Selling Your Home

Successfully Selling Local Real Estate in Bloomington

No matter what reason you have for selling your home, contact an experienced realtor like Jim Stafford, Realtor in Bloomington, IN.  Brian Buffini, real estate industry expert, says the 7 steps to getting your home sold are having an In-Depth Market Analysis…Property Enhancement Checklist…..Comprehensive Promotion and Marketing Plan…Crystal Clear Communication…..Negotiating and Structuring the Sale…Comprehensive Transaction Management and having a Client Appreciation Program.  This is the Blueprint for Getting a Home Sold!

Jump-Start Your Home Sale

Tip 1

Take a Fresh Look at Your Home

Your home looks great to you, but a buyer wants to see it since he and his family will be living in it – so take a fresh look at your dwelling.

Take a look at neighboring houses and see how you can get your home match their look.

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Tip 2

Clean Out the Clutter Before You Start to Sell

Before putting your home on the market, get rid of clutter in every area – closets, attic storage, kitchen cabinets, drawers, bath vanities, and shelves – everywhere. Potential buyers are seriously put off by clutter, and most of us drag a lot more things through life than we really need.

Also, don’t forget the furniture and fixtures when getting rid of clutter. Most of us put too much in too little space, which makes a buying prospect think your home is too small. This allows potential buyers to be able to visualize their stuff in your home.

Tip 3

To Sell, Sell, Sell: Clean, Clean, Clean

After you’ve cleared out the clutter, it’s time to really clean. Have the carpets professionally cleaned, scour the bathrooms, laundry room, and cabinets. In short, clean everything.

Don’t forget the exterior; paint or power-wash everything that needs the work. Remember, this is a ceiling-to-floor, roof-to-foundation clean-up project. Curb appeal is the first impression of your home.

Cleaning brush on the floor
Real Estate Agent - man making home repairs

It’s a good idea to get this done before getting the real estate agent to make the first listing – a good agent will advise you on what needs to be done.

Tip 4

Get More for Your Home, Repairs Pay Off

After you’ve cleaned your home, you’ll need to make repairs necessary to attract a buyer:


  • Patch up the roof
  • Touch up all the paint
  • Repair the screens
  • Spruce up the porch framing
  • Water the lawn and landscape beds
  • Trim, mow, edge your lawn
  • Get rid of sick or dying plants


  • Fix the grout in the bathrooms and tile floors
  • Adjust any doors that need it
  • Fix any scratches on the walls
  • Fix any plumbing problems
Tip 5

Get a Sense of the Market

Before you put your home on the market, check out the competition: homes with similar prices and in similar neighborhoods. You don’t have to go out and buy new furniture just to look like that beautiful new model in the new development – what you want is the feel of that new model – clean, uncluttered, and fresh.

Remember, one of the most important items to a buyer is a well-maintained home so that the buyer will know that he can move in without a lot of trouble and expense.