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Preparing Your Home to Sell

When listing your home to sell there are three important  aspects  to consider: Preparation, Presentation, and Price. Let's talk about preparation. 

Preparing your home doesn't mean remodeling - It simply means making the absolute best of what you already have.

My goal is to help you prepare your home for listing in a cost effective manner that will eliminate common buyer concerns, achieve the very highest selling price and attract the best, most qualified buyers.

I will advise which areas of the home may remain “as is” and which areas should be attended to so your house sells for the very highest possible price in the shortest amount of time. 

If necessary I can take care of everything.  I have a referral list of service providers that I can count on to do an excellent job with anything that is needed.  The four critical areas to focus on are:  Interior , Cleaning, Curb Appeal,  and Systems Maintenance.

  1. Interior The two most visible areas which make an impact on buyers are floors and walls.  Painting is cost effective and makes for a great first impression.  Scuffed trim may need a fresh coat.  Brightly or multicolored rooms benefit from repainting into a neutral color throughout.  I can advise on neutral color choices that are current and popular with buyers.

    Floors are extremely important.  Perhaps the carpet needs a steam cleaning, or worn areas need to be replaced.  Hardwood floors are a very big deal.  Often the first words out of buyers mouths when they walk into the open house are “Are there hardwoods under that carpet?”  If a home has original hardwood floors that have been protected under carpet for the last 50 years, pulling them up before listing will create that “wow” factor.  
  2. Cleaning A thorough professional deep clean is very important.  The windows should also be professionally cleaned both inside and out, especially important with view homes.  Odors can be a deal breaker for buyers.  Scented plug ins or sprays should never be used.  I have a “Green” cleaning service that I recommend as well as an absolutely fabulous window washer!  De-cluttering, De-personalizing and staging are all important steps and I discuss these in the “Presentation” section.
  3. Exterior Curb Appeal Curb appeal cannot be overstated.  The pressure washer is your friend.  A little time spent pressure washing goes a LONG way.   I will help focus on areas that are important to buyers or may be called out by inspectors.  Vegetation should be trimmed away from the perimeter of the home.   All the flower beds should be cleaned and mulched.  The landscaping or yard should be trimmed, edged, weeded and mowed.   The entryway should be very clean and inviting. Place a nice new door mat at the front door with a few flower pots for color and you are ready to roll.
  4. Systems The “big 5” systems are the roof, electrical, plumbing/sewer, heating and foundation.  I will advise on any issues that may make sense to address.  Common proactive maintenance items prior to listing may include servicing the furnace, locating or decommissioning an old oil tank, or scoping the sewer line. 

If you would like a free consultation on your home preparations, please don't hesitate to call or email.

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Selling your home for the best price requires preparation

Whether you are selling an Alki Beach Condo, a Greenlake Tudor or Queen Anne Craftsman, every Seattle home needs a little prep work to get the best price. My experience and proven methods can help you increase curb appeal for that important first impression, manage your budget for any needed maintenance and bring out the best in your home for a quicker sale at the best price.

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