First Time Home Seller? – Where to Start

First Time Home Seller? Where to Start

Now that you have decided to put your home on the market it is very common to feel overwhelmed and possibly even confused about where to start. These are completely normal emotions. I have put together some strategies and pro tips to get your home sold faster and for more money.   

Hi, I’m John Garuti with JG3 Homes, Brokered by eXp Realty. The fastest growing real estate brokerage in the world.  Today I am sharing tips on how to get your home sold fast in Southwest Florida. 

If you follow this plan, you will gain knowledge and preparation techniques to increase appeal and value for eager house hunters. 

Step 1. Declutter and Deep Clean 

This can be a long process but the sooner you start the better off you will be in the short and long term of your move process.  Take a really good look at each room and pack up excess items. The best way to define this is: anything that you won’t need for the next few months.  Box, Label and Relocate. I recommend a number and brief description spreadsheet or handwritten chart to keep your items organized.

In your save for later boxes Include personal items such as pictures, trophies and travel mementos keeping in mind you’ve got to move the stuff anyways. You’re just fast tracking the process.

Decluttering: When you come across an item ask yourself

When was the last time I used this? When will I use it again? Does it make me happy?

If you answer “No” or “I don’t know” to any of these questions,  place it in a bin for donation. 

Next, you want to make sure that your home is spic and span. When buyers see dirty and unkept homes they are statistically less likely to return.  Decluttering and Deep Cleaning gives your home a bigger and brighter appearance. 

PRO TIP: Help your home shine to prospective buyers by oiling wood, polishing appliances and hardware such as: door knobs and handles on your cabinets. Steam cleaning grout yields astonishing results.

#2. Make sure all mechanical items are in full working order. For instance your Air Conditioning, Water heater and Oven. You also want to finish any side projects you started but didn’t get around to finishing especially if they relate to the house structure. For example: mending a fence, replacing a door latch or hinge. 

#3 Any nicks and scuff marks should be spackled and painted. If you can’t remember when your home had a fresh coat of paint on the walls, you may want to consider painting in neutral colors. Oftentimes, buyers opt for homes where they can easily envision transplanting themselves and their lives. Colors matter and although you may really love that orange kitchen, it could be a turn off to the buyer.  Sellers only get one chance at a first impression. Creating a strong first one can make or break a deal. 


A tidy landscape with cut and trimmed lawn and outside living space is HUGE! Now, I am not suggesting you necessarily install a new landscape or garden. Simply consider sweeping sidewalks, pavers and stepping stones. Cleaning out gutters and even tree / shrub trimming. Take a broom and knock down cobwebs at your entrance and exits and make sure yard toys are picked up and organized. 

PRO TIP: Buyers start their evaluation process before they even get out of the car!

To learn more practical tips about home preparation for the market, watch my next video.  

If you are ready to talk about and create a to-do list for your home RIGHT now: Call me John Garuti with JG3 Homes Brokered by EXP Realty at 941 916 2859.

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