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Home Selling Tips

You’ve made the decision to sell your home…now what? Every homeowner faces this question when they decide to sell. It’s not as easy as just sticking a sign in the yard with hopes of someone stopping in. Once they ARE there, what can you do to make your home more appealing and sell faster? Here are a few projects that can help with that.

Make Repairs

Fix things like leaky faucets and sticky cabinets, and replace old screens. They may seem insignificant, but minor repairs add up in the mind of a potential buyer. They tend to overestimate how much repairs cost. You don’t want to give them any reason not to put in an offer.

Clean It Good

Clean every inch of your house, and don’t forget to make your windows and floors sparkle. If your carpet appears old and stained, think about replacing it. Also, make sure there are no offensive odors. Purchase an air-neutralizing spray that will help remove odors without creating an overwhelming masking odor. Clean homes sell!

Pre-listing Inspection

No one likes unexpected surprises (especially not the good ones). A pre-listing inspection before your real estate agent places the “For Sale” out front will help you in the long run.

If a seller has a pre listing inspection, he or she will then be aware of every issue present in the home and can make repairs to make it easier to sell. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors explained that making repairs before listing a home can help it show better.

If the seller chooses not to make the repairs, he or she can at least be aware of issues present in the home, which allows him or her to fully disclose this information to potential buyers. It also gives the seller more leverage during negotiations because he or she will not be unprepared.

Remove the Clutter

This includes personal photos and portraits. Less is always more. The less clutter and knickknacks you have lying around, the more potential buyers will be able to see your home and what it offers. Remember, you are selling your house, not your stuff. Plus, getting a head start on packing will eliminate some stress down the road.

Curb Appeal Works

Pull weeds, rake leaves and trim overgrown shrubs, especially if they block windows or the path to your front door. Also, take the opportunity to pressure wash the exterior and other surfaces to put your home’s best foot forward.

A fresh coat of trim paint will make your home appear larger, brighter and more appealing to potential buyers.

Keep It Showing Ready
It may be a little inconvenient, but until you accept an offer, keep your home in tip-top shape at all times. What this means is that each room should have a clear purpose, nice flow and be clean and clutter-free. Buyers need to be able to picture themselves and their things in a room, and taking these steps will help ensure that.

Questions? Ask Allan!

Let A  Raleigh Triangle Real Estate Specialist Get It Sold

If you are ready to sell your home in the Raleigh/Durham area, Allan Pharr can provide the marketing expertise you need to achieve the highest selling price in the shortest time frame. From a complimentary, comprehensive evaluation of your home’s value and unique selling features to implementation of a customized marketing plan, Allan Pharr oversees every detail of the sales process, making the experience easier for you every step of the way.


Studies show that 98% of home purchases are the direct result of a real estate agent and Allan Pharr taps into that valuable resource by making your listing available to over 100,000 realtors nationwide.


Until your home is “SOLD”, there is no break in advertising. Our custom marketing materials, which feature photos taken by an award-winning real estate photographer as well as detailed property information, are targeted to the online and print publications that are most likely to have readers looking to buy in your area.


Other real estate agents represent an excellent opportunity to connect the right buyer with your property. When your house is staged and ready, Allan hosts an open house exclusively for brokers, giving them a personal tour of your property as well as custom marketing material they can easily share with their clients.


Allan also hosts open houses for potential buyers that are widely advertised through the realtor MLS, local newspapers, and online. Guests are given a tour that highlights your home’s top features and selling points and Allan personally follows up with those who have potential to be the right buyer.

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