57 Home Sales Tips From Michael Call

People usually decide within two minutes whether they like your home. The first impression is often the lasting impression. Buyers start forming their opinion before they even walk in the front door. So it is wise to ask yourself if your home is as presentable as it can be, for a faster sale at the best price. The best way to find out is to imagine you're a prospective buyer. You've probably been looking at homes; so approach your present home the way you look at the other homes. I will do all of the things necessary to bring in the prospects. However, when it comes down to it, your home is going to have to help sell itself.

Here are fiftyseven time tested tips I suggest to make you home more presentable. A good rule to follow is to do cosmetic things that will improve your chances of selling. Avoid making major changes unless they will increase the value of your home more than the cost of the improvement.

Clean up, fix up, and paint up outside

1. Invest in landscaping where it can be seen at first sight. A well manicured lawn, neatly clipped shrubbery, cleanly swept walks create a good first impression.

2. An extra shot of fertilizer, in season, will make your grass look lush and green.

3. Cut back overgrown shrubbery that looks scraggly or keeps light out of the home.

4. Paint your home if necessary. This can do more for sales appeal than any other factor. If you decide against painting, at least consider touching up front shutters and windows frames.

5. Inspect the roof and gutters. Are there any missing shingles to replace? Gutters and down spouts in place? Need paint or repairs?

6. Consider putting flowers outside the front door.

7. Repair the front door.

8. Put a bright coat of paint on your mailbox.

9. Repair broken outdoor steps.

10. Is the swimming pool sparkling clean?

11. Is the doorbell in place and functioning properly?


12. The kitchen is the most important room in the house. Make it bright and attractive. If dull, paint cabinets and put up perky new curtains.

13. Clean the ventilating hood in the kitchen.

14. If the kitchen floor is badly worn, put down new flooring. Replace any loose tiles.

15. Remove any appliances that you keep on your counters. Clean counters make the room look larger.


16. Repair dripping faucets.

17. Keep fresh towels in the bathrooms.

18. Use special cleaning products to remove stains from toilets, bathtubs, sinks and showers.

19. If sink and bathtub drain too slowly, unclog them.

20. Have all tubs and showers been freshly caulked?

Living areas

21. Has all the carpets been cleaned to look new?

22. Have all plaster in top shape. Cracks (or nail-pops, visible seams in dry walls) are easy to fix.

23. Check ceilings for leak stains. Fix the cause of the damage, repair the ceiling and paint.

24. In painting and redecorating avoid offbeat colors.

25. Faded curtains or bedspreads can be dyed bright colors.

26. If you have a fireplace, clean it out and lay some logs in it to make it look inviting.

27. Wash windows.

28. Replace broken glass.

29. Mend torn screens.

30. Check to see that all windows will open and close.

31. Replace burned out light bulbs. Use brighter light bulbs.

32. Make sure every light switch works.

33. Make the floors shine; clean and polish them. Nail down any creaking boards or stair treads.

34. Straighten up the closets. Get rid of excess items. Use air freshener to eliminate musty odors. Lubricate any sticky or squeaking doors.

35. For doors that stick, rub a block of paraffin against the surface that shows signs of wear.

36. For sliding doors that stick in their tracks, rub the tracks with paraffin or candle wax.

Basement, attic, garage

37. Clean out attic, basement and garage and dispose of everything you are not going to move. Package everything you won't need until you're settled in your new home.

38. Make sure there is plenty of light on the stairs to the basement.

39. If your basement is dark and gloomy, paint ceilings and walls a light color.

40. Repair cracks in the basement floor with ready mixed concrete.

When your home is being shown

41. Is the home free of "pet odors"?

42. Are all locking doors easily opened with keys?

43. Are all the beds made daily?

44. Keep room draperies and shades open to let in light. This also makes rooms appear larger.

45. Have your home well lighted during showing.

46. At night, turn on porch light and outdoor lighting.

47. Neatness makes a room look bigger. Avoid clutter.

48. If possible, leave your furniture and rugs in the house for showing it.

49. Avoid having dirty dishes in the sink or on counters.

50. Keep any toys in the children's rooms. Bikes, wagons and skateboards should be made as inconspicuous as possible.

51. Keep radio, stereo, TV off or turned down.

52. Take your family away if your broker is holding an open house.

53. Children should be quit.

54. Refer direct inquiries you receive about seeing your house to your broker to take advantage of his professional's skills in selling your home.

55. Don't mention furniture or furnishings you wish to dispose of unless asked. Such discussions can kill a sale.

56. Take pets outdoors when your house is being shown.

57. Let the real estate expert show your house, and don't tag along. It is best to leave your home while it is being shown. If you are asked question answer candidly, but don't offer answers to unasked questions.



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Michael Call
Michael Call Realty

18682 Beach Blvd. #165
Huntington Beach, CA 92663
Phone: 714-791-1102
Email: onecall4all1@verizon.net
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"It is my pleasure to write this letter of recommendation for our realtor Mr. Michael Call. Michael was instrumental in helping us purchase a new home in Huntington Beach, California. Michael is from Huntington Beach and he possesses extensive knowledge of the neighborhoods and schools in Huntington Beach as well as in many of the surrounding cities. Having come from Phoenix Arizona, we had no idea which neighborhood would work best for our family, but Michael took the time to show us several great family neighborhoods with amazing schools. He also showed us many homes in these areas, but never rushed us. Instead he carefully listened to what we liked and disliked from each of those homes until he was able to find us the perfect home. In fact, it was Michael’s history as a great realtor in Huntington Beach that helped us locate our new home. Michael is well organized, creative, and he is constantly looking for ways to help his clients find the home of their dreams. With all of his real estate skills and knowledge however, Michael’s greatest assets are that he is patient, thoughtful, a great listener, and an advocate for his clients. He is the only realtor that I have worked with who took the time to call the home warranty company when our furnace stopped working and he personally saw to it that we were reimbursed for repairing the furnace. Michael has an excellent understanding of real estate practices in California. Michael has impeccable character; he is intelligent, honest and extremely hard working. It is my opinion that Michael Call is a person who is very proactive, and he has the ability to help you find and purchase an amazing home. It has been a wonderful experience to work with Michael Call and I will not hesitate to recommend him to others looking for a new home in Southern California." Cean R. Colcord Ph. D.
"Michael Call did an excellent job selling our home. He came to look at the home before it went on market, made recommendations which we followed through with and within that week of listing we had an offer. Once the process began, Michael was very diligent in tracking all aspects of the sale. He made sure all items got into escrow, let us know when items where due and followed up quickly on any questions or requests that were made. He continually checked in with us to make sure the process was going smoothly. Michael always responded to any email and/or voice mail that was sent very quickly. We highly recommended using Michael for your home purchase or sale, knowing he will do an excellent job for you." Danielle & Greg Winchell
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