Jennifer Yankovec
Phone: (952) 253-5600
Cell: (952) 215-1724

Selling your home

Selling A Home


Studies show that home sellers who use a real estate agent to represent them generally get a better price than those who sell the home themselves. Real estate agents are up-to-date on critical processes and can help keep you out of trouble. They can also help you get your home sold at the best price in the right time frame. Equally as important, real estate agents add objectivity to an inherently emotional transaction: the sale of your home.

Before Your Home Is Listed

It’s important to have your home in good showing condition before buyers start going through it. Here are some steps to take:

Touch up interior and exterior paint as needed.

Install new carpeting and flooring if it appears worn or dated.

Make sure the front is clean and spruced up – curb appeal will create a favorable first impression.

Trim bushes and plants as needed, and make sure the lawn is kept mowed and trimmed. In autumn, rake the leaves; in winter, shovel the snow.

Keep the interior clean, decluttered and odor-free. Eliminate evidence of pets.

Minimize personal items such as family photos. You want buyers to see themselves living in the home.

Consider putting excess furniture and belongings in storage. Now’s the time to clean out the garage and basement and sell, give away or throw away items you don’t need anymore.

Consider having a pre-listing inspection performed. Buyers will be hiring professional inspectors; here’s your chance to address problems in advance.

Consider engaging a professional stager to give your home the right emotional appeal.

My Preferred Stager is:

Paulette Goodno                                                                                                         Transformations Interior Design and Feng Shui Consultant                                                                                                                                                                                                         Direct: 952-942-6847                                                                                                                Cell: 952-240-8720

If there are minor items that need to be fixed, hire a handyman or contractor to get these taken care of before you put your home on the market.
I can also provide references for any other professional you may need to make your home ready for listing.

During the Listing Period

When potential buyers schedule a visit to your home, make sure you, your family and any larger pets are absent. Buyers want to be free to explore and to imagine themselves in the home and that’s tough to do if the Sellers are there. Have fresh flowers in the entryway. It makes for a friendly introduction into your home. Leave your radio on to a classical music station at a low volume during showings. If offers are made that don’t match your hoped-for price, don’t reject them offhand. Pay attention to your agent’s advice. Consider dropping the price if a month or two goes by with few or no offers, but if you have positioned your home properly from the start, this shouldn’t be necessary.