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Tips for Selling Your Charlotte NC Home

Updated on July 17, 2011

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When it comes to houses for sale in Charlotte NC, there are many different tips that agents could share with you that will help you prepare your home for viewing by prospective buyers. In fact there are a ton of them. That is why it's important to concentrate on the most important of these in order to give you a base from which to expand. One of the very first of these tips is that you should keep your availability open.

Tip 1 - Make sure to be ready to show your home at any time, and you will find that selling it may be much easier. While it is recommended that real estate agents give families at least a few hours notice, this may not always be an option. According to Mitch Muller of ProStead Realty, an award winning NC Realtor & certified realty trainer, a home that cannot be viewed is a home that will not sale. There are plenty of homes for sale in the Charlotte NC area, and agents may simply move on to the next one available for viewing.

Tip 2 - While you may love your pets, not everyone will feel the same. Some potential buyers may even be allergic to them. Let your Charlotte NC real estate agent know if you have pets. Again, Mitch advises that if you plan to be out during a showing but leave your pets at home, try to keep them in an area where they will be out of contact with the potential buyers and agents.

Speaking of pets brings up the topic of odors.

Tip 3 - Nothing creates odors worse than a full trashcan especially in the summer heat that Charlotte experiences. Make sure to keep your trash emptied as often as possible in order to keep smells to a minimum. Keep in mind too that not only does a full trashcan smell, it can look bad too. Right now, you want to make everything look as great as possible so that a potential buyer will feel more motivated to go through with the purchase.

Tip 4 - One thing that you definitely DON'T want to do is to use a bunch of scented sprays to try and make the house smell pleasant. With no way to know how the potential buyer's tastes run you could offend their sense of smell at best. At worst, they could be allergic to the scent! If you insist on adding some smell to the air, try warming your stove eye or oven just a bit and putting a drop of vanilla extract on it. This will help spread the scent through the home and will smell like you've been baking.

Now, there are a ton of houses for sale in Charlotte NC, but there is only one you are concerned with - your own! This means that you will want to take every possible step to optimize your home for sale that you possibly can. Keep the house clean and inspection ready so that you can say YES whenever the agent calls about showing it.

Tip 5 - Be ready to leave before the agent arrives with the buyer. Many potential buyers will shy away from a house if the current owner is present during a showing. This could be due to personal preference or simply because they don't like to feel pressured. When you do have to stay home during a showing, make sure to hang back out of view as much as possible. Try to not follow the agent and/or buyer as they look around.

By following these tips and working closely with your real estate agent, you will much more successful at selling your Charlotte NC area home. Showing, and selling, your home doesn't have to be a chore any more than you make it. Keep things clean and looking great, and keep your home available for viewing, and you will find more buyers checking it out than you might have thought possible!

Thanks to Mitch Muller, owner of ProStead Realty. Mitch is a 23 year veteran of the Charlotte NC real estate scene. He is also an award winning agent and professional real estate trainer who's always looking to add to his team. Interested real estate agents can contact Mitch through his recruitment site at

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      PosseSocialMedia 6 years ago from Charlotte NC

      Think about it from the viewer's perspective - they could feel a great deal more pressure with you hanging over their shoulder wherever they go.

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      Steve Ray 6 years ago

      Never thought about it being important to not be home when a potential is coming to check it out. Thanks for the tip!