The Ten Commandments Of Selling Your Charlotte Home (Infographic)

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The Ten Commandments Of Selling Your Charlotte Home (Infographic)

 

So your home’s on the market — are you jazzed about getting it sold? Good. But there are a few things you need to know. More specifically, ten things. They’re called “The Ten Commandments of Selling a Home.”  Read them. Absorb them. Emblazon them to memory, because one tiny mis-step can make your dream of moving on to your next home come crashing down like a sandcastle at high tide.

 

The 10 commandments of selling your Charlotte home for sale

 

The Ten Commandments of Selling Your Charlotte Home

 

  1. Thou shalt vacate the house for all showings. Really, if you want your buyers to rush in and rush out of your home - turn the air off in the summer, the heat off in the winter or stay in your BarcaLounger during your showings!

  2. Thou shalt assume every day is a showing day. Keep it clean, clutter free and pets properly secured or removed from the property.

  3. Thou shalt not turn off utilities before closing. Your buyer will have an appraisal, an inspection and a walk-through - all of which will necessitate all utilities being on! Don’t delay the process by turning off utilities early.

  4. Thou shalt fill out property condition Disclosure completely and disclose all known defects. Without fail - ALL known defects and if in doubt, you probably need to DISCLOSE IT! ASK ME!

  5. Thou shalt not stop paying the mortgage. Just because you’re under Contract, don’t stop making your mortgage payments (unless you are selling via short sale).

  6. Thou shalt not rely upon Zillow to determine your sales price (that’s what your agent is for). This is a big NO-NO! This is a computer-generated analysis and is nowhere near accurate for determining your home’s list price.

  7. Thou shalt make all beds before all showings (which includes NOT being in bed during showings).  If you don’t know if you have showings scheduled today, make your bed anyway! Even if you don’t have showings, you’ll feel better knowing it’s done in case you have last minute showings scheduled.

  8. Thou shalt send anyone inquiring about the property to your agent. More sellers than you can imagine have lost buyers for their homes by allowing buyers into their home, saying all of the wrong things (thinking they’re being friendly and helpful). Leave the home selling to the professionals - you’ll be glad you did!

  9. Thou shalt not call your agent at 11 PM. Okay, if we’re negotiating your deal, I’m all in for that but, my clients know I work 18 hour days and I do need just a wee bit of ‘down’ time!

  10. Thou shall not cook broccoli. There are assorted other foods not to prepare but, being greeted at the door by strong odors is never pleasant. I can say that when I cook foods with strong odors (curry, garlic, fish, etc.), I don’t smell it unless I leave and return home. As soon as I open the door, the odor almost knocks me down! So, stay away from those strong odors when cooking while your home is listed on the market.

 

 

Thinking of Listing your Charlotte home? Let’s talk! Call or text me at (704) 491-3310 or email me at SavvyBroker@me.com

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | The Ten Commandments Of Selling Your Charlotte Home (Infographic)

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Oh, yes, there's an entire list and sadly, some of the best foods and/or spices are on that list, Grant Schneider! BUT, prepare your home right and price it right and you won't have to go without those foods or spices for long!

Dec 02, 2019 08:24 PM #37
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Hi Francine! I cannot find mine for buyers but, need to search a little deeper for it. I haven't used it for years and I'm sure most of the commandments still apply today! LOL

Francine Viola 

Dec 02, 2019 08:25 PM #38
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Boy, isn't that the truth, Carol Williams?! But, it's worth it for the short period of time it's on the market (well, if you prep and price it right)!

Dec 02, 2019 08:26 PM #39
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Funny but, I remember my first, first-time sellers and the things that I took for granted that they just 'knew' via osmosis! It wasn't much and boy, did that first one prepare ME to prepare future first-timers for listing their homes. I never 'assume' that what I'm teaching is common sense, that's for sure!

@Mimi Foster 

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Thank you, Mott Marvin Kornicki! And, it applies all over the nation, from what I've learned reading others' local blogs!! 

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LOL You're so clever, Richie Alan Naggar! I always look forward to reading your comments! 

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Isn't that the truth - fish, curry and broccoli are serious offenders when it comes to being malodorous, Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900

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Oh my gosh, you always put a smile on my face, BethAnn! I hope you're doing well and happy I could make you laugh!

BethAnn Long 

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LOL Debra Leisek, my clients know that I give it my all to make them laugh! While humor can make things seem light and sometimes unimportant, it also gets the point across! We review them together and I leave them with smiles on their faces. 

Hope you try it with your sellers - you'll enjoy the reactions!

Dec 02, 2019 08:35 PM #45
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Oh my gosh, corned beef & cabbage - YES! That is a biggie and especially during this time of the year when the homes are all closed up and the heat running...need I say more?!! LOL

Hope you're having a great start to your week, Matthew Klinowski, PA

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Well, thank you, Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES! Feel free to share it - it does make sellers laugh!

Have a great week...

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You're so welcome, Carla Freund! Glad you enjoyed it! 

Hope you had a marvelous Monday!

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Don't those expired sellers teach so many lessons, Scott Godzyk?! If only all agents paid attention to those lessons...or, well, maybe for us, it's a good thing they don't! LOL

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Hey there Mrs. Banana! I'm glad you like it - you're the perfect person to appreciate the humor in it too! 

Hope you're feeling great and getting along nicely post-operatively. Thinking of you and sending you positive vibess! 😘 

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Thank you and of COURSE you and Anna or anyone can use it, Elyse Berman, PA

Hope you're having a great start to a new week!

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Thank you, Ann Nguyen! Feel free to use them with your own sellers! They'll laugh but, you'll get the points across! 😉 

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Oh my! I actually had a tenant that did stay in bed and slept in his birthday suit to boot! No matter how many complaints we got from agents, the owner/landlord could not get the Birthday Bandit to get out for showings! Thankfully it didn't stay on the market long.

Thank you, Marte! One would think they are all commonsensical must-dos, but we are, indeed, lacking common sense these days! 

Marte Cliff

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Hi Lisa Weiler! Yes, it's such a simple thing to do and it really does have a positive mental impact on us when we come home to a made-bed - even if we aren't listing our homes! 😉 

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You should copyright this list, laminate it and sell it to agents for $2.95 per copy. Wonderful list of what sellers should be aware of it AND what their agents should be counseling them on. Thanks Debe!

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This made me laugh and think at the same time!  Especially #9!  

 

Blessings!

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