5 Essentials to Sell Your Home


Five Areas You MUST Focus on to Ensure Top Dollar and a Quick Sale of Your Home

I know. Just thinking about selling your home feels overwhelming.  By concentrating on just five key things it’s possible to minimize the time your property spends sitting on the market. From improving curb appeal to removing excess clutter, here are five things that can help you to improve property values, attract potential buyers and ensure a successful sale:

Less Stuff

Removing excess clutter and making an effort to depersonalize your home’s interior can help to ensure that buyers are provided with the blank canvas they need in order to better visualize the full potential of the space. Having less personal items within the home makes it much easier to prepare for property tours and open house events. Dealing with all the extra stuff you have accumulated over the years now also means having less to pack up when it comes time to move to your new home. This is your time to have a garage sale or donate all the stuff you haven’t used in the past two years.

First Impression

Curb appeal should never be taken lightly. Your home’s exterior appearance, landscaping and general exterior appearance all play a key role in ensuring that potential buyers are more likely to form a positive first impression. From listing photos to the first glimpse that buyers will have when they pull up to the curb, a few improvements can make a major difference. Hint: Consider your neighbors’ curb appeal as well.



Home improvements and renovations can boost property value and help to ensure a quicker, less stressful sale. While a few carefully considered upgrades can be well worth the effort and expense, it’s wise to stay focused and avoid going overboard in your efforts. A few small projects are often easier to manage and of greater benefit than larger efforts that have the potential to get out of hand. Start with a good deep clean and repairs of all those little projects you have let slide, like that broken cabinet handle.

Your Next Home 

Whenever possible, secure or plan your next home before you put your current home up for sale. Even if you need the proceeds from the sale of your current home to make your next purchase, it’s important to have a game plan in place to prevent panic when it comes time to accept an offer on your home.


An experienced REALTOR is often crucial to your success. Working with a skilled professional who has a strong understanding of the market as well as the marketing tools, technology, experience and skills needed to manage the sales process can provide a wide range of advantages. Homeowners who elect to go it alone could soon find themselves struggling to make sure they are not missing critical pieces in the process. You don’t know what you don’t know.

While selling a home can often be a major undertaking, knowing what to concentrate on helps to keep the process as stress-free as possible. Focusing on these five key areas can go a long way towards ensuring a successful sale!


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About the author: The above article “2020 Maximum Conforming Loan Limit” was provided by Sarah Marrinan.

With multiple certifications, awards and experience, if you’re thinking of selling or buying, I’d love to share my knowledge and expertise. Proudly servicing the following Twin Cities, MN areas: White Bear Lake, Hugo, Lino Lakes, Centerville, Vadnais Heights, Shoreview, Mounds View, Circle Pines, Mounds View, Forest Lake, Columbus, Wyoming, Saint Paul, Minneapolis, Roseville, Lake Elmo, Stillwater and Oakdale, MN.
Find more great info on Sarah’s website at www.CallSarahFirst.com.

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