Do’s and Don’ts When Selling Your Troy Michigan Real Estate

Posted in Troy Michigan Real Estate by Michigan Real Estate Expert on February 2nd, 2009

If you’re putting up your Troy Michigan real estate for sale, you’re probably thinking about what you need to do to get it sold.  Here is a list of do’s and don’ts to help you along your way:


  • DO take pictures of every room of your house.  Look each picture over with a fresh eye; see what needs to be done to the rooms.
  • DO clean, clean, clean.  What may look like “family clutter” to you may turn potential buyers off.
  • DO replace hinges that are broken or worn, tighten doorknobs, etc.  Buyers going through the house will open doors and cabinets.  Having a doorknob come off in your hand is a definite deterrent to buying.
  • DO fix cracks and watermarks.  You don’t want to give buyers the idea that you have plumbing problems.
  • DO take the time to stage your Troy home before putting it on the market.  This can significantly shorten the time it takes to sell, as well as raise the asking price.  I would be happy to send you the FREE book, “Staging Tips to Prepare Your Home for Market.”  There are absolutely no strings attached!


  • DON’T spend a lot of money on major upgrades unless you have to.  While you may have to replace a water heater that’s trying to quit, you don’t have to replace a carpet – just get it cleaned.
  • DON’T get stuck on one sales price.  The real estate market changes constantly.  Having a set price may be the reason your home languishes on the market.
  • DON’T use your tax appraisal as an estimate for your home’s value.  Compare your home to those in the neighborhood that have sold for a better estimate.
  • DON’T pack until the buyer’s loan is approved.  You can begin packing then, but pack smaller things and hide the boxes or store them off site until the sale is complete and you’re ready to move. 
  • DON’T follow the potential buyers through the house.  This can cause them to feel they need to move through quickly, which lessens the chance of them buying.  So…give them their space, and if possible, arrange to be gone during the showing.

Putting up your Troy Michigan real estate for sale can be hard, especially if you’ve lived there for a long time.  However, following these tips can help make the process a little easier so you can Sleep Good at Night.


When you’re ready to sell your home, learn how you can maximize your profits by “Selling to the Max.”  I can help you prepare your Troy home so it sells faster and for top dollar.  Call me today at 248-514-2640 or email me at now!

Lee Morof
RE/MAX Showcase Homes
Birmingham, Michigan
Call:  248-514-2640

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