20 Tips for Selling Your House

As a homeowner, you can play an important part in the timely sale of your property. When you take the following steps, you’ll help your RE/MAX 1st Service agent sell your home faster, at the best possible price. 

  1. Make the Most of that First Impression

    House, Exterior, Daytime  

    A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted – or at least freshly scrubbed – front door. If it’s autumn, rake the leaves. If it’s winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home, the better.
  2. Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends
    Cleaning Supplies                                                                                                                                                           Here’s your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Fresh paint adds charm and value to your property. If you’re worried about time, hire professional cleaners or painters to get your house ready. Remember, prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look "with a little work."
  3. Check Faucets and Bulbs
    Faucet, KitchenLight Bulbs, Hanging                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks, and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs or faulty wiring leave prospects in the dark. Don’t let little problems detract from what’s right with your home.
  4. Don’t Shut Out a Sale
    Drawer                                                                                                                                                 If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect’s mind. Don’t try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily fix them. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing.
  5. Think Safety
    Stairs, Child Climbing                                                                                                                                           Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs, extension cords on the floor, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non-perilous as possible for visitors.
  6. Make Room for Space
    Attic, Organized                                                                                                                                                  Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They’re looking for storage space, too. Make sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items.
  7. Consider Your Closets
    Closet, Organized                                                                                                                                                  The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Now’s the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.
  8. Make Your Bathroom Sparkle
    Bathroom                                                                                                                                                           Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For added allure, display your best towels, mats, and shower curtains.
  9. Create Dream Bedrooms
    Bedroom                                                                                                                                          Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture. Colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains are a must.
  10. Open up in the Daytime
    Family Room                                                                                                                                              Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.
  11. Lighten up at Night
    House, Exterior                                                                                                                                            Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights - both inside and outside - when showing your home in the evening. Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.
  12. Avoid Crowd Scenes
    People in Living Room                                                                                                                                                Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled with people. Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they're likely to hurry through. Avoid having company over during showings, if possible.
  13. Watch Your Pets
    Dog Looking Up at You                                                                                                                                                         Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you're showing your home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot. So do everybody a favor: Keep Kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way.
  14. Think Volume
    Remote, Finger on It                                                                                                                                                 Rock-and-roll will never die. But it might kill a real estate transaction. When it's time to show your home, it's time to turn down the stereo or TV.
  15. Relax
    Person Opening Front Door                                                                                                                                                 Be friendly, but don't try to force conversation. Prospects want to view your home with a minimum of distraction.
  16. Don't Apologize
    Realtor with Couple in Front of House                                                                                                                                              No matter how humble your abode, never apologize for its shortcomings. If a prospect volunteers a derogatory comment about your home's appearance, let your experienced RE/MAX 1st Service agent handle the situation.
  17. Keep a Low Profile
    Realtor Leading Couple Through House                                                                                                                                                                   Nobody knows your home as well as you do. But RE/MAX 1st Service agents know buyers - what they need and what they want. Your RE/MAX 1st Service agent will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if you stay in the background.
  18. Don't Turn Your Home into a Second-Hand Store
    Pile of Furniture                                                                                                                              When prospects come to view your home, don't distract them with offers to sell those furnishings you no longer need. You may lose the biggest sale of all: your home.
  19. Defer to Experience
    Clients Talking to Agent                                                                                                                                          When prospects want to talk price, terms, or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert - your RE/MAX 1st Service agent.
  20. Help Your Agent
    Front of Homer Glen Office                                                                                                                                            Your RE/MAX 1st Service agent will have an easier time selling your home if showings are scheduled through his or her office. You'll appreciate the results! Give us a call today at 708-675-1600 or email realestate@my1stservice.com.