10 Real Estate "Thou Shalt Nots"...Sellers DO NOT Do This!

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What are the 10 Commandments of Selling your home or Thou Shalt Nots of Real Estate? There are things we learn in the real estate business on what not to do and as well as to do when selling a home.


Here are my top Thou Shalt Nots for a Seller to get top dollar for their home. Do not do these! By the way, these are all easy things to actually do and do not involve large amounts if any cash. A home seller that follows these 10 Thou Shalt Nots will have a home that SMILES and sells at a higher price. A home that does not SMILE sells for less.


What should you remember "To Do" which will help with the "Not To Dos"? Keep in mind, if you are on a date or introducing yourself SMILE, make the other person like you. Who can not help smiling back at a smiling baby?  The other person is likely to SMILE back if you SMILE. Same with your home, make your home SMILE!


Make your home SMILE by NOT doing these BAD things. If you are tempted to do any of these have someone in your family coached to say to you: NO NO! BAD BAD! Don't Do it!


Home Selling 10 Commandments: Thou Shalt Nots or No Nos... In listing pictures and also when preparing for Buyers see your home


Thou Shalt Not:


1. Do NOT Leave Toilet Seatus Up. Close all toilet seats. Repeat after me.....CLOSE ALL TOILET SEATS!

2. Do NOT leave a dirty house. When you leave the house wash dishes, pick up clothes, dust and vaccum.

Clutter real estateThou Shalt Not leave a messy house when it is for sale. One must always be expecting showings. Photo: (Pixabay)


3. Do NOT lock rooms where all of the junk is stored (if you have junk to hide better to put in garage with a blanket over it)

4.  Do NOT forget to mow lawn and cut weeds down. Come on folks make the place look somewhat inviting

5.  Do NOT forget to remove all personal items off bathroom counters. No razors, medicines, deodorant, used bars of soap, tweezers, contact lens cases etc. Same can be said for kitchen counters

6. Do NOT forget to remove or hide all pet toys and food dishes and bags of pet food. If at all possible take pet with you for a showing rather than leave in a cage, locked room or roaming the backyard making buyers hesitant to go outside

7. Do Not avoid replacing old rusty scratched front door knobs or handles. Yikes this is not expensive. Put your best foot forward with a shiny new door knob door handle and lock that opens like butter! The new ones look great.

old door knob

                        Replace old this door knob with a nickel finish. Yikes! This in inexpensive!


8. Do NOT be lazy and remove non working vehicles from front of home and in driveway. Helps to show your home off the best possible way.

9. Do NOT be cheap and avoid cleaning or replace carpets that have huge stains (pet or other stains)

10. Do NOT forget to take out extra furniture. Do you have furniture covering every available space or wall in your home? Remove as much as you can to a storage area or garage. Makes the home look much larger and allows buyers to imagine their furniture in your home. Do not leave excess and/or broken or old worn out garden furniture on front porch or in the yard.


Thou Shalt....Make Your Home SMILE!


Well there you have it. There are many more home Thous Shalt Nots and No Nos but his will give you an idea from my personal list. Make your home SMILE and the Buyers will SMILE with you.


Home Smile

             Follow the 10 Commandments and make your home SMILE and Buyers will SMILE back


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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Agents who take over priced listings give the wrong expectation to the seller. Before the toilet seats are down, the declutter and making the place shine bright and attractive to flirt with real estate buyers. Check the price. Because without a realistic one lined up with the current market value. Without the full throttle far reaching marketing to go with it. Well, the best of housekeeping is wasted Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI . 

May 17, 2019 02:53 AM #1
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I agree with your "thou shall nots"! A little extra work goes a long way to getting a home sold.

May 17, 2019 03:38 AM #2
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

It is so important to properly prepare and present when selling a house. Great tips for sellers, Jeffrey!

May 17, 2019 06:08 AM #3
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Great list of shall not!  I cringe when I see toilet seats up in pictures!

May 17, 2019 06:40 AM #4
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

A smiling home is a happy home - buyers will notice that!

May 17, 2019 08:25 AM #5
Stephen Turner
Gemcraft Homes (TriCorner Realty) - York, PA

Great list. Sometimes it's these simple little things that really do set the tone of the entire showing!

May 17, 2019 09:42 AM #6
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Lifetime Friend/Helper!

Good set of advisories Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI .  Then you have sellers who say it's AS IS where is, when they know better.

May 17, 2019 10:11 AM #7
Jana Schmidt
John L. Scott Renton - Renton, WA
Jana L. Schmidt

I especially love the new door knob, it's always awkward when the rusty door lock won't open and you can just see buyer's anxiety rise as they ponder what else has been neglected. I refer to the hardware as house jewelry, and just like you don't want to go to prom wearing old custome jewelry, you need to jazz your home up with some bling. 

May 17, 2019 04:37 PM #9
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

This is a terrific list of pretty obvious stuff that we often see in homes for sale. Every seller should see this, and follow it.

Making sure that front door and key work well is so important and when they don't buyers are immediately given a bad impression..and they aren't even IN the house yet!


May 17, 2019 04:41 PM #10
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Roger Wilco on the door hardware Jeff Dowler, CRS. Jeff 

May 17, 2019 05:15 PM #11
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

A great List to include when meeting with prospective Sellers.  We could call it: What Not to do If You Don't Really Want to Sell Your House!

May 17, 2019 06:07 PM #12
Raul Rodriguez
Covenant Partners Realty - San Antonio, TX
Looking out for the client's interest and not my p

If you want the best price for your home, it's best to put in the most effort.

May 18, 2019 04:28 AM #13
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

This is a great list of commandments.  They seem obvious, but time and again I see the commandments being broken.

May 18, 2019 05:35 AM #14
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Now all that is left is to practice them OR agent-up and relax & enjoy the sale

May 18, 2019 05:37 AM #15
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI - Congrats on gold star! One more "Do Not" I would add to the bathroom is - Do not leave meds Rx in plain sight or easy to get to.  Lock them up. 

May 18, 2019 05:41 AM #16
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I love this list of "thou shalt nots". Makes you laugh, but is it ever the truth!

May 18, 2019 06:48 AM #17
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Great points, thanks for sharing!!!

These are all easy things to actually do and do not involve large amounts if any cash. A home seller that follows these 10 Thou Shalt Nots will have a home that SMILES and sells at a higher price. A home that does not SMILE sells for less.

May 18, 2019 09:35 AM #18
Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy

A great list of easily accomplished tasks that can help a seller achieve their goal.


May 21, 2019 12:06 PM #19
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