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A step-by-step guide to selling your home

You are considering selling your home, but like many, the thought of such a daunting task has you instantly overwhelmed—you are certainly not alone. There is no denying that there is a lot to do, but using this helpful step-by-step guide will give you a basic game plan to get your momentum moving forward.

Step 1: Do your homework

Finding the right agent is paramount because you want someone you trust, who seems to get you and what you want, who is honest and direct, and who understands the market and the neighborhood in which you are trying to sell your home. “Interview” several agents and find out the methods, tools, and resources they use to get your home seen and sold. Ask them what other human resources they have in order to provide you with the best service.

Step 2: De-Clutter

While you are on the hunt for a realtor, it is time to de-clutter. When you enter each room, visualize how you wish that it looked and felt. Use that as a starting point. Clear out an area in your storage room or other space where you can put all the items that you are de-cluttering but keeping. Get rid of everything that you do not or have not used in a year or two (let’s face it, you probably aren’t ever going to). Host a garage sale or give it away to a shelter or Goodwill. Box up valuables that you want to take with you but don’t want to have on display. Remove any furniture that isn’t essential or that makes your home feel smaller and more cramped. Go through all your closets and box up out-of-season clothing. In the office, get rid of papers that are outdated and unused. In the kitchen, remove any unused appliances, tools, and items on your counters. Clean out and remove the outdated foods in your pantry and your refrigerator.

Step 3 – Repairs

All those things you wanted to do and/or wish that you had done ions ago, now need to be added to a “to do” list. Tightening that door knob, caulking around your tub, replacing the kitchen faucet that leaks. You name it! Those little things matter, and fortunately, they are pretty easy to do.

Step 4 – Paint

Painting is one of the easiest and fastest things you can do to freshen up your home. Look to neutral colors (ivory, beige, light gray) that make a space feel clean, airy, and bright, and then possibly accenting the room with a few new pillows in trending colors (classic blue in 2020).

Step 5 – Deep Clean

A deep professional clean would be ideal when you are about ready to have your home shown. Of course, you can DIY deep clean, just plan for a good 7-10 days to hit all the areas that may be important to potential buyers.

Step 6 – Landscaping

Take some time to upgrade your landscaping. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to give your home some curb appeal. Add flowers, mow the lawn, have someone weed the driveway.

Step 7 – Take great photos

Capture your home when the light is the best. Make sure indoor pictures capture natural light that gives a nice aura to your home. Your realtor may want to take photos too and do a video tour to help get your home out to as many potential buyers as possible. (Note: Take photos of your home during its best season (Spring? Fall?) even if you aren’t planning to sell during that season. It will be much better than those pictures with gray skies and snowdrifts when you eventually want to sell your home.)

Step 8 – Sign the contract and put up a sign

I hope that you will consider me to be your agent. I pride myself on my honest, detailed, passionate nature to help you sell your home. My clients are my priority; they are my work family. Allow me to work hard for you—from hanging the sign to closing the deal. Call me at

Coldwell Banker, 231-894-5611 or email me at tricia.carlson@cbgreatlakes.com

so you can be confident you will not only get your home sold, but you will also gain a friend who cares about your family and making your dreams come true.

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