Selling A House in Harrisburg PA: You Are Responsible, Too!

Selling A House in Harrisburg PA: You Are Responsible, Too!

Selling a house – your house – is not just your Agent’s responsibility. You have as much responsibility as your Agent does! When I help Sellers get started in selling a house, I ask them to organize and clean the rooms of their house as if they are preparing for a visit by a disapproving mother-in-law, or demanding drill sergeant. Your mother-in-law is probably not like that, but you can relate, I’m sure.

Selling a House in Harrisburg PA

Here are some of the keys to making your home show – ready, and to get started selling a house:

  • Most American homes have stuff that is not used on a regular basis. Showing your house in its best light, (which is the path to selling a house), will require reducing items in each room. Furniture, collectibles, books, magazines, toys, shoes, and clothing.
  • Kitchens-Dishes, utensils, equipment on counters…cut it way back. I think one item on the counter is plenty. When thinking of selling a house, you should be thinking in terms of “model-home clean”… no clutter!
  • Bathrooms-Don’t let them get messy. When a showing is scheduled, you will not feel so overwhelmed with the clean up job.
  • Put the excess materials in the garage if you do not want to donate, sell, or give to a charity. The stuff in the garage restricts the garage viewing but most Buyers can appreciate that the garage is storing things for your pending move. They understand that in selling a house, your belongings must go somewhere..

If you are selling a house and the property is vacant, this becomes a different issue. Just make sure it is cleaned, dusted, and has sparkling windows.
As a listing agent, I do get feedback from some Sellers that these are unnecessary activities. Some Sellers prefer to live like they live, and not do anything differently. But Sellers have to remember, not every potential Buyer will live like you live. You are selling a house that someone has to picture themselves in!

I think the less is more approach is best for selling a house. Although a man’s home is his castle, what we have in the castle varies from person to person. Here are a few things I suggest to box and store before showing:

  • Family Photos Get the buyer seeing their things and family in the space.
  • Knick Knacks You know what I mean, and you definitely know what you need to do with them..
  • Your Hunting Trophies Hunting and fishing are worthy activities but not everyone likes the resulting mounts displayed in the house. You are selling a house.. so take your trophies to storage and display them in your new home.

We will succeed in the task of selling a house if it’s presented in the right way, and we have it priced right. As the Seller, you are involved until the end, and must contribute to your end of the bargain as well, in selling a house.

Contact me for more selling tips. We will begin the process of selling a house the right way. I can be reached at 717 514-1793 or


Harrisburg PA Real Estate Expert

Ken Huebsch is your premier real estate agent in the Greater Harrisburg area.  I am a specialist in Harrisburg real estate  as well as the communities of Palmyra, Hershey, and Hummelstown.  My wife Leslye and I have 40 plus years of experience serving our clients -We KNOW Harrisburg. When you plan to buy or sell Harrisburg area real estate, allow us to work for you.  We are dedicated professionals and are here for your success.  For more information on how we can best serve your real estate needs, please complete our online contact form or give us a call.  Also, check out what our fabulous clients have to say about us on our testimonials page!

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