How To Make Your House Sizzle & Sell

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"If someone as blessed as I am is not willing

to clean out the barn, who will?" ---Ross Perot

In memory of Ross Perot (7/27/1930 - 7/19/19), a man who loved to ride horses in Dallas and clean out barns. He ran an independent

presidential campaign in 1992 and lost, Billionaire, Owner of EDS in Plano, TX, Philantropist, served in the US Military, an Advocate

for Vietnam POW Veterans, organized & rescued two
EDS employees imprisoned in Iran 





Tips to List, Sizzle & Sell


Lights - Your home is the showroom! Keep it bright! Keep it Clean!


Cleaning - Hire a professional Cleaning Company to do a deep clean. If you must clean yourself, use vinegar and water following the correct instructions. 


Sizzle Safely! - Make sure electrical wires are not a hazard. If you're having a problem with electricity, please contact an Electrician to make repairs. 


Kitchen Appliances - Follow manufacturer cleaning instructions. Newer products may require different product than Grandma used years ago. 


Plants - Remove all dead leaves and wilted plants inside and outside. Fresh new mulch makes a big difference.

Ceiling fans - Clean fan blades and change light bulbs. 


Potpourri and Candles - Is a no, no.


Clean Window, Screens, Sills & Window Treatments - Light catches everything and buyers notice everything too. 


Clean Wall Plates, Ceilings, and Baseboards - The buyer's eyes are upon them. 


Stains - Repair all leaks and remove stains or disclose! Disclose! Disclose!


Mirrors - Where there is a mirror there is a face. Keep mirrors clean.


Cats - If your cat loves catnip, give it a catnip treat to keep it rested and less stressed. Make sure the litter box is always clean. When in doubt, consult with your Vet. Vet's & cat owners know best.


Taming of the Dog - No matter how well behaved, dogs are protectors. How they behave when owners are present are not the same when strangers come inside. Safely remove or kennel during showings. Make sure pet bowls are clean and/or out of sight. 


Bathrooms - Although sellers would hope nobody actually uses their bathrooms, it happens. Bathrooms ARE real property and come with the house. Remove all medications, any waste in wastepaper baskets, clean toilet, shower, tub, sink, mirrors, vanity tops, and if under the sink is cluttered, please declutter. "Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors." --- Charlie Rich


Floors - Laminate and water don't mix. Make sure all floors are cleaned using manufacturer instructions. 


Soap - Remove any soap scum on sinks, tubs, and shower doors.


Closets - When closets are stuffed, clothes can't breathe. It may be psychological, but neither do buyers. 


Weather is a factor - On hot summer days, cooler houses are more comfortable. On colder days in winter, warmer houses are more comfortable. When it's rainy, have doormats and if plastic shoe covers are needed, if possible, have them available. Our brains react to the weather.  

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Dinah Stallworth-Lewis
Priority Real Estate LLC - 800.978.4847 - Natchitoches, LA


These are great tips for Sellers when listings their home.  And, what a nice to tribute to  H. Ross Perot.  May he rest in peace.  Gone but never forgotten.  

Jul 14, 2019 06:27 PM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Patricia- what an apt quote!!!!  It was one I had not ever seen. 

Jul 14, 2019 07:00 PM #2
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI, MRP

This is a great checklist for sellers to use. I really like your thoughtful recognition of Ross Perot. He was a Texan's Texan and will be missed. 

Jul 14, 2019 08:03 PM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Patricia... can't think of anything to add to this stellar list, except maybe to dust off and clean off cobwebs from the front door! So many people come in through their garages, they have no clue what their front door looks like.

I was always a big fan of Ross Perot... a true American success story to inspire us all. And I love how he never "apologized" for himself.

Jul 15, 2019 05:09 AM #4
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia your suggestions are all easy things to do, and can make a world of difference.

Jul 15, 2019 06:58 AM #5
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Patricia and Thank You for a great blog and also a quote from Ross.  Can I reblog this some time.


Jul 15, 2019 09:32 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - most know about the power of the sizzle versus the steak but it's the secret recipe that often eludes.  You share that "how".  

Jul 15, 2019 11:35 AM #7
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

GREAT suggestions - a sparkling home sells much faster than one that doesn't sparkle :)

Jul 16, 2019 06:51 AM #8
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I love your list of how to make a house sizzle and sell, Patricia.  I had no idea it was clear back in 1992 that Ross Perot ran for President.  It seems like only yesterday!

Jul 16, 2019 06:23 PM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is an excellent list of tips to share.

Keep cool and have an outstanding week.

Jul 17, 2019 06:28 AM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Patricia! A fitting quote/tribute for H. Ross Perot - he was definitely one of a kind!

Great list and definitely one that works well for all sellers to follow to make their house sizzle & SELL.

Have yourself a fabulous Friday!

Jul 18, 2019 09:11 PM #11
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Patricia, you have listed so many of my hot buttons.

To show a property that is not well lit, some rooms no lights, blinds drawn, dark paint makes for a gloomy showing.

Clean, does not mean you have to have new, but not dirty and everything picked up and orderly.

What a difference this list can make in the sale of a house.


Jul 20, 2019 06:50 AM #12
PlanOmatic Professional Photography
PlanOmatic - Denver, CO
Photos and floor plans for real estate marketing.

These are great suggestions for how to make a home sell faster, especially the sizzle safety and pet taming. Thanks for sharing! 

Aug 15, 2019 12:28 PM #13
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