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.



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Comments (21)

Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Great commandments to follow in Real Estate listings!!! I specially like 4 and 7

Nov 30, 2019 03:58 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Sham, I recently had a seller who failed to disclose something that was key to the sale of their home. My buyers went after them with both barrels and I can't say that I blame them either!

Nov 30, 2019 08:17 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. Quite the list. Over the years I have had some sellers violate various ones. Enjoy your day!

Nov 30, 2019 04:32 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Fabulous list of commandments to ensure that your home gets sold, in Charlotte and everywhere!

Nov 30, 2019 05:43 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Thank you, Jean! It does ring true everywhere, for sure!

Nov 30, 2019 08:15 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Love this post, Debe. I have a 10 Commandments For Buying A House, but for some reason didn't think in those terms for selling a home!

Nov 30, 2019 06:23 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

I have that too and I can't seem to locate it at the moment. We probably have the same one!

Nov 30, 2019 08:15 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Bob Ratliff wow... what a great post to reblog..... I missed it... and love all the commandments....if homeowners would only follow them!!!  there should be a confessional on every property!!! NEEDED.

Nov 30, 2019 07:47 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

LOL Barbara Todaro's comment and thanks to her for tipping me off about the re-blog! I would have eventually seen it but, I am so bad about missing those notifications!

Thank you so much for the reblog, Bob! It absolutely does hold true for all sellers, regardless of where they live.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Nov 30, 2019 08:15 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Bob, for sharing this excellent reblog selection.

Nov 30, 2019 08:57 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Bob Ratliff - oh I really love this.  I am sorry I missed Debe's post.

Nov 30, 2019 08:59 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

A great reblog which I missed. Love the 10 commandments for selling a home.

Nov 30, 2019 09:51 AM
David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Yes, Bob, this is some very good advice.  I should come up with my own 10 commandments for home inspections (an idea!) because I can't tell you how many times I have scratched my head over what sellers do.  DO keep the utilities on and DON'T be in bed when we arrive for our confirmed appointment at 9am.  Good post!

Nov 30, 2019 10:02 AM
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Best Hawaii Realtor!

A good set of guidelines Bob Ratliff .  If only my clients would follow these.  #1 my sellers do not want to leave the house. #7 there is ALWAYS a family member sleeping on a couch or in a bedroom during showing, no matter what TIME of day.  Some family members do not want the house sold, even though grandma wants to sell.

Nov 30, 2019 04:09 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bob, great choice for a reblog, and tips for the homeowners.  I also say --- cook the fish outside too! 

Dec 02, 2019 07:38 AM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse specialist

Great list  with universal appeal.

Dec 29, 2019 10:54 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Thanks for sharing, I would have missed it.  I hope 2020 is a great year for you.

Dec 30, 2019 02:52 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I can't remember if I saw this on her blog already or not, but you can never go wrong by reblogging a post by Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Oct 13, 2020 06:26 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Ahh, thank you so much, Brian England

Hope to see you on the ZOOM meet-up call today! 

Oct 13, 2020 09:47 AM
Anna Chroscicki
Re/Max Masterpiece Realty - Port St Lucie, FL
Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate

Loving this list....and so many sellers 'SIN" in so many ways.

Oct 13, 2020 09:57 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope you are enjoying a very productive month.

Take care and be safe.

Oct 25, 2020 06:07 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Bob:

I missed the original...and it's a good thank you for sharing this. Off to comment on the original.


Nov 07, 2020 11:08 AM