De-stress When Selling a London Ontario Home

Whether you’ve lived in your home in London Ontario for awhile, you know it’s not just a shelter, or even another investment.  It’s the place where your dreams came to life, or unfortunately for some, ended.

Moving from a house or a condo

So, there comes a day when it’s time to move on.  You have taken the time to reflect on old memories, and prepare to build new ones.  You have decided it is time to leave the past behind for a new future.  It’s no wonder why buying or selling a home is often emotionally charged and potentially overwhelming.

   When you are thinking of selling your home in London Ontario, there are a number of things to think about, to prepare for, and to organize. 

   The price you are thinking or wishing to sell your home for is usually the first concern for most, and that I can truly appreciate.

  With the housing market being very strong in London Ontario, your home will definitely sell so perhaps you may want to ask yourself the most important question of all, “How can I maximize the sale price?”  

 Determining your bottom line based on accurate information BEFORE you list your home in London Ontario will give you peace of mind, clarity and a sense of security.

  I can write this because my clients have told me that not only did they get their price in the time line they wanted, the process was less stressful than they thought!

Keep in mind that information is available every where about selling a house or condo in London Ontario, but not insight!

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How Buyers Can Find Your London Ontario Home

Where Does a Buyer See Your Home First?

96% of homes sold have been previewed by buyers on the web, either through Realtor’s websites, MLS  or social media ! That is a huge number and why it is extremely  imperative when putting your home on the market  to have a great web presence or three!

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 Below is How Buyers See Homes Before They Buy 

  • 59%  Salesperson contact
  • 27% For Sale Sign
  • 8%  Referred by a relocation service ( I work with 3 national companies)
  • 3% Bought for a combination of reasons
  • 1% Bought advertised property in a magazine or print ad
  • 1% Bought open house they saw
  • 1% For Sale by Owner

  Knowing these numbers and how buyers find your home among all the other homes on the market out there will enable you to make some wise decisions when it comes time to put your home on the market.

   Exposure and traffic sells homes! I sell homes, I do not just list them! 

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How to Get More Money For Your London Ontario Home

  Here’s an informative  guide  to  help  you  realize the  most  profit  from your London Ontario home,  and perhaps avoid  costly  repair  rip-offs.

There’s a little-known dynamic in real estate that can dramatically affect the successful, top dollar sale of your home.

The Elements That Motivate a Quicker Home Sale…

Are the Same Elements That Sell Homes for Top Dollar

      Each year thousands of homeowners needlessly lose thousands of dollars when selling their home.  But they don’t lose the money for reasons you might think. They lose money because they unknowingly left it on the table…for the buyer to pocket…by failing to recognize the hidden profit potential of their home.

And those hidden profits exist in two areas.

First, most homeowners never discover that certain small, even inexpensive repairs to their existing home could generate many times their cost in additional home value.  But on the other hand, other repairs and improvements can cost you dearly.  It’s critical to know what repairs and improvements to spend money on…and which ones to leave alone.

Second, when many savvy homeowners decide to make profitable repairs before selling, they expose themselves to the ruthless world of some contractors and their potentially deceptive schemes that drive up the costs of home repairs.Get More Money for your London Ontario Home

Between not knowing what to repair for maximum profit, and dealing with the world of contractor woes, it’s easy to understand how you might become overwhelmed with the whole process.  But don’t despair.

That’s Why I Created This Helpful Report

       I am going to reveal to you exactly what areas make sense to fix and what areas to leave alone…not using “opinion,” but real world facts.  Then, I’m going to give you a “behind the scenes tour” of the games some contractors play when fixing your home (by the way, not all contractors are sinister – I know many with stellar reputations).

This way you’ll be armed to the teeth with knowledge and strategies to stay one-step ahead of the game…and maximize the value of your home when you sell.

Many of the improvements that have the most value for you as a homeowner end up being the worst-performers as far as resale value is concerned.  ​

I will cover:

  • How to Select Home Improvements That Pay Dividends

  • Functional and Structural Improvements 
  • How to Dodge Repair Rip-Offs When Improving Your Home

  • Selecting Painters     


  • Selecting Plumbers

  • Selecting Electricians

  • Selecting Roofers

  • Selecting HVAC Specialists   

Here it is

Using an Appraisal To Sell or Buy a Property in London Ontario?

Have you ever had a feeling that the price of a property is too high? That you feel your home is worth more than what a Realtor says? That you and the buyer or seller cannot agree on price?

One of the tools I use is hiring an appraiser or two.

I went on a listing presentation a month ago and the price the seller wanted for her house ( she was told by her friends, neighbours, her dentist, even her niece who was a Realtor in the GTA what her house was worth) and the price I thought it would sell for was considerably less.

After going through all the discussions and neighbourhood values, she still did not want to list her house at my number but really wanted me to be her Realtor.

I said ok, but we would put 6 names of local appraiser’s names in a hat, she would reach in and pull out 2, and get two appraisals. We then would add the two, divide by two and that would be the range we would list her house for.

I even agreed to pay for the two appraisals.

Guess what?

Both appraisals were within a few thousand dollars of my price but considerably lower than the price her well meaning but misinformed circle of influence advised her.

We listed the house and it sold for my original price I thought it would sell for! A hero? Not necessarily but functional and practical.

I also used the same tactic between a buyer and a seller of a commercial property who were miles apart in price. We actually used 3 appraisals and add those up and divided by three!

So, in ending, there are many ways to consummate a sale and see the article below, it may help as well.

The following article was written by the  Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC) and will validate what I believe can be another solution to help buyers and sellers of real estate in London Ontario.

Real estate bidding wars are now the new norm in the over-heated Toronto and Vancouver property markets. Sales can end up hundreds of thousands of dollars above asking prices.

It’s a bonanza for sellers, with head-spinning multiple offers giving them a tidy sum of extra cash. For buyers, the process of finding a home is frenzied and emotional. If you are the REALTOR® caught in the middle, you may need an unbiased independent opinion to ensure that all involved have the information and research they need to make the best decision possible.

Market volatility is a concern for the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC) which is why the organization is encouraging REALTORS® to engage professional appraisers to get unbiased, independent opinions of property values to help them advise their clients.

“The more information you have in your hand, the better off you’re going to be,” says Keith Lancastle, chief executive officer of AIC, a self-regulating organization that has more than 5,000 members across Canada with Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) and Canadian Residential Appraiser (CRA) designations. “It’s prudent to help your clients make one of the most important investments in their lifetime with both eyes open.”

AIC members perform approximately 1 million residential appraisals in Canada of properties worth a total of more than $500 billion, and this amount is increasing every year. The majority of residential appraisals are completed for lenders for the purpose of mortgage financing. The lender wants to ensure the value of the collateral and that the Loan–to-Value ratio meets their guidelines. Mr. Lancastle says. “If your client buys a piece of property that is higher than the appraised value, it is important to remember that the lender will not underwrite the loan on that emotion.”

Dan Brewer, AACI, P.App president of AIC and a senior appraiser at Appraisers Canada Inc. in booming York Region north of Toronto, says that under guidelines set out by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, on-site appraisals are required to ensure that buyers do not borrow an amount larger than a property’s value.

“You can’t finance your dreams,” Mr. Brewer comments, noting that much of the escalation in homes price in Toronto and Vancouver comes from a lack of inventory, time pressures and the fact that buyers and sellers are often “making decisions without knowing all the facts.” Bidding wars skew market values, and those who pay “out of whack” prices should be prepared to “pull a lot of money out of their jeans” and to consider whether they can recover that amount if they sell, he notes. “Cost is not synonymous with value.”

AIC-designated appraisers undertake comprehensive curriculum, experience and examination requirements and are experts in estimating the value of a property; real estate agents are experts in selling and purchasing property and home inspectors determine a property’s structural integrity, Mr. Brewer explains. An appraisal report helps property owners better understand a market’s sales and listing history, the exposure time to sell a property, supply and demand for similar properties, structural characteristics, assessment data, title restrictions, zoning and land-use controls.

“You’re interpreting the marketplace,” says Mr. Brewer, noting that qualified appraisers “are an integral part of the process,” helping homeowners do everything from understanding their equity positions to evaluating the value of particular upgrades they opt for. “We quantify those things, we monitor them, we measure them, we give guidance and direction.”

Mr. Lancastle says that in a larger sense, appraisals ensure that there are true values in the marketplace. “We are protecting everyone involved in the real estate transaction including the REALTOR®, the financial system and Canadian consumers.” He adds that AIC members also do appraisals for purposes such as estate planning, property tax assessments, mortgage refinancing and to help homeowners plan for and follow up after renovations.

Choosing a Real Estate Person to Sell A Home in London Ontario

           Our Core Values. Not All Realtors Are The Same!

It is both mine & the brokerage’s goal to consistently provide the highest quality, most innovative and exceptional real estate service available anywhere in the London and surrounding areas.

Our client’s needs always come first. We are not # 1, you are! We strive to always provide value far in excess of what other real estate sales representatives do. Our constant goal is mutual respect, and long term relationships that are beneficial to all parties.

We run a clean, organized, and efficient real estate brokerage.

We do not rest on our accomplishments. We constantly strive to create, develop, and implement new ideas, strategies, and services that will benefit our clients.  We endeavor to seek continuing education in all aspects of our business to increase the level of service we offer our clients.

Core Values

  • Brutal honesty at all times and in all situations.
  • Strategically driven, not market driven
  • Continually improve
  • Create and nurture a fun, exciting, creative and productive work environment.
  • Work with only the most enjoyable and motivated clients and co-workers.
  • When having the choice to being right or being kind, be kind

Sellers come to us because of our reputation for getting homes sold; buyers come to us because of our reputation of having desirable properties- many to choose from!

We are:

  • A firm that is known in the community to have a reputation for professionalism.
  • A firm that invests a considerable amount of time & money exposing real estate to attract qualified buyers.
  • A firm that can serve you and a buyer with hundreds of different financing sources to assure qualified buyers can obtain the funds to buy your property.
  • A firm that has at its fingertips a contact list of skilled trades, movers, cleaners & legal & financial professionals.
  • A firm that will screen possible buyers so only those who are qualified, that is, who can afford and have the money to buy your property. (See our Dedicated Buyer Program. We attract high end buyers daily!)
  • A firm that is not afraid to tell you the brutal truth and not just what you want to hear.
  • A firm that sells properties, not just lists them!

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To make sure Sutton Group Envelope Real Estate Brokerage is more than prepared when we work with a home seller, we always make sure we are 100% certain of what will lead to a timely sale for the best possible price before any property we represent even gets near the active London Real Estate market.

Those extra few days, effort and diligence we spend is to make sure it is being done right and saves home sellers weeks if not months of market time in the end and is worth every second of preparation it takes.

 First impressions are everything

A recent study has shown that over 94. 6% of all homes sold were viewed for the first time on the internet by the eventual buyer. This is an enormous change in a short time for the real estate industry and has literally made how well a real estate company in London “markets” a property their most important skill set.

At Sutton Group Envelope Real Estate we truly grasp that technology plays a huge role in the art of selling a home and we are always up on the latest technology, but at the same time, understanding that real estate is still a people business!

Courtesy, professionalism and good work habits are integral traits of a very good Realtor.

From virtual tours of your home from a buyer’s desk top or handheld device, we spare no expense to insure our listings are presented online in the best possible way. Along with our distinctive signage, social media, and blogging and on over 50 websites, your home is seen!

The pictures and other web based presentation tools are now truly the difference between a buyer seeing and potentially buying a home and a buyer simply deleting it from their search never to be considered again as a viable purchasing option.

We create a personal website for all of our listings so we can direct buyers to as much detail about our listings as possible.  When you go on to most real estate company’s websites to look at a particular home for sale, your home and every other agent’s home is shown as well. Who is competing with whom?

Buying a House London Ontario

There are always many homes for sale in London Ontario and making our listings stand out against our client’s competition is our most important role.

Market Based Pricing

When the initial list price for a property is too high for the current market, it guarantees that the property will be on the market for an extended period of time. A consequence of an extended time on the market is that potential buyers develop an unfavorable opinion of the home prior to even viewing it.

Rational or not, buyers often believe that there must be something wrong with a property if it has been listed on the market for a long period of time.

To avoid this, Envelope Real Estate Brokerage uses an exhaustive market based comparison approach to insure that your home is priced right from the start, allowing us to sell your property for the best possible price in the shortest time possible.

(Our research on your property, neighbourhood sales, and market data takes on average 3 hours which we invest before we even meet!)

At least, check us out, there’s more

How Buyers Find A House For Sale in London Ontario


How do London Ontario Houses sell?

How do homes sell?  It is the skill of creating sale-ability of a home.  Here are some statistics of how homes sell:

1%       of houses are sold from Open Houses.  This is only applicable if a thorough mailing to prospective buyers and proper advertising has been done.  Otherwise very few serious buyers go to Open Houses.

4%       of houses are sold through advertising in the newspaper or other real estate publications

6%       of homes are found by the buyer himself or the seller finding the buyer himself, A for Sale by Owner (FSBO)   in most of these cases, one party or the other hires a sales representative to handle the paperwork.

89%     of homes are sold through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS)  when listed with a real estate company – providing a reasonable price is offered.  Yet, some homes listed for sale do not sell or take quite a while to sell!.  This is where  knowledge and expertise is required to get a home sold for the highest price and quickly.

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89%     of homes that are sold through the Multiple Listing Service are sold by sales representatives who market for buyers daily!  Remember, real estate sales representatives sell real estate!

How many sales representatives actively look for buyers daily?  I don’t have any statistics on this, but according to the National Association of Realtors, 7% of the sales representatives are doing 93% of the total real estate business nationwide!  As an example, if you had 100 homes for sale, 7 sales representatives would sell 93 homes and 93 sales representatives would divide the sale of only 7 homes among themselves.


The size of a real estate company or its name has very little to do with the sale of your home or any other property.  Yes, there are some companies, which sell hundreds of homes, but they also have hundreds of sales representatives.  The average of sold homes per sales representative is usually very low.

Discounting commissions or making deals with sales representatives that you, too, can sell   the house will not change the facts of how homes are really sold.  Something important to keep in mind:

If the only way the sales representative can get the listing is by discounting commission, you can be sure they will also discount the price of your home when negotiating an offer on your home!

It will only take that much longer for you to realize that you have to do something else in order to sell your home.

Price a House in London Ontario, High or Low?

More Money When You List Your House For Sale in London Ontario

When  a seller sits down to interview Realtors, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement over choosing a sales price. More money means more financial opportunities for the homeowner. Perhaps it means the seller can afford to buy a more expensive home, help pay for their child’s  education or take that long overdue vacation. Unfortunately, some home sellers often choose the Realtor who suggests the highest list price, which is one of the worst mistakes a seller can make.

Interviewing a Realtor

Establishing Value

The truth is it doesn’t really matter how much money you think your home is worth. Nor does it matter what your Realtor thinks or ten other Realtors just like her. The person whose opinion matters is the buyer who makes an offer and their Realtor. Pricing homes is part art and part science. It involves comparing similar properties, making adjustments for the differences among them, tracking market movements and taking stock of present inventory, all in an attempt to come up with a range of value, an educated opinion.

This method is the same way an appraiser evaluates a home. And no two appraisals are ever exactly the same; however, they are generally close to each other. In other words, there is no hard and fast price tag to slap on your home. It’s only an educated guess and the market will dictate the price.

Is it Too Low?

Homes sell at a price a buyer is willing to pay and a seller is willing to accept. If a home is priced too low, priced under the competition, the seller should receive multiple offers to drive up the price to market value. So there is little danger in pricing a home too low. The danger lies in pricing it too high and selecting your Realtor solely on opinion of value.

How It Starts To Go Wrong :  

Here is a story of a seller who did not interview her Realtor. She plucked the first one off the Internet because, “She looked like such a nice person.” She priced her home at $419,000. This Realtor never heard the experienced Realtors chuckling or shaking their heads  at the price. After 90 days, the listing expired.

Continues To Go Wrong The next Realtor,  who was referred to her by a co-worker, ( again, no interview)  listed the home at $404,900. Months passed and eventually the price dropped to just under $390,000. Still no takers. A few tire kickers, but no serious buyers.

More Than a Year Later By the time the last Realtor was hired to list this home, the seller had grown weary and exhausted, exasperated and of course, discouraged.  It was now 12 months later. Together, the seller and her professional listing Realtor priced the home at $385,000. It immediately sold for no conditions. The sad part is the comparable sales in the neighborhood fully justified a price of $400,000, but the home had been on the market for too long at the wrong price, and now the market had softened.

Some Realtors Specialize in Expired Listings There are Realtors  whose basic real estate practice is comprised of finding expired listings and relisting them at market value. I know one  who sits in a small room with a phone, desk and chair, dialing number after number. Last year she sold more than 17 homes & has 3 active listings right now. She makes a pretty good living repackaging overpriced homes.

pricing a home to sell

Protect Yourself

The question is how much money have those expired listings cost the sellers? The financial loss often exceeds the extra mortgage payments paid and goes beyond the uncompensated hassle factor of trying to keep a home spotless during showings. It affects the value that a buyer ultimately chooses to pay because it’s not a fresh listing anymore. It’s now stale, dated, a market-worn home that was overpriced for too long.

If you or anyone else you know who may be selling a home, don’t let it happen to you.

Work with a professional Realtor and ask these questions before you hire anyone!

Some London Ontario Home Sellers Hurt Themselves

Why do some London Ontario home sellers hurt themselves and most times are not aware they do?

I was discussing this with a client of mine the other day as we had put in an offer on a house in London that had been on the market for about 51 days (the average is 27) and why the seller was being difficult?  Even his Realtor felt our offer was really good and was becoming exasperated with his client.

It reminded me of a guest blog a few years back and here it is:

Via Mike Carlier ABR CRS GRI (MarketLink Realty):

When sellers sign a listing agreement, they indebt the listing broker  to the fiduciary duties that they deserve from us.  Often, sellers do things that help the eventual buyer gain an advantage in the sales process.  Sometimes, sellers are their own worst enemies.

 I’m thinking about asking sellers to sign a statement acknowledging that they understand that certain acts or omissions by them will decrease the final price they receive and increase the time it will take to get there.  Here’s my first draft of possible acknowledgments:


•1.       I understand that my asking price will define the expectations and limit the number of buyers who see my home.  An unreasonably high asking price will create unreasonable expectations from buyers.


•2.       I understand that there is a finite number of buyers who may want to see my home.  Every appointment request that I refuse will significantly limit my chance of receiving an offer, and increase the amount of time needed to sell my home.


•3.       Every day my home is on the market is a day closer to a price reduction and/or failure to sell.  In the near term, housing data indicates that my home has a higher market value today than it will at any time during the duration of the listing agreement.  It is in my best interest to sell quickly, even if I don’t absolutely have to move soon.


•4.     Buyers typically tour between four and forty homes.  My home needs to be in first place to get them to make an offer.  If its price, condition, and presentation are not number one, I will not get an offer.

Close doesn’t count.

By the way, finally the seller listened to his experienced Realtor and accepted our offer.

Making It Easy For Buyers to See Your London Ontario Home For Sale

When putting your house or condo in London and area up for sale, have you thought about how and when buyers will see your home?

Making it easy for buyer to see your London Ontario home for sale

If possible, schedule showings in the same way that is used by a majority of the homes in your area.  This may be by special appointment or by a lockbox system.   Remember that this will be the buyer’s first contact with your home, and it should set a positive tone.

Make the buyer and agent feel welcome.  Be as flexible on timing as possible.  The buyer may be viewing many homes over a large area.  (The average buyer sees 4-9 homes before making a decision)

Being flexible is very important and while inconvenient or disruptive at times, when a buyer is willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for your home, be flexible.

If you wanted to buy a car on a Thursday afternoon but one of the dealerships is closed, would you go someplace else? Or, you are in London with your family for the weekend only and some homes you would like to see you cannot because the home seller is too busy or tired? ( True story, a $550,000 house and the seller was too busy & did not have the time to keep the house tidy!) By the way, that house did sell eventually, 1 month later for $529,900!

I can recall instances in which the seller came to the door in a hostile way and demanded to know why we were 5 minutes late. Last weekend my clients and I got to a house that we had made an appointment to see (11:30 AM to 12) and we got there at 11:55 AM and the man in the house ranted and raved that we were disrupting his day and yadda,yadda yadda! We left, never even left the hallway and by the way, in this very vibrant housing market, the house has been on the market 51 days! Hmmmmm! I wonder why?

Many people have a strong reluctance to intrude or bother other people.  Remember that the decision to buy a home can be emotional & stressful, you most likely feel the same way when you are selling your home.

Have you ever tried to make your way through a corn maze out in the country? If you don’t know the layout, it’s probably going to take you a long time to find your way through.

You’ll hit a lot of dead ends, go around in circles a few times, and maybe even become frustrated before you finally find your way out.

The same can be said about selling a home in London Ontario.

Real estate transactions are not something you do every day, so you’re not as familiar with their “layout”. As a result, the process of preparing your home for sale, getting it listed, dealing with viewings and buyers, and negotiating offers can potentially be very stressful… so stressful, in fact, you might be discouraged from making a move!

That’s why finding someone who knows the London Ontario real estate market is so important. He or she knows the maze and can guide you through it.

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How To Prepare Your London Ontario Home to Sell

       How To Prepare Your Home to Sell In London Ontario

Every seller wants her home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Does that sound good to you? Well, it’s not luck that makes that happen. It’s careful planning and knowing how to  spruce up your home that will send home buyers scurrying for their cheque books. Here is how to prep a house  and turn it into an irresistible and marketable home.

Time Required: Seven to 10 Days

How to prepare your London Ontario Home to sell

Here’s How:

      1.        Disassociate Yourself With Your Home.

  • Say to yourself, “This is not my home; it is a house– a product to be sold much like a new home builder will do it. It is bricks and mortar!
  • Make the mental decision to “let go” of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.
  • Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners!
  • Say goodbye to every room.
  • Don’t look backwards — look toward the future.


2.            De-Personalize.
Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can’t see past personal artifacts, and you don’t want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can’t do that if yours are there! You don’t want to make any buyer ask, “I wonder what kind of people live in this home?” You want buyers to say, “I can see myself living here.”

3.            De-Clutter!
People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it.

  • If you don’t need it, why not donate it or throw it away?
  • Remove all books from bookcases.
  • Pack up those knickknacks.
  • Clean off everything on kitchen counters.
  • Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
  • Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.


4.            Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets.
Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means:

  • Alphabetize spice jars.
  • Neatly stack dishes.
  • Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.
  • Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.
  • Line up shoes.

organizing your house or condo before it sells

5.            Rent a Storage Unit. 
Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don’t want buyers scratching their heads and saying, “What is this room used for?”

6.            Remove/Replace Favorite Items.
If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won’t want it. Once you tell a buyer she can’t have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.

         7.          Make Minor Repairs.

  • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
  • Patch holes in walls.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Fix doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
  • Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls.
  • (Don’t give buyers any reason to remember your home as “the house with the orange bathroom.”)
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.
  • If you’ve considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now!

minor repairs to your home


      8.         Make the House Sparkle!

  • Wash windows inside and out.
  • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
  • Clean out cobwebs.
  • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
  • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
  • Clean out the refrigerator.
  • Vacuum daily.
  • Wax floors.
  • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
  • Bleach dingy grout.
  • Replace worn rugs.
  • Hang up fresh towels.
  • Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows.
  • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.


  9.          Scrutinize.

  • Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?
  • Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.
  • Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense.
  • Make sure window coverings hang level.
  • Tune in to the room’s statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and pizzazz?
  • Does it look like nobody lives in this house? You’re almost finished.

10.          Check Curb Appeal.

If a buyer won’t get out of her Realtor’s car because she doesn’t like the exterior of your home, you’ll never get her inside.

  • Keep the sidewalks cleared.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Paint faded window trim.
  • Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive. (But not in the winter, marigolds hate winter!)
  • Trim your bushes.
  • Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.

And now, you are ready and all the moaning and groaning, elbow grease and some effort, you can now expect to receive more money for your home! Pretty good return on your investment is it not?

Let me show you how.