The goal is to make your home as easy to show, with the best first impression. Meaning, you want to showcase your home, not highlight your stuff. You want buyers to be able to imagine their lives in the home without distractions.

When I list your home, I will have a professional photographer who will make your home sparkle with their talents. After the photos are done, you will see how your home is “Camera Ready”. These pictures will guide you on how your home should look for showings. When buyers search for homes, a large amount of people look online first. You don’t want buyers to be disappointed if your home doesn’t look like it did online.

Before you list your home

How long do you need to get your home ready to be on the market? A few days? A few months? We need to have the conversations about when it is the best time for YOU. Is your work schedule more hectic in the fall? Do you need to move within the next few months? Then we need to plan.

Declutter and Depersonalize. Take down anything that personalizes your home. The less information that potential buyers can pick up about you, the better. Also, you are going to be moving anyway, so why not start packing? Another recommendation is The Rule of Three. This means only three items on each surface. This includes countertops, bathroom sinks, and built-in shelves. So, if you don’t use it every day, put it away!

When you are ready to list your home:

Showing Scheduling. Do you know you need 1-hour notice? No showings on Sundays? Let me know so that when agents call, they will have a better idea about availability. When I contact you to schedule the appointment, if that time is not the best-time, the let me know. But just a reminder, every showing you turn down, is a potential offer you don’t receive.

While your home is on the market:

Before you leave your home, make sure it is “Camera Ready”. If this means waking up 30 minutes earlier to straighten up your home, then set the alarm clock. If that means doing a clean sweep before you go to bed, your pillow will be waiting for you. Once you start doing this on a daily basis, it will become second nature.

Having your home “Camera Ready” is something you need to do EVERY SINGLE DAY your home is on the market. It does take work, but I do believe in you. I have had sellers who have taken my tips, and their home was under contract in less than 7 days. Taking the time to prepare, keeping communication open with myself, and being flexible will help make this journey successful.

Kelly Raulston

“Reliable and Ready” REALTOR® since 2016. I was born in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, but was raised in Texas since 1997. When I found out we were moving to Plano, Texas, I remember looking forward to riding a horse to school and a brand-new pair of cowboy boots! Growing up in Plano prepared me to be competitive, quick, and to have a strong work ethic. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Axe’em Jacks! That is where my love for East Texas began. The nature, warm smiles, football games, and community values can't be beat! I graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. I was a middle school math teacher in Tyler, Texas. I met my husband, Travis, in Sunday school, and we have been married since September 2016. I love being a REALTOR® in East Texas! Relationships are genuine, the area is beautiful, and the market is rockin’! I am an involved REALTOR® to better the community. Some of the organizations I am involved with are: The Professional Development Committee, Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee, and Tyler Educational Networking Group. Some awards I have won were “The Hustle Award” in 2016, and “Rookie of the Year” in 2017. When I am not working with my clients, I like to spend quality time with my friends and family doing the following: running, target practice, read and participate in book club, and playing with my dachshund Greta.
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