11.5 Tips To Get Your Home Sold Fast; For Top Dollar

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11 and a half Tips To Get Your Home Sold Quickly; For Top Dollar


Everyone wants to get the most for their home with the least headaches, try a few of these tips to make it happen.

Then give me a call and I can share a few more.



Step 1: Declutter!!!!

  • Clean out the overstuffed closets
  • Minimize the furniture, donate the extra furniture, it just makes your rooms seem too small.
  • Clean off the counter tops.
  • Clean out the crowded cabinets.
  • Pack up the knickknacks early, the tend to distract and add to the clutter.
  • Put a good share of your extra stuff into storage until after the move.



Step 2: Hide the Pet evidence.

  • Take them with you or send to a sitter during ALL showings.
  • Clean up the stains
  • Get rid of the Odors, hire a professional if needed.
  • Ask a few people who do Not live in the house if they can smell the evidence, you may not be able to.


Step 3: Be Gone During Showings!

  • Don’t be that annoying seller that makes the sellers uncomfortable and distracts them from seeing the home of their dreams. 
  • Think about how uncomfortable you feel when a pushy salesperson wont leave you alone.


Step 4: Remember the First Offer is often the Best offer.

  • Ready serious buyers generally are quick to put up a good price, you may want to accept it.
  • The longer the home is on the market, the less it will generally get as people start to think that there is something wrong with it.
  • Over pricing a home is a classic way to create a stigmatized home that lingers on the market too long.


Step 5: Be Ready to Negotiate if you don’t like the offer.

  • Far too many get offended and kill the deal when with a little negotiation they may get to a very good deal.
  • Every offer is nothing more than a starting point, and many buyers feel compelled to see how far you will go.
  • Bonus tip, sometimes it helps to Under-price your home, generating several buyers who will bid the price up.

Step 6: Replace everything that is old and worn.

  • Carpeting, rugs, flooring
  • Paint the walls a fresh neutral color.
  • Replace the hardware, switch covers, door handles, light fixtures, faucets, etc.

Step 7: Curb Appeal is often the Only impression you get.

  • A great first impression is so critically important.
  • Landscaping - Trim hedges, reseed the lawn, plant some flowers.
  • Make sure the outside of the home pops – Clean Windows, Painted door, power clean the siding, paint the trim.
  • Take some photos then sit down with everyone you know and look for opportunities to find things that need improvement.

Step 8: Depersonalize

  • Put away your treasures, photos, knickknacks, kids stuff, hunting trophies, collections.
  • Let the buyers imagine their treasure in the home, not yours.

Step 9: Bright and Sunny

  • Open up and clean the windows
  • Get rid of anything that keeps the light out, drapes, blinds, dirty windows.
  • Put in quality lighting, high wattage bulbs.
  • Paint over or get rid of all dark walls, paneling, etc.

Step 10: Put Mr. Fixit to work!

  • Fix Everything that is broken, or nearly broken.
  • May want to hire an inspector ahead of time and get those things fixed now before selling it rather than later when the buyer sends you a request list.


Step 11: Kitchens are Key!

Remember the Kitchen is the most important room that generally tips the scales for buyers, make sure yours is clean, modern, uncluttered, and sure to Wow!


Bonus Tip, It Pays to hire the Best!

  • When it really matters, hire an Amazing Realtor®
  • A well trained and experienced Keller Willams agent like myself will be money well spent when you find out all the ways they will help you to eliminate the headaches of selling your home while finding you the best buyer for your home.





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  1. Roy Kelley 07/25/2018 01:00 AM
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Loved your title. The 11.5 tips really makes one curious.

May 07, 2018 12:44 AM #1
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Bob.

Of course you know you got my attention with the 11.5 tips.  Just had to read it, Carol Williams here is another one

May 07, 2018 02:15 AM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

This is excellent advice to share with home sellers.

Have an outstanding week.

May 07, 2018 07:05 AM #3
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Alliance Real Estate - Minot - Minot, ND
Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate

All good stuff Bob Crane but #4 sure has rung true for me many times.

May 08, 2018 06:32 PM #4
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Great tips but I bet the 1/2 tip is the real winner of the bunch!

May 09, 2018 09:29 AM #5
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Broker

Great tips.... thx for sharing!

May 10, 2018 05:02 PM #6
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob great post now if you could only have all the sellers agree to this post:))Endre

May 10, 2018 11:13 PM #7
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bob, excellent tips to get a home sold quickly and at top dollar.  Hire the right professional is so important! 

May 11, 2018 05:39 AM #8
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Great tips, Bob! All we want to get the listing for sale in a great shape and best look:) 

May 11, 2018 11:25 PM #9
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

All of these tips are great, Bob.  Though your half tip at the end is the most important.

May 12, 2018 04:55 AM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

This is a great list - and interesting video.  Getting the price right is so critical - obviously - therefore, the Bonus tip is my favorite. D

May 12, 2018 06:43 AM #11
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Very good list. And I was wondering what the 0.5 tip waas going to be. Good one!

May 12, 2018 09:48 AM #12
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

First offer is usually the best offer Bob Crane  I tell my sellers tht all the time  . Good post so glad Carol Williams  featured this in SCS

May 12, 2018 03:09 PM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Bob

Loved the creative title, and of course some really good information for home sellers! I think the .5 tip is really worth 1.5!

Have a great weekend!


May 12, 2018 05:06 PM #14
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Good video, Bob. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and great celebration tomorrow honoring Moms.

May 12, 2018 08:07 PM #15
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Thanks for the great advice and blog post Bob.  It is important to make a house show well.

May 13, 2018 02:17 PM #16
Sadia Khan

Thanks for the great list and professional advice - TechLarva

May 14, 2018 11:28 AM #17
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I was drawn in by a half tip.

Great list that is certain to make a difference in the sale of your home.

Thanks for sharing.

May 15, 2018 04:53 AM #18
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Bob, I agree with Lottie, 11.5 tips drew attention, and of course, you delivered.   If only all sellers would follower these tips.

May 17, 2018 08:55 PM #19
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I love the .5! It’s a great little effect that I really love! All of them are good and I might have to add the 12th one day.

May 20, 2018 09:18 PM #20
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