3 Steps to Prep your Home to Sell for Top Dollar

Selling your house doesn’t just mean hiring a REALTOR to stick a sign out front — not if you want to get top dollar for your property!  Preparation makes a huge difference in attracting solid offers in the shortest amount of time.

Take a hard, dispassionate look at your property — just as buyers will when they walk in the door and it is what YOU do when you walk into other homes for sale.


Buyers freak out at cracked paint and broken tile.  Today’s buyers love hardwood floors, but scratches and dull finishes make them wonder what else you’ve neglected. Refinish, polish solid floors, get carpets professionally cleaned. Buyers open and close doors and drawers,. They notice sticky hinges. First impressions matter! Address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.


Buyers need to see themselves living in the house (it’s going to be THEIR home).  So start packing! I ask my clients to put away their collections, to take down all trophies (particularly animal heads) and to stow all guns (even the 0ld Davy Crockett-style gun over the fireplace). Stow the family photos! Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans, greys or whites. Repainting and new carpet helps give a house that “model home” feel. (Plus you have to take all your stuff off the walls to do this!).


Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Home stagers can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup. The stagers I recommend try to use as much of your own furnishings as possible, which saves you money.  Spending a bit on new bed linens and towels could translate into thousands of dollars on an offer.

Have questions? I offer a free review and analysis of your property. Call or email me.  775-850-5900 [email protected] 


Posted on November 13, 2019 at 10:46 pm
Holly O'Driscoll | Category: Uncategorized

Waiting until 2020 to buy a home may cost you — a lot — in Reno

Some potential home buyers in Reno think home prices have maxed out, and many believe prices will drop substantially “soon.” Others are convinced the companies bringing jobs to the region will fail or pull up stakes and leave “soon.” Some have said this for the past five years, yet and the data has proven theses scenarios wrong time after time.

Experts  in the economic development sector predict robust growth in Northern Nevada for years to come, with national companies continuing to migrate here, creating more jobs and putting more pressure on home prices. National commercial and home builders seem to agree — investing millions in land development, infrastructure and housing projects. Business people running these companies do their homework and focus on profits.  Their investments speak to Reno’s future.

What does that mean to the average resident? To me, it signals that home prices likely won’t drop significantly anytime “soon.”

The graphic below outlines the cost of waiting based on data from home sales across the nation. In Northern Nevada, very little sells below $200,000 — so add about $100,000 to these numbers. Waiting to buy a home could — and quite likely will — cost more in 2020.


What is your perspective? For more insights on and data on home sales in Northern Nevada, please email/contact me directly.

Holly O’Driscoll is a freelance journalist and Realtor at Chase International Real Estate in Reno, NV.   (NV lic: s.176271) Email her at [email protected]  phone: 775-850-5900. 

Posted on September 30, 2019 at 8:21 pm
Holly O'Driscoll | Category: Nevada Living, Reno Real Estate, Uncategorized | Tagged , , ,