Alright, so you’re ready to sell your home? That’s exciting! But, hold on a second. After selling homes in the bustling streets of New York City for years, I’ve picked up a trick or two. Or rather, do and don’t. Ready to dive in? Here’s Kirsten Jordan’s top 5 dos and don’ts for selling your home. 

The Ultimate Dos

Do Clean and Declutter

Imagine walking into a cluttered, messy home. Not the best first impression, right? Now, think about the buyer’s perspective. You want them to visualize their life in your space. So, grab those boxes, toss out what you don’t need, and make your home sparkle.

Do Price it Right

Ah, the age-old debate: “How much is my home really worth?” It’s tempting to shoot for the stars, but remember: A too-high price can deter potential buyers. Do your research, check out the market, and set a competitive price. Remember, time is of the essence!

Do Work with a Reputable Realtor

With the array of online platforms, you might think, “Do I really need a realtor?” Let me tell you, a good realtor (hint, hint) can make all the difference. They’ll guide you through the process, provide valuable insights, and have a network of potential buyers. So, find someone you trust and let them work their magic.

Do Make Necessary Repairs

That leaky faucet or chipped paint might seem minor, but to a potential buyer, it screams “Neglect!” Address these issues before listing. A home in good condition is like a shiny apple in a fruit stall. Tempting, isn’t it?

Do Stage Your Home

Ever watched a home makeover show? The transformation is mind-blowing! Staging can make your home appealing to a wider audience. Fresh flowers, neutral colors, and a touch of personality can do wonders.

The Major Don’ts

Don’t Get Emotionally Attached

Yes, your home holds memories, but now’s the time to detach. Think of it as a product you’re selling. Keep emotions at bay and make decisions with your head, not your heart.

Don’t Neglect the Exterior

The sophistication of your home’s interior may be reminiscent of a chic urban loft, but if the exterior resembles a forgotten alleyway, it can send the wrong message. First impressions are key, even in the bustling streets of New York City. Ensure your entrance is impeccable, the facade is well-maintained, and the windows gleam with cleanliness. A thorough top-to-bottom sweep of any outdoor space, no matter how compact, will contribute to a welcoming atmosphere that’s hard to overlook.

Don’t Hide Major Issues

Remember, honesty is the best policy. If there are significant issues with your home, disclose them. It builds trust, and you won’t have nasty surprises popping up later.

Don’t Overprice

I know, I mentioned this in the dos. But it’s worth repeating. An overpriced home can sit on the market for ages. Not the ideal scenario, right?

Don’t Reject Low Offers Outright

Lowball offers can be disheartening, but don’t dismiss them immediately. Negotiate! Sometimes, a conversation can lead to a win-win situation for both parties.


Selling your home, especially in NYC, is an art. And like all arts, it requires finesse, strategy, and a touch of humor. Remember these dos and don’ts, and you’ll be well on your way to making a successful sale. Cheers to new beginnings!


How long does it usually take to sell a home?

It varies depending on the market conditions, but on average, it can take a couple of months to sell a home.

Should I renovate my home before selling?

If the renovations can significantly increase the value of your home or make it more attractive to buyers, then yes. However, always weigh the costs against potential returns.

How do I know if my realtor is reputable?

Research their track record, read reviews, and ask for references. A good realtor will always have a solid reputation.

What’s the most common mistake sellers make?

Overpricing their home. It’s essential to be realistic and understand the current market.

Do open houses really work?

Absolutely! Open houses provide potential buyers with an opportunity to view the home in a non-pressured environment. They can be very effective if done right.