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Before photos are taken and before the first showing, consider the following action items:
  • Clean deeply.
  • Paint some or all of your house.
  • Do minor repairs such as caulking tubs and windows.
  • Consider major repairs – we’ll identify them during the walk-through
  • Stage your furniture to showcase your home’s best features. We can connect you with great local staging professionals.
  • Remove personal items such as family photos.
  • Declutter every surface and storage space.
  • Reorganize your closets and pack excess items.
  • Eliminate odors by cleaning the fireplace or shampooing rugs.
  • Create an appealing color scheme with curtains or pillows to warm up your home.
  • Upgrade your lighting or light bulbs to make your rooms brighter.
  • Spruce up the landscaping.
  • Power-wash your decks and sidewalks, if needed.


What can I expect during the showing process?

Three important things you can do to help get your house sold are:
  • Leave when your house is being shown. Buyers prefer to look at homes when they can move around freely and the owners aren’t there. They will also be more willing to voice concerns, which we can then address.
  • Make your house as available as possible. While it may be inconvenient to show your home at certain times, buyers who can’t see a property when they’re eager may cross it off their list.
  • Consider any feedback we receive from buyers or their agents.

Tips for last-minute prep just prior to any showing:

  • Turn on the lights and open the blinds for maximum light.
  • Take out the garbage and clear and dust surfaces.
  • Make the beds.
  • Take your pets with you and put away pet bowls.
  • Hide your valuables and turn off your computer(s).
  • Set the temperature.
  • Put out fresh towels.

What is an offer?

An offer to buy your home is a purchase agreement signed by the potential buyer that includes:

  • The amount of the offer
  • An explanation of how the buyer will pay, such as cash or a pre-approval for financing
  • The terms – such as a request for closing-cost help or contingencies such as the sale of the buyer’s house, a final mortgage approval, a satisfactory home inspection, and an appraisal
  • A target date for closing
  • A time limit for the offer

Reviewing Offers

Once you receive your first offer (or offers), we’ll evaluate that offer and decide how to respond.

How do I evaluate each offer?

When you receive an offer to buy your home, we’ll review it and consider whether you want to accept it. Whether you have one offer or several, we’ll look at:
  • The amount offered
  • Whether the buyer has included or waived contingencies
  • Where the funds are coming from, such as all-cash, a reputable local lender, a well-known online lender, or an unknown out-of-town lender
  • The proposed closing date and date of possession of the house to see if it aligns with your needs
  • Any special requests for items to convey or for special inspections

What happens if I receive multiple offers?

If you receive multiple offers, we’ll explore the following options:
  • Accept the best offer. If one offer stands above the rest, you can accept that one right away. But be careful not to be swayed by a high offer if the financing seems uncertain or if the buyer hasn’t explained a plan for a possible low appraisal.
  • Counter all the offers to get a better price and terms. You can ask all potential buyers to give you their best offer by a certain deadline.
  • Counter one offer that’s close to what you want. If you like one offer but think the buyer could do a little better, you can send them a counteroffer to see if they’ll accept.

I’ll work on your behalf to negotiate the terms of your sale.

What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a thorough review of your home’s structure and systems by a professional home inspector. A buyer can use the inspection report to decide to rescind their offer if a major issue is uncovered, or to request repairs if the contract is contingent on a satisfactory report. In some cases, a home inspection is solely for the buyer’s information and can’t be used to negotiate.

What is looked at during a home inspection?

The inspector will check:
  • Structural conditions such as the foundation, beams, and floors
  • Roof condition
  • Mechanical systems such as heat and air conditioning
  • Appliances – to make sure they’re working, although some inspectors skip appliances that are not built-in
  • Plumbing – for leaks, rust, and water pressure
  • Electrical systems such as grounded outlets and code violations
  • Safety issues such as stairs, handrails, mold, or chimney maintenance

What’s not looked at during a home inspection?

The general inspector won’t check some items that are unusual or inaccessible, such as:
  • Septic systems
  • Wells
  • Underground pipes and sprinkler systems
  • Swimming pools and spas
  • Playground equipment

However, the buyer can also decide to pay for specialized pest inspections, roof and chimney inspections, foundation inspections and sewer inspections to see if any of these systems have issues that require repair.

How should I prepare for an inspection?

Before the home inspector arrives, you should:
  • Clean your house.
  • Remove or crate your pets.
  • Make sure all your light bulbs work.
  • Empty your washing machine, dryer, oven, and dishwasher – in case they are inspected.
  • Make sure everything is accessible, including your attic, crawlspace, garage, and any sheds.
  • Leave a note if anything doesn’t work and explain that you’re getting it fixed.
  • Provide documents about maintenance and repairs.
  • Leave your phone number for the inspector.
  • Leave the house.


You’ve successfully sold your home. Please keep in touch with us for all of your future real estate or home ownership needs. We’re always happy to connect you with great local contractors. And should you ever want to buy or sell again in the future, we would love to help!


Got questions? We’re ready for anything!