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10 Home Selling Suggestions

Prepare Your North Carolina Mountain Home for a Successful Sale


First Impressions Make a Difference

  • The front door greets the prospective buyer so make sure it’s clean, painted, and welcoming
  • Keep the lawn edged and trimmed
  • Add a colorful pot of flowers on the deck or in the house
  • Dispose of any trash in the yard
  • Put lawn equipment and garbage cans away
  • Keep toys picked up both inside and out
  • The smell of bread baking or cookies baking is always a welcome smell. If this is not your area of expertise, boil some water and vanilla on the stove
  • Have soft music on when people arrive for the showing
  • Leave your home during the showing so as to give the seller freedom to look about
  • Put any dirty dishes in the dishwasher
  • Pack away photographs so potential buyers can visualize their own family in the home


Decorate Your Home for a Quick Sale

  • Touch up anything that reduces cosmetic appeal (faded or peeling paint or wallpaper on walls, old and worn woodwork, etc.)
  • Add a new coat of neutral colored paint to walls – it will make a huge difference!


Spruce up the Leaky Faucet

  • Spend a few extra dollars to fix leaky faucets and make a better impression
  • Polishing all stain-less steel fixtures and appliances will them more appealing


Repair, Repair, Repair

  • Fixed loose doorknobs, sticking doors, and warped drawers
  • For those drawers that push and pull a bit hard, take a candle and rub on the runners or the edge of the drawers that rub against the bottom.
  • Do a thorough inspection of your home for other minor flaws that lower your home’s value
  • Have someone do those "Honey Do's". Those items you mean to get fixed, but just have not. Why wait until you sell...simply have them repaired.


Make it Bright

  • Open curtains and blinds to let the light shine in.
  • Turn on the lights in every room-replace any lights that are burned out.
  • Be advised dark rooms do not appeal to most people
  • Ask Dorothy for additional suggestions.


Clean Windows Maximize the View

  • Clean all windows both inside and our
  • Ensure windows open close appropriately


Clear Some Space

  • Show the full value of room and space you have
  • Remove clutter in each room to give a larger appearance
  • Rent a storage unit if necessary. This will give an advantage when you are ready to move.
  • Organize your drawers, cabinets, and refrigerator. Be advised, buyers will be checking storage space.


Bathrooms Will Help Sell Your Home

  • Check and repair the caulking in your shower(s) and bathtub(s)
  • Clean it from top to bottom – your bathroom(s) should sparkle! Including wiping off the light bulbs. Just make sure they are cool when you do this.
  • Make sure your laundry is picked up.


No Trace of the Pet

  • Many buyers are pet-sensitive
  • Be sure you take your pets outside of the home before showing it
  • Remove all odors, as well as beds, toys, litter, and bowls


Clean and Then Clean Some More

  • Inspect all the corners, ceiling fans, baseboards, etc. for cobwebs and dust
  • If you don’t have time to really clean your home, hire someone to do it for you
  • Make your home look its best for maximum return


Get a Home Inspection- Give Yourself an Advantage

  • Usually your Buyer will want a home inspection. Hire one first and fix the items that you think a Buyer will want fixed. If not, you may need to adjust the selling price accordingly.
  • An inspector will tell you the condition and how many years are left on your roof.
  • Buyers do not like a lot of things wrong with a home. This scares them away.
  • Be up front with your Realtor if there is a problem. They can refer suggest professionals to assist you.
  • Regardless of whom the Realtor is working for-the Seller or the Buyer-they are required by law to disclose any material fact they are aware of.
  • Home disclosures must be filled out on the condition of each home. Be truthful. All problems eventually surface and it could drastically delay the closing or a faulty disclosure may give reason for the Buyer to cancel the contract.

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