How to Sell Your San Diego Home without a Realtor - Day 3

Real Estate Broker/Owner with SD Home Source Realty BRE #01363537

How to Sell Your San Diego Home without a RealtorOK, may think this is so obvious it's hardly worth mentioning.  Today's fsbo home seller tip is to clean, clean, and clean again.


I guarantee you that no matter how clean you think your home is, someone else is likely to experience it differently. Like people, homes have a minute or two to make a good first impression Everything from the exterior of the home, the walk-way to the front door, the entrance, the smells, the all creates a first impression, even before the buyer has fully seen the home!


After showing hundreds of homes in my career, I can tell you that there are little things you probably don't notice when you live in a place. Common areas that are overlooked by residents and cleaners alike: window sills, base boards, shower tracks and shower curtains, ceiling lights, and appliances!  If buyers open your cupboards and closets (and they do), what will they find in your house?  Neatly organized items or a bit of chaos? In my own closets, I have a bit of both.


All of these things form impressions in the buyer's mind, not only of whether they like the property, but how well it's maintained, and how much they will offer you for the home. Consider the appearance, smells, lighting, clean surfaces, and an overall organized impression.


I strongly encourage you to have a full move-in/move out cleaning done to your home. These cost a lot but include things that you may not do on a regular basis. One good session of a few hours will help prepare you for your showings.


Tomorrow, we'll talk about staging and other important presentation items for your home. Stay tuned!


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Comments (3)

Leisa Wilcox
RE/MAX Homes and Estates | Lipman Group - Nashville, TN
Residential Real Estate in Nashville TN

You are so right! You think that cleaning is an obvious tip...but how often this is unheeded. Love your tips!

Jan 04, 2018 09:46 AM
Golden1 Agents
San Mateo, CA

Thank you for sharing this.

Jan 07, 2018 06:58 AM