How Do I Sell My Home? Part 1

Selling a home can seem like a mysterious and strange process, one that is fraught with potholes and traps to catch even the most well-meaning sellers. If this is what you thought, then this article is for you. The home selling process doesn't have to be complicated. The following is part one of a quick overview of the selling process. It is not meant to be a comprehensive list or a step-by-step guide, but rather an informative article so you know what is in store for you in the exciting world of real estate.

Hire a Hughes Group agent

I know this can sound a bit strange, but really, you want the best of the best on your side and when it comes to Boise real estate, the Hughes Group is the best. The agents at the Hughes Group are well trained and have years of experience under their belts. Not to mention they have some of the best Boise real estate websites at their disposal, and a full-time support team to help you prepare and market your home.

A Hughes Group real estate agent will also be able to guide you through the home selling process no matter what your experience may be. They know all the steps to selling a home, all the tips and tricks, and all the laws and regulations that a home seller needs to be aware of.

Now, if you have a Hughes Group agent on your side, you won't need to worry about what step comes next, so the following steps are mainly for your information. You won't need to commit them to memory or worry about studying them more because your agent will know them by heart and will be able to help you through each step.

Prepare the home to be packed up and to be shown

This is probably the most vital step in the home selling process after hiring an agent from the Hughes Group. If your home is not ready to be shown to prospective buyers it will delay the selling process and possibly make it impossible to sell.


Depersonalization is the act of making your home look as neutral as possible. Not bland, but neutral. The best way to think of this is to imagine a hotel room or a show room at a housing expo. All of these examples use beautiful decorations with nice colors and motifs, but they are all neutral colors and designs. These are colors and designs that are basic and something that most people will like.

To explain what a neutral color or design is, it is best to describe what it is not. A prime example of a non-neutral color would be bright colors like neon orange, electric blue, and so forth; non-neutral colors can also be bold colors like black, deep reds, and so on. In the same regard, non-neutral designs can be unique designs that not everyone would like.

For a home to sell faster, a potential buyer must be able to see themselves living there. If the home is bright orange and the potential buyer does not like the color orange, it will be harder for them to picture themselves living there.

Depersonalization also has to do with personal effects. Obviously, you will need to keep somethings around the house so you can still go about your day to day life, but you will want to take down anything that is unique and personal to you. So, if you have any personal pictures, artwork that might not be very well liked, and so forth, you should probably take it down and replace it with something a bit more neutral.

Cut the clutter

Next, there is clutter cutting. This is another appendage off of depersonalization, but is so very vital that it must be stated separately. Clutter can be a turn off for a potential buyer. You may feel comfortable in your home with the amount of stuff you have, but it may be too crowded for someone else.

It is recommended that you take between 1/3 and 1/2 of your possessions out of the house when you are trying to sell it. You want the house to feel (a) as big as possible, (b) spacious and not cramped, and (c) clean. These can all be achieved by cutting down the amount of stuff you have in your home.

Curb appeal

We are all told not to judge a book by its cover, but we all know that still happens, and the housing market is no different. Many people make decisions on whether to look at a home or not based on the appearance of the home. To effectively prepare your home to sell, you need to make sure that they outside of your home is looking spic and span and will invite buyers inside.

Now, there are many more intensive articles out there with tactics galore on the subject of curb appeal so we will simply stick with the basics - the three Hs- : house, hardware, and horticulture.

House is in reference to the appearance of the actual house itself. Is it clean? Is it clear of cobwebs and dirt and debris? Is the paint faded? And so on and so forth. Make sure that the house is clean and free of all dirt, grim, debris, cobwebs, and the like. This can be down by using a vacuum cleaner or shop-vac to remove any loose matter from the front of the front of the house, especially the entryway. Then you can take a hose and spray off the rest of the house (be sure to do this on a dry day. Lastly, clean the windows. Clean the windows with glass cleaner so that they are bright, transparent, and alluring. If you don't want to, or don't feel comfortable, cleaning them yourself, there are plenty of local companies in the Treasure Valley that can do it for a decent price.

Then there is hardware. This is in reference to things like the doorknobs, lamps, the mailbox, and so forth. Anything that is added extra to the home. Make sure these are not broken and are in proper working order. If need be, replace them with newer versions. This will make your home seem more clean and beautiful.

Lastly, there is horticulture. This is in reference to the lawn, planters, bushes, and any other plant life that you may have in your front yard. Make sure that the lawn is lush, well-trimmed, and free of dead spots. Weed all your planters and garden areas. Then, make sure that all your trees, bushes, and other plants are trimmed and well-manicured.

Again, when it comes to the landscaping of your home, contact a professional when needed. There are many amazing landscapers in the Boise area that do great work.

And here ends part one of our series on how to sell your home. Keep watching for part two where we will discuss marketing, appraisals, inspections, and negotiations. Remember, however, that the success of selling houses is dependent mainly on the quality of agent you get. That is why you want to always remember to call a Hughes Group real estate agent, because they will treat you right and help you bring your dreams to life.