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Tips to sell your home for more in the Bay Area

60 seconds. That’s all the time you have to create a great first impression.

From perfecting the list price to fresh mulch, there are multiple ways for a seller to reach the goal of getting top dollar for their home.  Here are some simple to significant ways to maximize your home’s appeal.

List your home at the right price

While you might have an ideal list price in mind that is based on how much profit you would like to make, your real estate agent should be able to suggest a list price based on recent market data. As the seller, It's important to remember that even if your real estate agent suggests listing your home at a number that was lower than what you had in mind, a good pricing and offer due date strategy could encourage multiple offers to come in - which would ultimately increase the winning offer amount.  

Curb Appeal

Regardless if you plan to do light repairs or heavy remodeling prior to listing your home on the market, there are some easy things you can do to make a great first impression to buyers before they even enter the home.


  • Keep grass cut and remove all yard clutter

  • Weed and apply fresh mulch to flower beds

  • Tighten and clean all door handles

  • Paint the front door

  • Apply fresh paint to wooden fences 

  • Place flower pots by the doors

  • Power-wash the home's exterior 

Neutral pallettes sell homes

If you can, try to neutralize your interior. That is, remove anything that would make it difficult for a buyer to imagine your current home as one they could live in and make "theirs."

  • Buy new towels and bedding for bedrooms

  • Consider renting a storage unit to move some items off site.

  • Remove excessive wall hangings and knick-knacks

  • Clean or paint walls and ceilings

  • Replace worn cabinet hardware

  • Shampoo carpets

Information provided courtesy of Gabrielle Hooks, DRE 02138118

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East Bay, Tri City Area, South Bay

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