Alison Brown, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage President’s Elite, CRS, CBR


If you're selling your home mostly as is, with carpet that's a few years old, you'll need to give it a complete and thorough cleaning before you show the home. Even if you recently installed new carpet, you may have had to continue living in the house with your pets before you put your home on the market.

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Don't skimp on the carpet cleaning. A basic vacuum job is not going to be enough to remove any pet hair or dander tracked around by your dogs or cats. Hiring a carpet cleaning service will save you time but will require more of a monetary investment. If you want to clean the carpet yourself be very thorough and detail oriented.

First, make sure your vacuum is emptied and cleaned to remove any hair or dander inside. Vacuum all the large areas of the carpet before moving on to the edges around your baseboard. Move slowly around the baseboard with a narrow hose attachment and look closely to make sure you're removing all debris (especially stray kitty litter!). If you have multiple pets or full-time indoor pets, you will likely need to go over your carpets 2-3 times to completely remove hair from all the fibers. Don't take a shortcut, take the time to prepare the carpet for cleaning thoroughly.

Second, rent a carpet cleaner from your local hardware store or grocery store. In most cities carpet cleaners are readily available at large grocery and hardware chains for a daily rental fee. Rental companies typically provide the cleaning chemicals for purchase along with the rental. Consider purchasing a spot-treatment compound as well. When you start moving furniture you might find some unknown stains you'll need to remove. Spend the few extra dollars to rent the machine the night before you want to clean so you can start on your carpet early the next day.

Third, starting top down (if you have a multi-story home or unit) clear out furniture as much as possible from the initial rooms you want to clean. Be aware that the carpet will need time to dry so this project will take multiple days, depending on your home size. When working in bedrooms start early in the day to allow ample drying time so you can replace beds in each room and get a good night's sleep for the second day of cleaning. Before you start in with the machine check the carpet thoroughly for stains and apply the stain treatment before you clean the entire carpet, this will allow the chemicals time to penetrate the fibers and lift the stain for the best possible results. Once you treat the stains (following the directions on the chemical you purchased), begin carefully going over the carpet one row at a time. Make sure you overlap your rows and always move the machine in the same direction.

It will be difficult to see results before the carpet dries, but you should be able to gauge stain removal when the carpets are about 50% dry. Check the stains you treated and see if you need to apply a second treatment to minimize them further. If you expect your buyer to replace the carpet, it may not seem worth it to spend additional time on one stain. Even if they plan to renovate, many buyers have a difficult time imagining changes to their space without imagining themselves in it. A clean canvas can make the difference to whether or not someone sees themselves in your home.

Lastly, check your carpets for any areas that your pet (cat) has scratched up. If needed, trim a handful of fibers from an area of carpet that is unlikely to be seen such as the back of a bedroom closet. Trim the knap carefully, so you're only taking the top of the fiber and not creating a bald spot in a new place. Then take the trimmed strands and attached them to the damaged area with a hot-melt glue until you've covered all the scratches.

With fresh flooring, beautiful carpet and a clean canvas of walls and doors your home is ready for show. One last tip! If at all possible remove your pets from the house before you have prospective buyers over. While an animal in the yard is okay, the presence of animals inside may cause your buyers to worry about damage even if you have made the necessary repairs. Ask a friend or neighbor to house your cats and indoor pets during the open house, so you have the opportunity to best show off your home.


Enjoying a quick, easy home selling journey is ideal. Yet many problems may arise that could make it tough for a property seller to streamline the home selling journey. Lucky for you, we're here to teach you what it takes to reduce the time it takes to sell your house.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you accelerate the house selling journey.

1. Upgrade Your House's Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is a difference-maker in any housing market, at any time. If you allocate time and resources to upgrade your residence's curb appeal today, you could transform your house into a hot property in your city or town.

Mowing the front lawn, trimming the hedges and performing other home exterior improvements may help you boost your house's curb appeal. You can always perform these home exterior upgrades on your own. Or, if you need extra help with home exterior projects, you can hire a professional contractor.

2. Remove Clutter

Clutter may make it tough for you to show off the full size and astounding beauty of your residence to prospective buyers. Thus, if you eliminate clutter from your home today, you could make it simple for buyers to fall in love with your residence right away.

To remove clutter, you may want to host a yard sale or list your excess items online. Both yard sales and online marketplaces will enable you to quickly and effortlessly get rid of unwanted items and earn extra cash.

Furthermore, if there are antiques, paintings, decorations and assorted personal belongings you want to keep, you can rent a storage unit. With a storage unit at your disposal, you can keep various personal belongings safe until your residence sells.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

Speeding up the home selling process is no small task. Fortunately, if you hire a real estate agent, you can gain expert home selling insights. And as a result, you may be better equipped than ever before to accelerate the property selling journey.

A real estate agent can provide you with home selling recommendations and suggestions you may not be able to receive elsewhere. First, he or she will learn about you and your home and teach you about the local housing market. A real estate agent next will craft a personalized house selling strategy for you. This housing market professional then will put your home selling strategy into effect and do whatever it takes to help you streamline the house selling process.

In addition, a real estate agent will reply to any home selling questions you have. If you are unsure about how to price your residence, whether to accept an offer to purchase or have any other home selling concerns, a real estate agent can provide plenty of guidance.

Ready to enjoy a fast, profitable home selling experience? Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble navigating the house selling journey.


For those who want to enjoy a fast, profitable and seamless home selling experience, there is no need to worry. In fact, there are many things that you can do to minimize the risk of a home selling fiasco, and these include:

1. Conduct a Home Inspection

A house inspection usually is completed after a seller accepts a buyer's offer to purchase a residence. At this time, a buyer typically requests an inspection to identify any underlying house issues. If a buyer is satisfied with the inspection results, he or she likely will proceed with a home purchase. Or, if a buyer encounters myriad home problems, this buyer may reconsider his or her offer to purchase a residence.

By conducting a home inspection before you list your house, you can immediately identify any underlying home problems. You then can work to correct various house problems and avoid the risk that such issues could potentially slow down or stop a home sale in the near future.

2. Perform Home Upgrades

When it comes to selling a house, it generally is a good idea to be proactive. And if you allocate time and resources to upgrade your house now, you may be better equipped than ever before to stir up lots of interest in your residence as soon as it becomes available.

To enhance your house's exterior, you should mow the front lawn, fix any cracked or damaged home siding and perform assorted home exterior repairs. By doing so, you can improve your house's curb appeal.

Furthermore, don't forget to devote attention to your house's interior. If you can clean every room of your home and eliminate clutter, you could boost the likelihood of a successful home selling experience.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

Getting the best results – and avoiding potentially time-intensive and costly problems – is paramount for any home seller. If you collaborate with a real estate agent, you can get the help you need to quickly sell your house and maximize your earnings.

A real estate agent is happy to help you kick off a successful home selling journey. First, a real estate agent will meet with you and learn about your house and home selling goals. He or she next will help you craft a home selling strategy based on your residence and the current real estate market's conditions. Then, a real estate agent will promote your residence to buyers and host open house events and home showings. And once you receive an offer to purchase your residence, a real estate agent will help you review this proposal and make an informed decision.

Let's not forget about a real estate agent's industry expertise, either. If you ever have questions during the home selling journey, a real estate agent will instantly address these queries.

Reduce the risk of encountering problems when you sell your house – consult with a real estate agent today, and you'll be able to receive comprehensive assistance at each stage of the home selling journey.


Selling a house may prove to be difficult, particularly for those who are competing against dozens of rival sellers in the same city or town. Fortunately, there are lots of things that you can do to gain a competitive advantage over rivals in a fierce housing market.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get a leg up on the home selling competition.

1. Focus on Curb Appeal

How your residence looks to buyers can have far-flung effects on the house selling journey. Thus, if you allocate time and resources to upgrade your house's curb appeal, you can differentiate your home from all others in your area. And as a result, you could speed up the home selling cycle.

To enhance your home's curb appeal, eliminate clutter and debris in front of your residence. Also, if there is any damaged home siding, you should fix this problem.

If you are unsure about how to improve your home's curb appeal on your own, you can always hire professionals to help you out, too. These professionals will take the guesswork out of home exterior improvements and allow you to upgrade your residence's curb appeal without delay.

2. Set an Aggressive Initial Asking Price

If you price your home too high, you risk alienating prospective buyers. Or, if you price your house too low, you risk missing out on the chance to optimize your home sale earnings.

Ultimately, it is beneficial to establish an aggressive initial home asking price. If you learn about the local housing market, you can compare your residence to available houses in your city or town. Then, you can use this housing market data to help you establish a competitive initial asking price for your home.

You may want to conduct a home appraisal as well. That way, you can receive a property valuation that you can use to help you set an aggressive initial home asking price.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

Navigating a fierce housing market often is challenging for first-time and experienced house sellers alike. Lucky for you, real estate agents are available who can help you simplify the house selling journey.

By hiring a real estate agent, you can collaborate with a home selling expert. Typically, a real estate agent will work with you to create a custom home selling strategy. And when you are prepared to sell your home, a real estate agent will ensure that you can put this plan into effect and achieve the best-possible results.

Furthermore, a real estate agent will help you review any offers to purchase your house. He or she is happy to provide honest, unbiased home selling recommendations. By doing so, a real estate agent will help you immediately sell your residence and get the best price for your home.

Ready to sell your house? Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can quickly and effortlessly sell your home in a competitive real estate market.


A home showing may play a key role in your ability to sell your house. If a showing is successful, a buyer may submit an offer in the hours or days that follow. On the other hand, if a home fails to impress during a showing, a buyer likely will continue to search for the perfect residence.

It can be easy to ensure that a home showing is successful. Now, let's take a look at three steps that home sellers can follow to increase the likelihood of a successful showing.

1. Clean Your Home

A neat, tidy home is likely to make a positive first impression on potential buyers. Therefore, you should allocate the necessary time and resources to clean your home from top to bottom prior to a showing.

Mow the front lawn, trim the hedges and perform assorted home exterior maintenance. That way, you can instantly boost your house's curb appeal.

Also, wipe down countertops, vacuum carpets and complete various home interior maintenance. By doing so, you can guarantee that potential buyers will like what they see as soon as they walk through your home's front door.

2. Remove Personal Belongings

The goal of a home showing is to help a potential buyer envision what life would be like if he or she purchases your house. As such, you'll want to take down artwork, photographs and any other personal belongings before a home showing. Because if you keep these items on display, it may be tough for a buyer to picture himself or herself as the owner of your home.

Don't forget to eliminate as much clutter from your home as possible too. If you put excess items in storage or sell or donate these items, you can cut down on clutter and show off the true size of your residence.

3. Be Flexible

After you perform extensive home interior and exterior cleaning and remove myriad personal belongings from your residence, it may be only a matter of time before a home showing is scheduled. If you remain flexible, you can boost your chances of hosting as many home showings as possible.

There is no telling when a prospective buyer will want to check out your residence. Thus, if you maintain your flexibility, you'll be ready to leave your house at a moment's notice to accommodate a buyer's request for a showing.

After a home showing, you may receive buyer feedback as well. If a buyer leaves negative feedback about your residence, there is no need to worry. Use this feedback to identify and address problem areas in your house, and you can guarantee that future home showings hit the mark with buyers.

Lastly, if often helps to work with an expert real estate agent when you sell your house. This housing market professional is happy to help you get ready for a home showing and will offer honest, unbiased home selling recommendations. As a result, a real estate agent can help you get the best possible results throughout the home selling process.




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