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A Step-by-Step First Time Seller's Guide

Putting your home on the market can be a stressful process, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced agent and this easy-to-follow guide, you can smoothly complete the process. Following these steps will help you prepare so you can get organized and sell your home for the best price possible.​​​​​​​


Step 1: several meetings with me

  • Initial walk-through to see the home (approximately 15-20 minutes).
  • The second meeting is to discuss a specific plan and next steps.
  • Fill out disclosures and home history as accurately as possible.
  • Listing Agreement and paperwork.

Step 2: get the property ready for the market

  • Staging suggestions were provided to help sell the home.
  • Deep clean, de-clutter, and get the home ready for photos.
  • Provide an extra key for the lock box to allow access for showings.

Step 3: Photographer appointment

  • I will hire a photographer.
  • We will communicate with you to set up a time to take the photos.

Step 4: Listing day

  • A RE/MAX sign will be installed in the front yard.
  • The listing goes live in the Multiple Listing Search portal (MLS), this is an online, live, up-to-date portal that is only accessible to Real Estate Agents. Agents will provide their clients with access to the portal and customize it so they receive updates on applicable properties.
  • Make sure the home is clean and ready.
  • Showings will be arranged.
  • I will present any feedback to you on a weekly basis.

Step 5: Offers

  • I will present and review all offers with you.
  • Accepting an offer is very situational based on price, terms, and conditions.
  • We will work together to decide the strengths and weaknesses of each offer, and I will provide you with my recommendations.
  • Ultimately it is your choice.

Step 6: Contract

  • Once we come to terms on an offer, we sign and go “under contract”.
  • Inspections
    • Buyers, buyer’s agents, and inspectors access the property for inspections at their expense. Inspections can take up to 4 hours. 
    • Buyers may have repair requests.

Step 7: Financing

  • A cash buyer may want to do an appraisal of the property (to verify home value).
  • A buyer financing the property will be required to have a third-party appraisal done on behalf of the lender. 
  • The buyer continues to work with the lender to get final approval to purchase the property.

Step 8: Closing

  • Remove all belongings from the property prior to closing day.
  • Buyers and their agents do a walk-through inspection prior to closing.
  • Once all the expectations have been met, we make the monetary transaction, sign all papers, and the house becomes the property of the buyer.


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My TOP Tips for Sellers

Regardless of the price, these tips will help make the home more attractive to potential buyers.

Welcome to the Hotel

  • When you are preparing the home, think about how it feels to walk into a hotel. The clean lines and tidy appearance are what will help buyers fall in love with the home

Initial Impressions & Curb Appeal

  • Tidy up landscaping by removing dead branches, leaves, and debris
  • Keep the lawn freshly cut, watered, and looking healthy
  • Touch up any peeling paint on the siding or trim
  • Shovel snow in the winter so potential buyers have clear access
  • De-clutter the porch and front yard
  • Go for a clean and tidy look
  • Put out a bright new “WELCOME” mat that compliments the home’s style

Don’t Let Buyers Get Distracted by STUFF

  • Clear all surfaces
  • Remove excess furniture
  • Remove family pictures, personal items, toys, etc. Help the buyer visualize themselves there
  • Clean out and streamline the contents of all closets
  • Make the beds
  • Put the toys away
  • Get packing
  • Sell, donate, or dispose of extra items you will not be taking

Think Deep Clean

  • Wash all walls
  • Clean out and deep clean all appliances
  • Wash all windows
  • Sweep/vacuum all rooms & all surfaces
  • Hire a professional cleaner if you can’t clean

Noses Lead the Way

  • Smelly homes turn off buyers
  • The home should smell pleasant
  • No overbearing scents
  • Limit cooking odors

Weekend Warrior: Interior Touch Ups

  • Swap out any outlet covers that are cracked, missing, or have been painted over with new ones
  • Replace any broken light bulb covers or update light fixtures
  • Go neutral: fresh paint on dark walls & remove wallpaper
  • Put a fresh seal of caulking around bathroom sinks and tubs


  • Showings can last anywhere between 5 minutes to an hour
  • Everyone should leave the house 10-15 minutes before the showing time and allow up to an hour
  • Make sure the house is sparkly clean
  • Wipe down all surfaces
  • Clean out sinks and put away any dishes
  • Turn on all the lights & open all blinds/curtains
  • Set the temperature at a comfortable setting
  • Secure valuables, firearms, medications etc

Bright & Airy Spaces

  • Make sure all blinds and curtains are open so potential buyers can see how much natural light comes in!
  • Turn on every light even if you get a lot of natural light. It might seem excessive but it will help the home shine!

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