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Ten Tips: 10 Secrets for Selling Your Home

Focus on the areas that matter when preparing to sell your home.

Tip 10: Do your research
Not all real estate firms were created equal. While all agents typically offer the same services, the commission and fees vary drastically. In real estate, paying more does not get you more. Do your research and find a firm that’s a good fit for you.  
Tip 9: Pick your agent
Selling your home is a major decision and a huge life event. Make sure you’re comfortable with your agent and that you really understand them when they explain things to you. You’ll want someone you like in your corner during this time. 
Tip 8: No matter the season, do some Spring cleaning
Air the house out, get the carpets cleaned and sort through the clutter. Dreading it? You’ll be doing it when you sell anyway – consider this a head start!
Tip 7: Lights on, curtains open!
Potential buyers are flooded with feelings of excitement and uncertainty before walking into a home. Let’s face it, it’s a little awkward. Keeping the lights on and letting in natural light is a great way to welcome potential buyers into your home. The alternative? They spend the entire tour searching for light switches and feeling like they’re sneaking around, not how they’ll make this home their own.
Tip 6: Put storage in storage
Everyone who tours your home will look in the closets. Overflowing, crowded closets just won’t do. Put your storage items in storage and give every prospective seller a glimpse into their perfectly organized, future closets. Trust us here.
Tip 5: Ask your agent which features sell before making any changes
You might want to redo the kitchen or the driveway, paint the walls, maybe upgrade to hardwoods. Before you commit, talk to your agent about what features buyers are expecting and what will make your home stand out in the neighborhood. You might be surprised.
Tip 4: Set the stage
Some folks call this de-cluttering. We like to think of it as setting the stage to get prospective buyer’s envisioning their future, perfect life in your home. Clear out oversized furniture and keepsakes, put away family photos, and clean everything off the counters. When is doubt, take a minimalist approach.
Tip 3: Deodorize
Smell is our strongest sense and, despite our fears… going “nose-blind” is real. Get the carpets cleaned, buy the best spelling laundry soap, and invest in some air fresheners. 
Tip 2: Wow their senses
Keep pre-made cookie dough in the freezer and throw in a small batch before showings. Smell is a powerful and nothing says home quite like the smell of warm, fresh baked cookies as you walk through the door.
Tip 1: Bake some cookies
Keep pre-made cookie dough in the freezer and throw in a small batch before showings. Smell is a powerful and nothing says home quite like the smell of warm, fresh baked cookies as you walk through the door.
BONUS TIP: Know your options and save
Since agents are allowed to represent both parties in a home selling transaction, your agent can represent an interested buyer who doesn’t have their own agent. While this doesn’t happen often, you can ask your agent for a discount on their commission. The worst they can do is say no.