Sat, April 13, 2024

Real Talk Real Estate: Don’t leave $$$ on table when you sell!

If you find yourself feeling like now is the time to sell, you will not have to wait long for a buyer. Most homes are selling for 100% of the listing price and officially closing the sale within 48 days! Here are a few quick things I feel strongly are a must do if you decide to sell your home at anytime!

  • FRESH PINE STRAW OR MULCH – Cleaning up your landscaping is an easy and inexpensive way to present a well maintained home and ensure nice curb appeal.
  • ADD A WREATH AND FRESH FLOWERS AT YOUR ENTRY – You only get one shot to make a good impression and create a welcoming entry at your home.
  • DEEP CLEAN EVERYTHING – Clean behind and under all appliances, in all your cabinets and drawers, even the garage. Organize and declutter everything.
  • REMOVE ALL PERSONAL DECOR ITEMS – Well staged homes sell at approximately 6% higher than a home that has not been decluttered and staged. That leaves a lot of money on the table. I believe it is best if all pictures and anything with your name, monogram or family is removed before listing your home.

(See above photos I took—for a before and after look with and without personal décor items)

I have found that even though these few things can seem overwhelming at first, the results will be financially rewarding when you sell your home. Doing these simple decluttering and cleaning tasks will make it easier to be prepared for showing your home on short notice, and it will make moving out quickly more manageable.


If you are considering selling this year, I would love to help you know what would be the best things for you to do personally at your home. My consultations are always complimentary!


Shawna Woodward has been selling, buying, and managing residential real estate in the CSRA market since 2005 and loves all aspects of this business! Her son Braydon and her have created MHPAUGUSTA, which stands for Miracle Home Partners.

They make an average donation of $150 on behalf of each client they complete a transaction with. All donations stay here in Augusta at our local hospital.

Shawna has achieved the Re/Max Hall of Fame status, and consistently reaches the 100% club level or higher every year. You can email or visit or call 706-399-8707.

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