Resources for Sellers

Get Started on the Right Foot!

  • Why Hire an Agent?
    Selling your home is a big step – and one with a lot of challenges and pitfalls along the way to closing. Marketing your home and finding a qualified buyer is only your first step.   As Realtor, I’ll help you to find a well qualified buyer and also navigate the rest of the process (which is where most transactions fail.)  Studies show that sellers who use a Realtor generally get a better price than those who choose to sell the home themselves.  This will also help you get to closing much faster.  Because real estate laws and practices change all the time, as an agent it is my job to stay up to date on the latest market trends, fluctuations, and issues (inspection, environmental, legal, mortgage and more). Let us put our experience to work for you to ensure you get the best price for your home!
  • Price your home correctly.
    Even in a “seller’s” market, its critical to set a competitive sales price. Buyers look for value – the best home, at the best price. Today’s home buyers have plenty of information and pictures of competing homes at their fingertips, so setting your price too high will actually shrink the number of buyers willing to consider your home! As a result, homes stay on the market much longer, and wind up selling for less than they would have if they were well priced from the start. As your agent, I’ll help you to determine the maximum competitive price for your home.
  • Before Your Home is Listed
    Prior to listing your home, you’ll want to ensure everything is in good showing condition before buyers start to tour the home. Here are some important things to consider:

    • Start Packing
      Now is the time to put things in storage, clean out the basement and garage and start preparing to show your home. Remove any family photos or personal items. Remember, you want buyers to see themselves in your home!
    • Spot Paint
      Touch up both interior and exterior paint.
    • Update Carpet
      Clean or replace carpet in areas with heavy wear.
    • Extra Cleaning
      Keep the interior and exterior clean and odor free.
    • Curb Appeal
      Trim any overgrown bushes, mow the lawn and keep it free of leaves or snow. Make sure the front of the home is clean and appealing. You want to make a strong first impression!
    • Find Potential Problems Early
      Once you’ve completed these steps you may want to hire someone to perform a pre-listing inspection. Buyers will be hiring professional inspectors too; this is your chance to find and address problems before it’s time to sell.
  • Professional Staging
    Consider hiring a professional stager to help give buyers the appeal they’re looking for.
  • During the Listing Period
    You’ll need to plan to have something to do during the times potential buyers visit your home. If initial offers don’t meet your expectations, don’t dismiss them immediately. You may need to consider lowering your asking price if months go by with few or no offers. However, by working with your agent you will be able to arrive a price that works for all parties.