Preparing Your House For Sale - Part 2

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Real Estate Agent with Classic Realty Realtor

If you were unable to read Part One of this Two Part Series, you can follow this link: Preparing Your House For Sale - Part 1.  For now, here is the final step by step approach to getting your house listed and on the Market. We begin with number six.

6. Pay attention to curb appeal
You need to trim shrubs, pull weeds, shovel snow in the winter, replace or paint the old rusty mailbox and much more to have decent curb appeal. Ask some friends to drive by when you are finished and to give you their honest opinion on your curb appeal. By the way, don't forget the roof when thinking about curb appeal. Here is a previous post on the subect of roof stains.....

7. Consider having a pre-home inspection and purchase a home warranty for the next buyer
While this isn't by any means a mandate, it can tell the prospective buyer you believe in the product - your house - that you are selling.

8. Disappear while your house is being shown
Please get lost when your house is being shown. I was showing a house the other evening and the homeowner was there. She became offended when my clients were opening cupboard doors to check out the condition of the cabinets. We left sooner than usual and I can assure you, my client isn't purchasing that property.

9. Set a Realistic price
Books have been written on this subject. As for me, I will NEVER accept a listing of a house that is over priced. Besides, in many instances the house will have to appraise at market value in order to finance.

10. Employ the services of a Realtor® rather than endeavoring to sell the house yourself
The statistics are out there. Realtors® are very successful at selling houses. This is what we do and I would love to help you sell your home.

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Rainmaker
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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David,

           GReat blog and I have suggested! I hope people listen to this advice you should never be home when your property is being shown! Correct. I hope you are having a good week!

Apr 22, 2013 08:53 AM #1
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
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David, price it right and don't stay home for showings and the house will go under contract soon! The sooner that happens the sooner sellers will get a break from showing appointments!
Apr 22, 2013 09:36 AM #2
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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We have a home inspection done, on every home that we flip, before it goes on the market to make sure we haven't missed anything. It saves a lot of time and energy.

Apr 22, 2013 07:34 PM #3
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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David, sellers should heed your advice, as it will help the smooth listing into a firm contract!

Apr 23, 2013 09:57 AM #4
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

David,  This is great advice that every seller is well advised to do.  Many say they will leave if they are home when their home is shown ... and don't.  They do not realize their "innocent" conversation with the potential buyer and agent can harm them. 

Apr 23, 2013 02:19 PM #5
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