In the past, I have written blogs with tips and tricks on how to successfully sell your home. If you Google search “how to sell my home” you will find hundreds of articles. There definitely isn’t a shortage of information out there with home-selling help. But what about the things you shouldn’t do? While there are lots of things you can do to sell your home quickly, there is certainly a list of things you should absolutely avoid. As always, I am here to help! Here is a quick list of some things you should NOT do when trying to sell your home:

1. Do not neglect the lawn, yard, and landscaping. Some home sellers think- Who cares about the yard – it’s the house they are coming to see. This is can be a very costly mistake. Your yard is an extension of your home, it sets the expectation of the buyers before they have even stepped into your home. Make sure to trim unruly bushes, pull some weeds, spread fresh mulch and keep the yard mowed – great curb appeal makes all the difference in the world.

2. Do not be there during the showings. Many times, sellers are so anxious to sell their home, they say too much. And buyers are uncomfortable with talking amongst themselves if the sellers are in the house. If you have to be there – wait outside or in your car. Give the buyers a chance to look around your home and ask their realtor questions without you there to listen.

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3. Do not have lingering odors in your house. Give your house the “sniff test” before showings. Nothing is more off-putting to a prospective buyer than a house that smells stale … or worse. Don’t fry food or cook with spices. Make sure to clean out the litter box. Definitely do not smoke in your house! More than once I have gone into a house with a buyer and they immediately turned around and walked out because of smoke or pet odors. Make sure to empty the garbage, give wood furniture a quick polish, load dirty clothes in the wash, and remove anything that will give off offensive smells.

4. Do not leave clutter around the house. You want the rooms and closets in your home to look as big as possible. Put things in storage if you have to. This applies to shelves and pictures on walls. You don’t want the buyer looking at your personal items – you want them to think of where they might place their own items!

5. Do not leave the lights off. The realtor and the buyer might not be able to find all the light switches in your home and compact florescent bulbs are slow to warm up. You want your home to look as bright and welcoming as possible. So before you leave, make sure to turn on all the lights. I know this isn’t exactly environmentally friendlybut I am sure you can make up for it somewhere else.

What should you do? Hire an awesome listing agent and listen carefully to their advice. Look at the process of selling your home as an adventure. Remember that your realtor is on your side, and that they want the process to go as smoothly as possible for you. If you are looking to sell your home, give me a call. I would be happy to work with you and guide you through the process of selling your home. Contact me at 732-713-0051 or