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Home sellers - You must do this before listing your home for sale

Real Estate Agent with The Shelhamer Real Estate Group
If you've decided now is the right time to sell your house or condo you're in the right place. The advice you need is in this blog post. The process isn't easy, but it can be simple. The number one piece of advice is to roll up your sleeves and listen to experts. In this article, we're going to teach you how to pick an agent right for you then share tips on how to get your house ready for sale. You want to attract top dollar offers, don't you? Read on. 
It all starts with finding the right Realtor.
Not all agents are created equal. Not all agents are experts in all property types. And not all agents are experts in the neighborhood you own property. If an agent living 45 miles away from the subject property wants to list your home for sale - run the other direction! 
You want to hire an agent who is a neighborhood expert. You want to hire an agent who owns a home and lives in the area. You want to hire an agent that represents buyers and sellers. If you own a single family home, condo, or apartment, you want an agent who is an expert in the residential market. The worst thing you can do is hire your sister-in-law's brother who is a commercial Realtor working out of the area but will offer you a discounted listing fee. 
Hire a local knowledgable Realtor. Hire an agent with good reviews. Hire a Realtor you trust with a proven track record. 
Throw away the trash.
Nobody likes a hoarder. The trash, debris, and bulking items need to find a new home at the dump. Less is more when selling your home. The more space your home appears to have will translate into higher offers and more money in your pocket. 
Take down the framed picture of Aunt Edna.
The next step is packing away all of the personal possessions. Live it for the family reunion. You want the house to be as generic as possible so the prospective buyers can visualize themselves living there. 
Are any repairs or modifications necessary?
Now that the house is decluttered and family portraits are packed away it's time to roll up your sleeves. Are the walls painted a funky color? Are there scuff marks? Any lose fixtures or fittings? Any foul odors? is the landscaping beautiful or does it resemble a junkyard? 
Now is the time your Realtor should help put a punch list together for any modifications or repairs. Your agent should also have handyman and skilled labor referrals if there is any necessary work that should be completed before putting the property for sale on the MLS.
Plants make everyone feel better.
When all else fails, plants, plants, and more plants make almost all rooms more inviting. You should also have a bowl of fruit in the kitchen, a candle in the dining room, or on the mantel, or in the bathroom. Music will help set the mood too. 
When in doubt. Stage the house, baby! 
A professional staging company could create a mood and story through artwork and furniture. This approach will attract the buyer who will pay top dollar. That and a few killer photos and a bit of marketing anyway. 
It's important to remember we're creating the energy, excitement, and environment to attract a wide range of prospective buyers to find the best buyer. Every set of eyes balls should be looking at your house. 
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This article was written by Glenn Shelhamer from Shelhamer Real Estate Group | Realpro Eastside in Los Angeles CA. Find more helpful real estate related blog post articles and follow Glenn's adventures selling homes here.


Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Glenn Shelhamer I can't believe you are suggesting taking aunt Edna's picture down! What is she is a hottie LOL!

Apr 03, 2019 04:07 PM
Sharon Paxson
Sharon Paxson, Realtor® EQTY Forbes Global Properties - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Great article Glenn Shelhamer, thank you for the reference.

Apr 03, 2019 04:10 PM
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Excellent article Glenn Shelhamer!

Apr 03, 2019 05:04 PM
Kyle Hiscock
RE/MAX Realty Group - Rochester, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Realtor®, e-PRO®

Well done Glenn Shelhamer !

Apr 04, 2019 12:31 PM