Top 5 Tips for Selling Your Home

Real Estate Agent with Buyer's Edge Company Inc


 How To Sell Your Home Quickly

Advice from an Exclusive Buyers Agent


1. Paint the interior walls a neutral color - If you want to make your house as appealing as possible to potential buyers, paint walls beige or off an off white color. And take the time to do it right! Take the switch plates and outlet covers off BEFORE you paint the wall.

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This picture shows what NOT to do before painting a wall. In the remarks section of the listing description for this house, it read,  "all rooms freshly painted!" They were painted all right but it looked like a very cheap job and my client walked out because she didn't want to deal with fixing the poor paint job. 

2. Pull up old stained or worn carpet - Let buyers see what is under the carpet. If it's plywood, consider offering credit for new flooring or installing new carpet. Again, if you choose to install new carpet, go with a neutral color that will appeal to most potential home buyers.

3. Spruce up the exterior and clean up yard debris - First impressions matter. When a buyer pulls up to your house, what do they see? A tidy yard with clean gutters, trimmed trees, and an attractive front porch? Consider replacing an old dated front door and the locks. Using fill dirt, fill in any low spots around the perimeter of the house. Caulk any exterior areas where water could get into the basement. In other words, get the curb appeal going and you're halfway to the finish line! 

4. Clean your bathroom and kitchen!! - One of the biggest turn-offs for buyers is a dirty bathroom or kitchen. It's one thing if you're an investor and expecting to see the worst but in a typical home for sale, the bathroom and kitchen should be spotless. It's okay if there are signs that people live there, but I'm referring to the greasy stoves and hoods, dirty microwaves, stained and dirty countertops. You get the idea. 

5. Get a home inspection - The buyer is going to hire a professional who will examine all the major systems, plumbing, electrical etc so why not know what's coming? In fact, if you hire an inspector, you can take care of issues before they come up later when they could possibly jeopardize a deal. The price of a home inspection will vary depending on the square footage of your home and what is included in the inspection. ie: radon, termite, well & septic, pool


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Victoria Henderson is Vice President & Associate Broker with Buyer's Edge, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Realtor in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. Victoria is a certified Military Relocation Professional 



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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope 2019 is a great year for you.

Jan 14, 2019 03:47 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

All excellent tips, Victoria. And most of these things are not all the difficult to do or even that expensive.

Jan 14, 2019 04:59 AM #2
Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

Hi Nina Hollander and you are so right! My buyer would have seriously considered buying this house if it wasn't for the awful paint job, missing shoe molding and dirty kitchen. Just a little more effort would have made all the difference. Always good to see you here and on LinkedIn

Jan 16, 2019 03:23 PM #3
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