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How to Sell Your Home – the First Step

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Selling your house can be stressful. You have strangers walking through your home. The paperwork is a nightmare. Bargaining leaves you sweating. What to do? The first step is to get your home ready to sell. The second step is to find a good realtor. They will take care of the showing, marketing, bargaining, and paperwork for you. They know the market and can bring in buyers. Here are some tips to help you sell your home.

Get Ready to Sell Your Home

Divide the chores into four categories: curb appeal, cleaning, repairing, and staging. Tackle each one and then be ready for your realtor to make more suggestions.

Curb Appeal

Make sure that your home looks inviting and clean from the outside in both the daytime and nighttime.
Make sure the exterior is tidy – trim plants, mow the grass, and keep the yard raked. Put all toys and tool implements away. Pressure wash your home’s exterior, sidewalks, driveway, and decks. Clean the windows and gutters. Make your entry and back yard as welcoming as possible. Take time to look at your house in the evening. Low voltage or solar lights will make the entry much nicer.
Check out your roof. Don’t replace it quite yet; it might be a bargaining chip for your realtor. Look on the underside for water damage or leaks. Look for worn or loose shingles on the top.


Clean everything from ceiling to floor. If it can shine, make it shine. If it can collect dust, dust it. Clean drawers, cabinets, and floor corners. Get rid of pet odors. You might not smell the cat box, but it is guaranteed the potential buyers will. Clean carpets and wash walls. Be cautious about covering odors with heavy perfumes. Many people are sensitive to the smell and the perfume mixed with last’s night’s fish or this morning’s bacon, plus ten years of smoking indoors is not pleasant.
A lived-in home filled with personal items is a turn-off. Put away family photos and knick-knacks. Make sure your pocketable valuables are removed before starting to show your home. Clean off countertops and other horizontal surfaces. Remember a prospective buyer will look in your closets. Cramming stuff into a closet makes the closet look smaller.


Unless you are selling your home as a fixer-upper, you need to do the repairs. Sales have fallen through over repair lists.

Stage Your Home

A professional can be worth every penny when staging your home. They can make rooms look more inviting and larger. They might even suggest repainting walls. You might like the bright purple wall, but a potential buyer will see a lot of paint and effort to cover it over. Your realtor may either know a home stager or can offer suggestions.
If you are doing it yourself, remove furniture from rooms and arraign the remaining furniture into a more pleasing configuration. Add fluffy white towels, rugs and shower curtains to the bathroom for a spa look. And as you are staging your home, do more cleaning!
Now you are ready to sell your home, you have some decisions to make about hiring a realtor. Our next blog will take a look at finding a realtor and listing your home.

About Me

If you would like more information on buying or selling your home, give me a call. I’d love to help.
I am originally from Sharonville, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati) and I know the Cincinnati/northern Kentucky area. As an active resident, I can help you find just the right area, town, and property for you. I’ll help you sell your Greater Cincy property, as well.  If you are interested in real estate for sale in around Cincinnati, Ohio or northern Kentucky, please contact Cincinnati Rock-n-Roll Realtor® Gary Rossignol at (513) 777-2402 or search for a home now.