Seller's Tips 




It is estimated that more than half of all houses are sold before the buyers even get out of their cars. The buyer's first, and most lasting impression of your home will be what they see as they drive up. It's called "Curb Appeal." So stand across the street from your house and review its curb appeal. it is helpful to walk your property and list what is less than satisfactory, without regard to cost or time. You can review the list afterwards to determine what you can and can't repair. Here is a checklist for the outside of your home:

The House

  • Wash windows and front door

  • Sweep front walkway

  • Make sure roof, gutters and downspouts are in good condition; no repairs needed

  • Clean grease and oil stains from driveway

  • Keep the garage door down

  • Be sure the doorbell works

  • Repair lanai screens if needed and keep pool sparkling

The Yard

  • Remove everything outside your home that doesn't need to be there

  • Move garbage cans, etc. into your garage

  • Inspect all plantings. Prune bushes & trees so they don't block windows

  • Mow the lawn more frequently and plant flowers

  • Put down some fresh wood chips

  • Fertilize the lawn to make it as green as possible

  • Put bikes and toys in the garage

  • Park extra cars away from the property

  • Keep pet areas clean


CLEAN! CLEAN! Just making a few changes can allow a buyer to see your house as their dream home. Here are some ideas for the inside of your home:

Kitchen and Bathrooms

  • Put dishes away, unless setting a formal display for decoration

  • Maintain all sealants (window, tub, shower, sink, etc.) in good condition

  • If unsightly, have the tub re-caulked and mineral deposits removed

  • Shine fixtures and clean mirrors

  • Clear off counter tops, maximizing the available space

  • Remove refrigerator magnets and photos; if your kitchen is clear, prospective Buyers can begin mentally "moving their own things" into your kitchen

  • Clean stove, microwave and refrigerator

  • Keep plumbing and all appliances in working order

Bedrooms and Living Area

  • Clean carpets, drapes & windows. Repaint where it will make the room brighter

  • Remove all unnecessary items from all rooms

  • Keep decorative items to a minimum 

  • Less furniture and clutter makes a room feel spacious

  • Open the drapes and leave all the lights on during showings

  • Install one size larger light bulbs; brighter rooms look and feel larger

  • Remove personal pictures from walls & furniture so your prospective buyers will mentally "see themselves living in your home" Your family's personal items make it hard for them to do that

  • Quick once-over with the vacuum; carpets should be clean

  • Place fresh flowers in the main rooms

  • Make beds and put all clothes away

  • Straighten closets, put unused items in storage

  • Turn off television

  • Put toys away

  • Play soft music, it helps prospective buyers relax during a stressful time

  • Keep pets out of the way and pet areas clean and odor-free

  • Secure jewelry, cash, prescription medication and other valuables

Additional Tips

  • Allow your Realtor to put a lockbox on the property. Some agents won't bother to show a home where they have to arrange to meet someone at the home.

  • Potential buyers usually feel more comfortable if the owners are not present.

  • If people unaccompanied by an agent request to see your property, please refer them to your real estate professional for an appointment

  • Leave a number where you can be reached if you are leaving town, even for a weekend

We enjoy showing the area and properties to our clients. Let us know when you are coming and we will e-mail you some great places to go and things to do, as well as MLS listings of condos, houses or lots.

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Sarasota Demographics

The Sarasota area is one of the largest and affluent markets in 
Florida, offering small-town charm and big city amenities.

  • One of the best places in the nation to live and work.

  • Over 500,000 people.

  • Previous 5 years, growth 4 times faster than the national average.

  • Fastest-growing segment is middle-aged adults and children.

  • A strong base of retirement age people, about 1/3 of the population.

  • Approximately 1/4 of the population of Tampa/St. Petersburg area.

  • Per capita retail sales are almost 20% above the national average.

Cultural Activities

Theatre visits offer many choices such as The French Film Festival, the Asolo Theatre Company, Florida Studio Theatre, Island Players, Lemon Bay Playhouse, or Theatre Works, for a start.

Music interest? Check out the Florida West Coast Symphony, Key Chorale, the Jazz Club, Sara. Ballet of Florida, Sara. Blues Society. Opera Association, or the Sarasota Concert Band.

Enjoy collecting art? There are numerous galleries and art shows.


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