What to do and what not to do while selling a home

When it comes to selling your home, there are certain actions that can greatly enhance the process, as well as potential pitfalls to avoid. From ensuring your home is in its best possible condition to maintaining clear communication, Geoff and Dore Baker are here to guide you through the do’s and don’ts of selling your home. By following these guidelines, you can streamline the selling process and maximize the value of your property.


    1. Do thin out closets and cupboards.
    2. Do hire a gardener and house cleaner while your home is on the market. It’ll make your life a lot easier.
    3. Do tell us about any recent inspections or estimates for repairs you’ve received for your home.
    4. Do keep your pet beds and litter boxes clean and tidy. You’d be amazed what a turn-off potty smells can be.
    5. Do try to be as accommodating as possible (within reason) to buyers agent’s showing requests. Do be sure and leave during showings. It’s more comfortable for the buyers and it will keep them from peppering you with questions.
    6. Do tell us if anything happens to your home while we are in escrow. We may need to revise your disclosures.
    7. Do ask us questions at any time. We’re here to make sure you’re comfortable with the process and always feel well informed.


    1. Don’t leave things off of your disclosures. If a buyer backs out because of information you share, that’s ok, it’s better than getting sued over something later.
    2. Don’t cook fish or other strongsmelling foods in your home while it’s on the market. Use your BBQ for those items.
    3. Don’t stack tons of boxes against your garage walls as you’re cleaning out
      your home for sale. If possible, stack things in more of an island shape in
      your garage so the termite inspector can get to the walls.
    4. Don’t put too much stock in the opinions of your ‘committee’. They mean well, but their selling experience is probably somewhat limited and/or may not be directly applicable to yours.
    5. Don’t talk directly to the buyers. (loose lips sink ships)
    6. Don’t post on social media about the negotiating process, how excited you are to get your home sold, etc. Wait until your home has closed, then have at it.

The following links will provide valuable information if you are planning the sale of your home:

  • OVERPRICING YOUR HOME Overpricing your home can deter potential buyers and lead to your property sitting on the market longer than necessary, ultimately impacting its final sale price.
  • SELLER’S ESCROW PLANNING TIMELINEOur Seller’s Escrow Planning Timeline helps you stay organized and on track with key deadlines and tasks throughout the selling process, ensuring a smooth and successful transaction.
  • SELLER DO’S AND DONT’S – When selling your home, it’s important to follow these do’s and don’ts to maximize your chances of a successful sale and a smooth transaction.
  • MOVING CHECKLIST – Our moving checklist provides a comprehensive guide to help you stay organized and on track during the moving process.
  • COORDINATING A SALE & PURCHASE Coordinating the sale of your current home with the purchase of a new one can be complex. We outline the four primary approaches to handle this situation, ensuring you find the one that’s right for you.