Do's for Sellers

Have a pre-sale home inspection. Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open houses begin. This will save you money, time and stress.


Don’t disregard minor repairs. Small problems such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression that the house isn’t well-maintained.

Get replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that are worn our or will need to be replaced soon, such your roof or carpeting? Get estimates on how much it would cost to replace them, even if you don’t plan to do it yourself. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and will be handy when negotiations begin.

Purchase a Home Warranty. Home sellers who offer a home warranty when their home is listed for sale benefit by making their home stand out in the marketplace. The addition of a home warrant may provide a seller with a competitive edge. Home buyers often prefer a home that comes with a year of home warranty protection on the major systems and appliances. The home warranty purchase by the seller covers the seller from the first day of listing through closing, which is transferrable to the buyer at closing. Your budget and home will be safe-guarded against costly, unexpected expenses for repairs and replacement on many of your home’s most critical systems and appliances during the listing period. Plus, you will not have to look for a qualified professional to make repairs, which can be stressful and inconvenient.

Organize and clean. Remove clutter and clear off counters. Throw out stacks of newspapers and magazines and stow away most of your small decorate items. Pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and exercise equipment. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house shine. Don’t’ forget to clean out the garage, too. A clean house will make a strong first impression and send a message to buyers that the home has been well –cared for. If you cannot do it, hire a cleaning service, if you can afford it.

Spruce up the curb appeal. Pretend you’re a buyer and stand outside of your home. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Is the address clearly visible? Are pretty flowers or plants framing the entrance? Is the walkway free from cracks and impediments?

 If you have any questions, please contact me at or (301) 377-9317.