for more money.  Call me today at (704) 491-3310 or email me at

©Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts When Listing Your Charlotte Home for Sale

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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Debbie,

Excellent tips on how to make a Charlotte Home listed with Debe Maxwell get an offer very quickly!!

Jan 24, 2013 11:19 AM #1
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Another great idea Debe.  These are some perfect Do's and Don'ts for selling your home!

Jan 24, 2013 11:34 AM #2
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Debbie, Great tips on do's and don'ts when selling a house. Those thinking about selling their Charlotte home should contact Debe Maxwell.

Jan 24, 2013 11:42 AM #3
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Thanks Dorie!  That's the goal--quick sale, TOP dollar!

Thank you, Brenda!  Of course, I come up with a new list each week but, for this week, these are TOPS!

Beth, thanks so much!

Happy Friday everyone!

Jan 24, 2013 11:42 AM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


This is a comprehensive list of all the things sellers should do, and not do. I think the pre-inspection is becoming more important these days. The phrase "price war and beauty contest" remains as true as ever.


Jan 24, 2013 11:43 AM #5
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Debe - A Great list of things to give sellers guidlines so that they will know where they stand and what to expect.

Jan 24, 2013 11:46 AM #6
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

Debe - great tips for homeowners who want to sell their home in the quickest time for the best price.

The elephant in the room  .....  what a great way to put it.  :)

Jan 24, 2013 12:03 PM #7
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Debe, this is great advice for people who are selling in any city! 

Jan 24, 2013 12:41 PM #8
Samantha Smith
214.422.0729 - Rowlett, TX
Sam I Am Houses, Simply Texas Real Estate

Great list Debe! and again ... I LOVE your Sold Sign!!!

Jan 24, 2013 02:03 PM #9
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


Compliance to this list would certainly put a seller in a great any market.


Jan 24, 2013 06:27 PM #10
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thanks for the tips. Anyone looking to sell their home in Charlotte should call you.

Jan 24, 2013 08:52 PM #11
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

That's a great list Debbie.  All sellers should read this before listing their home.  Thanks for sharing.                              

Jan 24, 2013 08:54 PM #12
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debe, excellent tips for homeowners wishing to sell. I had to chuckle about the elephant in the room.

Jan 24, 2013 09:15 PM #13
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author


Yes to all these things and more......... OR....Just call Debbie and she will see to it all...

Jan 24, 2013 10:10 PM #14
Ridhi Raheja
Movement Mortgage (Illinois) - Naperville, IL
FHA, 203k, VA, Jumbo, PreApproval, Jumbo Home Loan

Hi Debe, I totally agree with your tips.. This is an excellent post! 

Jan 24, 2013 11:13 PM #15
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Debe - This is an excellent do and don't list for ALL sellers.

Jan 25, 2013 02:56 AM #16
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

He Debe - extremely important and timely advice for anyone selling their home  - in Charlotte or anywhere!

Jan 25, 2013 06:27 AM #17
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Jeff, pre-inspections are a MUST--even on newer homes!

Janis, it's always nice to be prepared, isn't it?!

Virginia, I've had sellers do this and they always say something to the buyers that takes away their negotiating power--ALWAYS!  It's just not a wise financial decision to be the elephant in the room--among other reasons!

Patricia, you're right!  It's an across-the-board post for sellers!

Samantha, I just had someone contact me that they are tired of seeing our 'Oops too late' signs and want to list with us since their home hasn't sold!  I love those signs too and so do my sellers!

Rich, that's so true!  We are blessed with good sellers who are very compliant!

Gita, thank you!  I hope you're having a great beginning to the New Year!

Jared, thank you!  It does apply to sellers across America!

Michael, Thanks!  Hey, if it makes them pay attention... ;-)

Richie, Thank you!  And, most of them DO listen, thankfully!

Ridhi, thanks!  Glad you agree!

Michelle, Thanks and yes, it's a very generic post--everyone can benefit from it, no matter where they live!

Wayne & Jean, Thanks!  Hope it helps your sellers too!

Jan 25, 2013 08:13 AM #18
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Hi Debe,

This is a simple and informative blog to help Charlotte home sellers. I love tip #10, don't be an elephant in the room. Charlotte home buyers and sellers call Debe Maxwell for expert Real Estate advice today!

Feb 07, 2013 11:56 AM #20
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