Seller Tips

by: Alicia DeSilvey, Realtor

So you want to sell your house???

I consult with homeowners everyday and have the exact same conversations with them. We all “live” in our homes. We are working hard in our professional lives, keeping up with our daily schedules, raising children and taking care of our families, loving our pets, donating time to our churches and special causes, and doing the best we can to maintain our homes in the process. We are all in the basic state of mind living our lives. When faced with the challenge of selling your home, this balance of “living” has to be shifted for a smooth selling process. Sure, you can do whatever you want and gamble on how smooth your process will be if you have time and money to waste. It’s really up to you and your goals as a seller. As an agent, my goals are clear……sell for the right price, in a reasonable amount of time, and to always meet my sellers needs. This is why you should always hire a professional.

Here are some of the main factors to consider when you are trying to sell your home:
*Yes, you are living in your home, but it needs to look like a model home. This means taking down personal pictures and personal collections of items. Everyone that sees the home will focus on your personal pics and trying to figure out who you are than on the home itself. They will also be commenting and be versing their opinions on your collections instead of the crown molding or other fantastic features that your home has to offer. Let’s not distract the potential buyers from what is important.

*Clean, clean, and clean some more. Windows, light fixtures and fans, base boards, grout, stained carpet, dirty walls, even light switch covers. You get my point. It all has to be very clean. Cleaning doesn’t cost you anything but time. It’s a big investment when selling your home. Be like Nike…..Just Do It!

*Maintain your yard. This means cut your grass, weed and mulch your flowerbeds, and plant some flowers if you have none. You don’t have to spend a fortune. A little goes a long way here. Annuals are inexpensive and can add color in any season. Your local home store offers a variety to choose from that will work with the climate you live in.

*Remove everything from your kitchen counters, night stands, bathroom counters, recliner, sofa side tables, etc. No one needs to know how many appliances you have on your kitchen counter. Put them away. Buyers are certainly not interested in how many remotes you use, or if you clip your nails while watching TV. Put away the nail clippers beside your recliner please. They don’t care how many face creams you have either. Your collection of perfumes are pointless. Let them focus on the hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, or the beautiful fixtures that are in your home. Don’t distract them from your home with your personal lives.

*Make arrangements for your pets to have a safe place outside of the home for showings. We all love our fur baby’s, but potential buyers don’t love yours like you do. Don’t get offended. Some like dogs and cats, and some like snakes and lizards. They are all important to us, but again, you don’t want the focus shifted from your floor plan to the pet. The less distractions during the showing, the better.

*Price to sell. The most important thing to remember is to price your home well. Listen to your real estate agent. They know what the market is. They want to sell your home at the highest price possible, in the shortest amount of time given, within your goals that you discuss. They certainly will be paid a higher commission if it sells for more, right? Don’t be upset if the value isn’t what you think it is. Let the Realtor show you the comparables in your area and explain the valuation. Don’t set yourself up for frustration and a very long listing period by over pricing your home. Those numbers never work out in the end. You will always pay more in the long run.

These are some of the basics to get your home sold quickly. The list could go on and on, but I am hoping that I didn’t need to mention to please fix the door that is falling off the hinges and so on. All regular maintenance must be done. The things I mentioned are the ones that I find sellers just seem to overlook in their busy lives. Yes, the floors are mopped, but the ceiling fan has an inch of dust over head. It doesn’t mean your dirty, it just means that you are busy “living”. Selling your home can be very stressful with our day to day activities. With a little prep work, and a Realtor to guide you through the transaction, you will be on your way to meeting your goals quickly. Happy Selling!

Alicia DeSilvey is a Realtor with First Source Realty, LLC. She is licensed in the State of Louisiana and has been in the real estate industry since 2001. For more information on selling your home, or to contact her regarding any real estate advice, she can be reached at or her direct line is 504-352-0142.

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