Athens GA Home Seller Tips for Success!

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Make the Most of that First Impression,  a well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted – or at least freshly scrubbed – front door. Rake leaves in the Fall. Plant flowers in the spring.

Clean & Neutral Sells the Fastest!
Here’s your chance to clean up in real estate. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Fresh wallpaper adds charm and value to your property. We know you have to live in it, but first impressions are critical!corner clutter with captions

Check Faucets and Bulbs
Dripping water causes stains and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs or faulty wiring leave prospects in the dark. Don’t let little problems detract from what’s right with your home.

Spacious Living
Potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They’re looking for storage space, too. Make sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items.  Organize the garage. This is often a place that becomes cluttered.


Bathrooms Help Sell Homes
Make bathrooms sparkle. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. Enhance your bathroom with flowers, guest towels, and your best mats and shower curtains.

Pay Attention to Detail
Loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, pushed-out screens and other minor flaws can detract from your home’s appeal!

Coloring the Night with Light
Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights – both inside and outside – when showing your home in the evening. Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.

Closets Are Important
Closets look their best when they are orderly and not too full. Be sure the lights work and pack away items unused to make them look more spacious. Great time to box up unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.

Don’t Turn Your Home into a Second-Hand Store
When prospects come to view your home, don’t distract them with offers to sell those furnishings you no longer need. You may lose the biggest sale of all.  And remember it shows best if YOU ARE NOT AT HOME!

Make it Inviting
Be sure the front entrance is clean and inviting. Paint the gutters, downspouts and the front door. Also sweep the walks, steps and driveway.

Touch Up
A small investment in paint for the inside and outside helps. Remember to choose neutral colors.

Avoid Crowd Scenes
Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled with people. Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they’re likely to hurry through. Just don’t be there for showing if at all possible!

Smells – Get them out –see Brutal Honesty 101!

Holly & Bo with milkbone toyThis is one of the most overlooked and most critical tips of all!  I LOVE my dogs, but regardless of how many baths they have – pets still have odors!

Choose a professional Realtor, and seek their advice on how to maximize your profit

Remember it is our job at Success Realty to help you find the things that may be stumbling blocks to selling.

Let us be part of your Success Story and we will promise to be truthful with you about your home.

Contact Michelle today at

706-207-2502 to start your Success Story!





Brutal Honesty 101 – Tips for Athens GA Home Sellers

Dear Potential Success Realty Seller,

You know that carpet in your house that you really don’t like….newsflash….nobody else does either and you are fooling yourself by saying “it’s not that bad”.

Perhaps one of the most valuable things a REALTOR® can help you with is an honest opinion coupled with a lot of market knowledge.

It can be hard for your friends and family to be honest with you about certain things.  When you consult with the Success Realty team, we will lay it on the line.  Saying “we’ve got a problem to discuss” isn’t meant to hurt your feelings.  It is meant to resolve a potential problem!

Man holding smelly socks and clogged nose over black backgroundHave you heard of Nose Blindness?  If you live in a house every day you become accustomed to whatever is going on there, whether it be food odors, pets, or just minor things like fragrance.  Smells greatly affect people, even minor odors can put a potential buyer off.

Inventory levels are LOW!  But even with low inventory, buyers are still particular.  It is still critical that your home be shown in the best light that it can be and that means from photo number one on the internet to the day they walk through the door.

We know you have to live in your home, but clean the stuff off the front of the refrigerator, move as much clutter into covered areas as possible, and touch up minor needed repairs!  When we consult with you, we will walk through and give you an honest and open evaluation of your property.  Please, just promise you won’t be offended and that you will join the team effort to sell your home by resolving any problems.

Best foot forward…many buyers today would rather have a move-in ready home than purchase a fix it up potential or sweat equity project.  Between their work schedules and family time, they may just not have the time to consider the projects that need to be done.  So talking about get your home in good condition to maximize your profit and minimize time on the market is crucial!  If that sounds a little overwhelming to you, don’t worry!  We have relationships with some great folks in the area that can help you with all the things needed to get ready.  

So if you are considering selling your home, and want a brutally honest evaluation that gives you all your options, contact us today because we are dedicated to your Real Estate Success Story!


We look forward to being of service!

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