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How to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar! All the Tricks of Home Selling!!!

Updated on May 16, 2016

How to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar


How to place your home on the market

Selling your home in this up and down economy can be a real headache.We recently sold a condo in NJ during the decline in the housing market. I would recommend first to Find a Great Realtor unless you are going to try selling on your own first.

  • We did finally sell but not with out a lot of work. We learned many lessons from our mistakes. Having sold several homes in the past with little or no problem we became utterly frustrated. Home buying today has changed tremendously from 10 years ago; Internet marketing has replaced the Sunday paper as the primary vehicle for home advertising. Interview several realtors. Find one that really takes you seriously. Be sure he or she knows how to market your home. It is so important that people can find your home on as many home selling websites as possible. Make sure that you choose a realtor that has an online marketing strategy that goes beyond their broker's website.
  • Have them bring flyer's of other homes they have sold. We learned how much more effective a virtual tour online is. Make sure your realtor has a great camera and takes high quality photos of your home. (This should have been one of our first red flags as we chose a realtor.)
  • Next be sure to get your home in order. Declutter. Get rid of anything you can. Borrow a neighbor's garage if you have too. The less you have in your cabinets and closets the bigger everything will look. Clear off all bathroom and kitchen counter tops leaving just what you need. Stage as much as possible.
  • Use stackable plastic containers to hide your clutter under your bathroom counter. Use silverware organizers for makeup, bobby pins, etc. Stash your electric toothbrush, etc.
  • Use shoe organizers in your closets. Clear out the coat closet as much as possible. Invest in an inexpensive iron and ironing board hanger for your closet or laundry room.
  • Get all laundry soap off your washer. Place a plant in your laundry room and make it look as bright as possible. Add nice decorative baskets for laundry storage etc.
  • Your home should sparkle. Have it professionally cleaned if you are not able to do it yourself. Clean out the refrigerator.Clean out the freezer and refrigerator. Change all your stove drip pans for new shiny ones. They are very inexpensive at your local discount store. Run your automatic oven cleaner or clean yourself but CLEAN, Make it sparkle. Invest in some new dish cloths and towels. Put a fresh plant in the kitchen
  • Put a wet washcloth or sponge in the microwave and turn it on for about a minute. All the dirt should come right off. Be sure your stove and oven are immaculate as listed above. Use foil under your oven racks when cooking to keep it clean. You can take your racks outside to spray down with oven cleaner.
  • Get around to fixing or painting any of the things you have been putting off. Try painting one wall in a room to make it pop. We painted our far laundry room wall an appealing green and the whole room popped with color.
  • Clean out your bathrooms till they sparkle Clean the grout in the floor and on the wall.. Scrub your tile walls. Spray appropriate polish on your counter tops and make them shine. Alcohol or vinegar will shine your mirrors, faucets, and glass shower doors.
  • Consider upgrading your old shower head to a rain fall or spa like shower head as shown in the ad below.
  • Throw out all make-up you have not used in 6 months Pack seasonal clothes away in plastic bins to protect them from moths. Get some quality hangers and arrange your clothes so it looks like a department store. Arrange all shoes neatly and store what you are not using. Be sure to vacuum your closet well. Dust along molding. Don't leave a step unturned.
  • Add an under cabinet TV/Stereo to your kitchen for just over $100 .
  • Consider using you washer and dryer as a bargaining tool
  • Have your carpets professionally cleaned.
  • If you have hardwood floors under your wall to wall carpet consider pulling it up and have it professionally cleaned. A handyman can come in and put some toe molding around the room at a very reasonable price.
  • Don't be sensitive about your taste. If you have a light fixture that is ultra modern consider changing it out for something more acceptable for all buyers, maybe matching the finish with your sinks, i.e. chrome, copper, etc.
  • Wallpaper tends to be outdated right now. Pull up as much as you can and replace with a neutral paint color. Get help picking your colors form your local paint store if you need it or use websites such as Houzz.
  • Be sure the front door looks good including all landscaping. Statistics show that many homes are sold before anyone ever enters. They get a feel from the front. Pick up all loose toys and put them in a basket. Hang bikes from the ceiling. Put up a pretty wreath. Power wash all outside areas and be sure all windows sparkle both inside and out. You want as much light entering your home as possible. Baskets are also great to store things quickly before a showing or to hold afghans or blankets.
  • Today's market is a bit slow so you may have to keep up with the cleanliness. Do a once over each morning and a deeper cleaning on weekends. Don't let your guard down. The next client might be the one.
  • If you need help decorating it would be worth while to consider hiring a professional stager.
  • Have some fresh flowers on tables. Mums in pots look great in the fall. Tulips in the spring, try putting them crisscross in a fish bowl type vase. Peonies are beautiful in the summer and I love white and red poinsettia in the winter. Never over water and do not allow them to get too cool. Your poinsettia may last for months with proper care.
  • When someone is coming for a tour. Light a scented candle or make some quick freezer cookies. Your home will smell fabulous! Even an onion baked in the oven will make your house smell homey
  • Be sure to open curtains and turn on lights. I especially like light bulbs that mimic daylight. These work well in really dark rooms that are very difficult to get any natural sunlight. You don't want your house to look dark.
  • Set some comfortable lawn chairs on your porch and make it look very inviting. Maybe invest in a small fountain to your back porch to mimic nearby waterfall or stream. I like amazon's tabletop alpine fountain with it's led light.
  • Know when your realtor is having an open house, which should be often, so you can have the house extra clean. Be sure to leave to give potential buyers time to look around.
  • Outside trim all bushes, and cut the grass.
  • Try planting outside. Petunias and geraniums in the summer and in the fall mums and pansies. Invest in some beautiful wind-chimes. They sound is amazing and you can take them to your new home.
  • Also take out all signs of pets including feeding bowls, crates, beds and litter boxes. Some people are highly allergic and will not even consider homes of smokers or pet owners.
  • With cigarette smoking on the rise it needs to be said that you need to start smoking outside if you have not already. The smoke builds up on walls and windows and your home may need a fresh coat of paint. Even though you may not be able to smell stale smoke odor other non-smokers will. This alone can turn away buyers.
  • Try to remove most personal pictures so your buyers can see their photos in your home. Remove all clutter from your refrigerator. I disagree with the notion of moving all photos. Some tastily framed personal photos add warmth to your home.
  • Finally if you are not satisfied with your realtor don't be afraid to voice your concerns. Sign up for the shortest contract available. I can't stress the importance of an interview and don't just use a realtor by word of mouth or just because a friend recommended him or her. You need to "relate" with your realtor yourself.

Homes are often Sold at the Front Door

Make sure your entryway looks nice and is clear of all forms of clutter, A fresh coat of paint can make a huge difference in your homes appearance.
Make sure your entryway looks nice and is clear of all forms of clutter, A fresh coat of paint can make a huge difference in your homes appearance.
Put fresh flowers throughout your home. Stage your home to sell. Don't be afraid to get help.
Put fresh flowers throughout your home. Stage your home to sell. Don't be afraid to get help.

Things that Turn Away Buyers

  1. Odor
  2. Dirt
  3. Clutter
  4. Too many personal belongings
  5. No curb appeal
  6. Popcorn ceilings
  7. Outdated Light fixtures
  8. Misrepresenting your home
  9. Open and Dirty trash cans, consider investing in an electronic stainless steel dispenser or stow your existing under the sink, but clean it first.
  10. A pushy Realtor
  11. Stained counter tops.
  12. Scratches on hardwood floors.
  13. Dark entryway and front porch. ( Think about some landscape lighting)

If you do all this and price your house strategically with the help of a good realtor it should sell in no time. Good luck!

How to Stage Your Home to Sell Quickly

Great Ideas

EUREKA EasyClean Lightweight Handheld Vacuum Cleaner, Hand Vac Corded, 71B
EUREKA EasyClean Lightweight Handheld Vacuum Cleaner, Hand Vac Corded, 71B

For quick pick ups when a potential buyer is around the corner.This is a solid, powerful vacuum. The filter is heavy-duty and seems very durable. It's easily removed and reattached. I use those over-priced compressed air duster cans to blow all the dust and dog hair off of the filter.


Get It Out there Another way to increase exposure to your home

© 2011 Nancy McClintock


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  • JasonAd profile image


    2 years ago

    nice article

  • Emily Decker profile image

    Emily Decker 

    2 years ago from United State

    I think the best way to sell your house on the price you want is to sell your house to an investor. Selling to an investor can save your time and investor will tell you the price after showing your home you don't need to wait. the main thing is selling to an investor can save the fees you normally pay to an agent.

  • nancynurse profile imageAUTHOR

    Nancy McClintock 

    6 years ago from Southeast USA

    Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to write!!!

  • WVitanyi profile image

    William R Vitanyi Jr 

    6 years ago from Edinboro, Pennsylvania

    Nice job on this hub.

  • nancynurse profile imageAUTHOR

    Nancy McClintock 

    6 years ago from Southeast USA

    Thanks so much for commenting.!!!!


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