You may be wondering.

The process of selling the house creates a question that cannot be answered until the sale agreement has been signed and the deposit check has been handed over. What will the selling price be?

In my experience, while you can’t know what your house will sell for, there is much that can be done to affect other people’s perceptions of its attractiveness and the value. Playing these factors against market conditions is the best approach to prepare a house for sale.

The other factor is marketing. How your house is presented on the market can be a major factor in feeling confident that you got the best price for it.

Here are some questions that I frequently got from my listing clients.


– This is a great question and my answer varies in degree depending on current market conditions, the type and condition of the home and the budget that we are working with. I personally don’t see the value of putting a dollar into the home if we can’t realize the dollar on the final sale. That being said, here are a few suggestions that I offer:

  • Fresh paint
  • New carpet and/or refinished hardwood
  • New hardware on kitchen cabinets
  • Remove builder light fixtures and replace with trendier ones
  • Remove builder door knobs and hinges and replace with nickel or iron
  • Have house professionally cleaned
  • Declutter and declutter

Beyond these suggestions, I like to have my team of professional stagers pop by for a free consultation—and from a design perspective they will make sure that your house looks stands out from other properties.


The length of time to sell a home depends on a variety of factors. The most essential is usually demand. It’s important for sellers to understand whether they are in a buyer or seller’s market because value is largely determined by supply and demand. Secondly, a key indicator is to look at the average days on market for similar priced homes in a given area. Finally, and perhaps most importantly it’s important to have a realtor who understands the complex dynamics of the real estate market and knows how to position your property in a competitive marketplace and get the highest price possible without underselling your most valuable asset. How exactly do you accomplish that, you might ask? Give me a call and I would love to tell you how I can ensure that you don’t undersell your home and get it sold in the least amount of time. But as a footnote, it typically takes me 8-14 days to sell any home based on my statistics from 2012 through 2014.

Looking for a new home? I’m here to help. Just let me know what you’re looking for.