Iowa Realtor Janis Robinson Shares Top Tips for Successfully Selling Your Home

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Des Moines Realtor Janis Robinson, of eXp Realty, lists the top seven tips sellers should adhere to in order to stand out from the competition, and hosts donation drive for Operation Warm.

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This doesn’t mean dumping tens of thousands of dollars into landscaping contracts. Instead, sellers should think about easy, cost-effective strategies that make their home appear in its best light.

As a local expert, Robison, with eXp Realty, is well aware of the pitfalls that can keep an otherwise good home from selling. According to Robinson, home sellers can avoid these pitfalls by following seven simple steps:

No. 1: Price it right. Pricing a home too high is the biggest mistake that a seller can make. “Sellers should pay attention to the housing market, and set their asking price on the conservative end,” advised Robinson.

No. 2: Less is more. Resist the urge to stuff each room with flowers, art, and other eye-catching decorations before showing. “These decorations will only serve as distractions for potential buyers,” added Robinson.

No. 3: Cleanliness is key. Sweeping down cobwebs, wiping down surfaces, and performing other basic cleaning before showings will vastly improve the home’s appearance. “No one wants to envision themselves living in a dirty home,” stressed Robinson.

No. 4: Remove strong odors. Smokers -- or those with pets -- should resist the urge to quickly cover up any strong smells with air fresheners. “Instead, ask your Realtor whether the smell is noticeable,” stated Robinson. “If it is, head to a professional cleaning company for assistance.”

No. 5: Be flexible. Homes that are only available to show one or two days out of the week will typically take longer to sell. “Try to open your home for showings during the peak times when buyers are looking -- such as the weekend,” stated Robinson.

No. 6: If it’s broken, fix it. If your furnace or hot water heater is on its last leg, go ahead and replace it. Patch up leaking roofs, and ensure that electric panels with screw-in fuses are up to snuff. While these fixes cost money, they will save you headaches in the future -- and improve your relationship with your buyer.

No. 7: Work on your curb appeal. “This doesn’t mean dumping tens of thousands of dollars into landscaping contracts,” concluded Robinson. “Instead, sellers should think about easy, cost-effective strategies that make their home appear in its best light.”

Robinson is also hosting a donation drive for Operation Warm to help supply brand-new winter coats to children. Operation Warm works year-round to create colorful winter coats made just for kids. Every $20 provides a high-quality, brand new winter coat to a child who needs it most. Since 1998, Operation Warm has inspired hope by manufacturing and distributing winter coats to nearly 3 million children in need throughout the U.S.

To donate to Operation Warm through Janis Robinson, please visit

About Janis Robinson, eXp Realty
Janis Robinson works with both buyers and sellers. She has a team of professionals she utilizes during the home-selling process, including a professional stager, a home-blessing expert, and a skilled support staff. Janis makes the home buying or selling process as smooth as possible despite any surprise situations that might occur. For more information, please call 515-707-4770, or visit eXP Realty is located at 5550 Wild Rose LN, Suite 400, West Des Moines, IA 50266.

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