So you're getting ready to sell your home and you want it to sell fast. A family member, realtor or a well meaning friend tell you what you need to do to sell it fast. Curb appeal, paint, porch light fixtures to name a few. In the process, you can end up spending far more money than you need to.

Today on the Top 5 at 7:45 I'll highlight my top 5 things that you should not do when trying to sell your home. The Top 5 at 7:45 airs weekdays on KGAB Mornings with me, Gary Freeman and is brought to you by First Education Federal Credit Union.

  1. Tile The Bathroom: So you install Yule Marble, which cost's about $150 per cubic foot to impress the client. This is way expensive and not necessary.
  2. Install A Built-In Swimming Pool: In Wyoming? Really? That might actually bring the value of the home down. As soon as people see it, they may move along to the next home.
  3. Paint The Outside Bright Colors: I know you want the place to stand out, but outlandish colors is not the way to do it. They may pull up, take one look and then book on out of there.
  4. Chop All The Trees Down: You're thinking that no one will even notice your house unless you expose it by chopping down every bush and tree in the yard. If the yard is out of control with weeds and tall grass and unsightly bushes, then by all means trim them back. Mature trees may be a real asset to the property value.
  5. Put In The Most Expensive Carpet That Money Can Buy: If your carpet is dirty and ragged and refuses to come clean with a carpet cleaner, then you may want to replace with some moderate carpet. Don't knock yourself out with the best on the market.