First impressions are the important!
A fresh coat of paint on the front door and a groomed lawn invites buyers in. Clean the front entrance doorway of debris and insects and repair any damage to the front steps or railings. Critical sales buying decisions are often made at the front door – Make it Pristine!

De-Clutter! People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven't used it in over a year, you probably don't need it. If you don't need it, why not donate it or throw it away? Pack up all knickknacks and remove all books from the bookcases. 

It's important to make your house generic. A fresh coat of neutral paint will make your home appear larger, brighter and more appealing to potential buyers. Also, if possible remove all worn or out-dated wallpaper. 

Lighten up 
Let the sun shine in, and turn on the lights. Open all blinds or curtains, and make sure the house is well lit. Of Utmost Importance Make repairs (They’ll only show up on inspection report). Fix things like leaky faucets and sticky cabinets and doors, doors that don’t lock properly, and replace old or torn screens and broken windows. They may seem insignificant, but minor repairs add up in the mind of a potential buyer. They tend to overestimate how much repairs cost. You don't want to give them any reason not to put in an offer. Make sure all doors open, latch and close easily and fix all leaky faucets. Replace/repair any damaged or rotten wood, especially wood on the outside of the house. If the toilets are loose have a handyman tighten the bolts. Have a handyman check the crawlspace (basement) to make sure that all water damage is repaired and water leakage into the lower levels is stopped. The crawlspace should be completely dry and a plastic vapor barrier should be in place. 

Make sure your furniture placement allows for easy traffic flow and shows the purpose of each room. If you have too much furniture, rent a portable storage device to hold things until you are ready to move into your new place. If you don't have enough furniture, borrow or rent. 

The Most Important Room In Your Home 
The kitchen is a good place to start removing clutter, because it is an easy place to start. First, get everything off the counters. Everything - even the toaster. Put the toaster in a cabinet and take it out when you use it. Find a place where you can store everything in cabinets and drawers. Of course, you may notice that you do not have cabinet space to put everything. Clean them out. The dishes, pots and pans that rarely get used? Put them in a box and put that box in storage. You see, homebuyers will open all your cabinets and drawers, especially in the kitchen. They want to be sure there is enough room for their "stuff." If your kitchen cabinets, pantries, and drawers look jammed full, it sends a negative message to the buyer and does not promote an image of plentiful storage space. The best way to do that is to have as much "empty space" as possible. For that reason, if you have a "junk drawer," get rid of the junk. If you have a rarely used the crock pot, put it in storage. Do this with every cabinet and drawer. Create open space. If you have a large amount of foodstuffs crammed into the shelves or pantry, begin using them – especially canned goods. Canned goods are heavy and you don’t want to be lugging them to a new house, anyway – or paying a mover to do so. Let what you have on the shelves determine your menus and use up as much as you can. Beneath the sink is very critical, too. Make sure the area beneath the sink is as empty as possible, removing all extra cleaning supplies. You should scrub the area down as well, and determine if there are any tell-tale signs of water leaks that may cause a homebuyer to hesitate in buying your home. 

Pack up 
This includes personal photos and portraits. Less is always more. The less clutter and knickknacks you have lying around, the more potential buyers will be able to see your home and what it offers. Remember, you are selling your house, not your stuff. Plus, getting a head start on packing will eliminate some stress down the road. 

When your house is meticulously organized, buyers will envision themselves living a stress-free life in your home. 

Clean every inch of your house, and don't forget to make your windows and floors sparkle. If your carpet appears old and stained, think about replacing it. Also, make sure there are no offensive odors. Purchase an air-neutralizing spray that will help remove odors without creating an overwhelming masking odor. Clean homes sell! 

Be sure potential buyers are comfortable when touring your home. If it's freezing outside, leave the heat on, and if it's summer, turn on the air conditioner. 

Keep it ready to show 
It may be a little inconvenient, but until you accept an offer, keep your home in tip-top shape at all times. What this means is that each room should have a clear purpose, nice flow and be clean and clutter-free. Buyers need to be able to picture themselves and their things in a room, and taking these steps will help ensure that. 

Showing a client’s (or your) house in a half an hour? Here’s your last-minute checklist.

  •  Double-check the details of the home and be sure no highlights are left out on literature you intend to distribute: number  of bathrooms, school zones, dates of improvements, custom items, etc.
  •  Outside: Be sure the garage doors are down and items such as trash cans and toys are put away. Move cars to ensure  there is a clear view of the home from the street and buyers have a place to park.
  •  Remove remaining personal items and other distracting pieces that can be easily physically hidden. You can stash these  items in a bin and put them someplace temporarily: such as a car trunk.
  •  Make sure personal toiletries are put away and surfaces such as bathroom vanities and kitchen counter tops are clean.
  •  Turn on interior lights in china cabinet or shelves.
  •  Open all blinds and curtains to let in the light (unless a view is particularly bad).
  •  Make sure the home is a comfortable temperature.
  •  Make sure there is an inviting place for potential buyers to sit down. Strategically organize pillows on sofas and make  them look inviting.
  •  Close closet doors.
  •  Empty all the garbage cans in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  •  Put down toilet seat lids.
  •  Ensure beds are made.
  •  Make sure pets are out of the house.
  •  Make sure the home smells nice.

Selling Tips

AT&T: 800-222-0300 (phone)
Sprint: 910-864-9011 (phone) 
Alltel: 910-944-2301 (phone) 
Time Warner: 910-692-6684 (cable) 
Charter Cable: 800-672-2545 (cable)

Real Estate Closing Attorneys
Buck Adams: 910-295-1700; Fax (295-1612) 
Craig Phifer: 910-692-5100; Fax (692-2259) 
Robert Friesen: 910-692-4900; Fax (692-4286)

Additional information

Duke Energy (electric): 800-452-2777

Pinehurst/West End: 910-947-6315
Southern Pines: 910-692-2206
Whispering Pines: 910-949-2010

Ferrellgas: 910-944-1087 (gas) 
North Carolina Gas: 800-275-6264 (gas)

Home Remodeling
Bascom Johnson: 910-603-2672

Irrigation Systems  
Williams Irrigation: 910-215-6434

Land Surveyor  
Associates  910-255-0420
Strother Surveying  910-875-8081

Lawn Cleanup/Service 
Tim's Yard Service: 910-673-9273
Tony Trolio: 910-245-4194
Town & Country: 910-673-5296
Twinscape: 910-948-2386

Aberdeen Lock: 910-944-9406
Pro Lock & Key: 910-944-1055

Lot Cleaning
Doug Williams: 910-673-2810
Skeet Douglas: 910-947-5228

Moving Company 
Sam Byers (Atlas): 704-528-9596
M. M. Smith (Allied): 800-764-8466
On The Move (Local): 910-639-9010

John Upton: 910-992-6409
Aberdeen Paint: 910-692-4451 
Federmack Painting: 800-724-6856
Pest Control
Hines Pest Control: 910-244-2669 
Aberdeen Exterminator: 901-944-2474

PERC Testing
Moore County: 910-947-6283

Ralph Spatz: (910) 783-5125
​John Cole's: 910-639-4933
Adam Ingram: 910-690-5772 
Frank Israel: 910-692-8727

Pine Straw Spreading
Jose Avalos Martinez: 910-434-2019                     David King: 910-690-1884

Pool/Spas Service
Pools, Etc.: 910-944-7581
Vass Swimming Pools910-246-0888

​Power washing / Window cleaning 
Dennis Clapp: (910) 986-0034

Roof Repair/Replacement
​Elite Roofing: 910-757-0505
Barry Leonard: 910-639-1007
Moore CountyRoofing: 910-916-7809

​Poncho Champion: 910-638-0294

Septic Cleaning/Inspection
Marlin Septic: 910-295-1899

Blue Land: 910-692-6461
Stephen Sheffield: 910-255-0420

Stone Mason
Gary Volk/East Carolina Masonary: 910-783-8591

Storage Units - Southern Pines
James Carpenter: 910-315-344

Stucco Inspection
Carolina Speciatiies  919-703-5011

Stucco Repair
John Fields      910-215-7549

Tax Preparation
Sandhills Accounting Pat: 910-695-0147

Tile Work
Suddreth Tile: 910-315-2473
Henry Key: 910-235-0679

Tree Removal Service 
Hearthwood Tree Removal: 910-246-2300 
Piedmont Land Management  704-363-6863 
Southern Pines Tree Service: 910-695-7299

Animal Health Center: 910-692-4201
Cin-Lar Kennel: 910-947-3264

Water Testing
Carolina Envir.: 910-775-1880
Aqua Tech: 910-776-5999

Window Repair
Tim MvVicker   910-257-1083

Woodpecker Inspection (empty lots)
Jay Carter Associates: 910-695-1043

Appliance Purchases

Kee's Appliance: 910-944-8887
Keith’s Maytag: 910-944-9200
Lowe’s: 910-693-1010
Sears: 910-944-2313

Auto Insurance
State Farm Jim Leach: 910-215-8150

Chic Designs: 919-353-2144
Comfort Made Blinds: 910-295-6604

Cabinets Kitchens/Baths
Brooks Cabinetry: 910-639-1480
David Clements: 910-695-3308
Eudy’s Cabinets: 704-888-4454
James Beddingfield: 910-692-7182

Gulistan Carpet Outlet: 910-944-6204
Carpet Rug outlet: 800-462-7745
Southern Carpet: 910-295-8097
Upchurch Floors: 910-948-3302

​Car State Inspection
PJ's Auto Care/Tires  (910) 692-3944

Car Services                                                  PJ's Auto Care Tire Pros: 910-692-3944           

Concrete and Brick Work                               Chad Goodwin: 910-295-1094
Carolina Curb: 919-280-6767

Contractor Licensed
Barry Leonard: 910-639-1007
Scott Tortora

Computer Services
Allen Lee: 910-215-5517
Best Buys (Geek Squad): 800-433-5778

Custom Closets
California Closets: 910-692-6970

Roger Seago: 910-690-3586
Southern Pines Electric: 910-692-0622
David Mull Electric: 910-245-4355

Foundation Work/Chimney Separation Repairs
RamJack: 919-309-9727

Furnace Service 
Air Specialties: 910-944-2526
Carolina Climate Control: 910-947-2823

Golf Cart Repair
Rodney Cart Repair. 910 690 5235

Granite/Marble Countertops
S&D Granite & Marble Inc.: 910-944-3270

Handyman/Home Remodeling 
​Bascom Johnson 910-603-2672                   
Henry Adkins: 910-494-8507
John Alger: 910-639-0097
Steve Terrell: 919-528-2978
Fred Morrison: 910-295-5898

Hardwood Floor Refinishing ​​
Bascom Johnson: 910-603-2672
Luther: 910-639-1347
​Upchurch Floors: 910-948-3302

Heating & Air Conditioning 
Four Seasons: 910-235-0606
Carolina Climate Control: 910-947-2823

Home Cleaning 
Elaine Woodruff: 910-690-9975
Susan Key: 910-315-2565
Kathleen: 910-295-4673
Lesa’s Cleaning Service: 910-281-5543 
Take Care: 910-255-0088
Teeple’s Touch: 910-673-1932
Terrell: 910-718-1762

​Home Inspections
Malcolm McLester: 910-334-0332 
Jere McKeithen: 910-690-6631
Mike Ratkowski: 910-675-6019  

Home Insurance
State Farm Jim Leach: 910-215-8150

Home/Auto Insurance 
Jim Leach (State Farm): 910-215-8150

​Home Inspections 
All-Pro Inspections: 910-693-0122  
AmeriSpec: 910-849-0620
Payne Inspections(910) 986-8578  
Malcom McLester Signature Home Inspections  
​(910) 334-0332