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Top 10 List of things to do to get your home ready for sale.

The top 10 things to do to get your home ready for the real estate market.

Get your home on the market and get top dollar. 

The best time to prepare your home is before it’s on the marketplace. 

Here are the top 10 things to do to prepare your home for the real estate market. 

#1 –  De-clutter. Start throwing out, donating everything that you don’t use. If you currently live in your house, you’re going to continue to live in your house while it’s on the market. We want the least amount as possible in the house. Start boxing things up. You’re going to need to do that anyway when you move. Start decluttering now.  Remember the 3 areas of decluttering: Donate, throw away or keep.

#2 –  Depersonalize your house. Depersonalize, means family photos, family heirlooms, anything private or valuable. You want to start putting valuables away in safe locations. Personal artwork that’s very specific to you. We want to make a blank slate of your home for the new owners. We want the buyer to imagine themselves in your house. So if there’s anything very specific to you, that may be different from other people, take it down. When in doubt, just take it down. As you’re taking down photos, you might replace the photos with artwork so you don’t have to patch the walls. If you take it down and there’s something to patch, definitely start patching up the nail holes. 

#3 – Seasonal cleanup. Specifically, yard cleanup. Most specifically, the front yard. First impressions are everything. It’s the law of primacy, is the first impression the buyer’s going to have out of your home is the lasting impression. In fact, it’s even more powerful than that. The first photo online is the outside photo, and 94% of buyers search for homes online, so make it count.  People don’t realize this, but the primary photo has to be the front of your house. So we want to make the front of the house the most beautiful, attractive we possibly can. So what can we do? We can clean up the beds around the front. We can take out some bushes. Maybe we take down a tree. Pruning, raking, mowing, and removing any dead materials. You don’t have to wait until the grass is green to get top dollar. Just need to clean it up.  Paint the front door is a huge one that you can work on. Takedown Christmas lighting, anything in the front that does not need to be there. As an exercise go to the sidewalk and look at your house and think about what can I remove? 

#4 – Clean Windows and Blinds. Natural Lighting is everything. Open up the blinds, open up the windows and get them clean. You could have a professional do it, or you can do it yourself. You can buy all the professional equipment at Lowe’s or Home Depot for under $60 and you can have beautiful clean windows. 

#5 –  Clean the interior of your house. Start with the buyer’s journey as they walk through your house. Start in the front door and work your way through the house and clean the areas in the order a buyer will walk through your house on a showing.  

Should you clean the carpets? Yes. 

Should you clean the interior of your closets? Yes. 

Should you clean everything? Yes. Clean everything. Baseboards, trim, you name it, wipe it all down. 

Pro-tip  – Go to Costco, buy the big 20 pack of yellow microfibers. Buy two of them, have a clean pile and a dirty pile and just get to work with some spray bottles wiping down everything.  Start cleaning the interior today.  

#6 New Bedroom Linen – Duvet covers, sheets, pillowcases, new linens throughout the house. Go to, Marshall’s or Target, buy new pillows for your bed and furniture.

#7 – New bathroom linens, towels, and bathroom soap dispensers. We want to decorate the bathroom.  Buy beautiful white linens or grey linens that look fluffy and inviting like you’re going to a hotel. Make it pop.

#8 – Make 2 sets of keys – Two sets of keys, because when you put your home on the market, we’re going to put a key box on your front door. An electronic key box that only real estate agents can access. We’re members of two multiple listing services, the Northwest and the Northcentral Washington MLS. Each one has a separate lockbox. When they access the key box, we will get a notification that your home has been shown. We then can follow up with that agent and see how that showing went and if they’re going to be making an offer. We can also influence them into making an offer and getting a bidding war

#9 Print your Payoff Mortgage Statement – Go on your mortgage website, or find your last statement. You will need to know your remaining mortgage balance to calculate your equity or net proceeds for when you sell your home.  

#10 Valuation – Invite a real estate team like the Nick McLean Real Estate Group over to give you a market analysis or a value on your home. What we can sell your home for in today’s market using our marketing. 

Nick McLean
Nick McLean Real Estate Group

Call our Home Owner Hotline to talk to one of our expert Listing Experts – 509-255-8070

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