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Thinking about selling your house? Buyers in the Western WA area are excited for this hot market to continue to flourish. Even with lower average days on the market, and the record-low inventory of properties available (meaning less competition for sellers), I’m sure you’ll want to appeal to the most well-qualified and proactive buyers, am I right? To do this, you need to understand that it’s important that you’ve taken the time to appropriately and thoroughly prepare your house beforehand. Don’t worry, it’s not as time-consuming and painful as it sounds…

 

  1. Start with some Spring Cleaning– This is a basic yet important step any homeowner should take in preparing their house for sale. Buyers are truly turned-off by a messy home. It can even signify that your house was not very well-maintained, even if that’s not the case.
    • Pick up and declutter- Make sure all your belongings have a place to go where they are out of the way, when not being used
    • Deep clean- Think grout, vents, and blinds…
    • Get rid of foul odors that you may be used to
    • Wash the windows
    • Steam clean the carpet and rugs
    • Scrub the walls and baseboards if you’re not going to paint
  2. Start Your Packing Early- You’re already going through every nook and cranny of your house while cleaning and decluttering, so why not go a step further and actually start packing for your upcoming move?
    • Box away any excess clothing that you’re not going to wear until next season
    • Pack up décor and belongings that you know you’ll want in your new home, but just don’t need or have space for in your current house
    • Purge all unneeded, unused items- Pack it up and donate to your local thrift shop!
    • Sell or donate some of the furniture that you don’t want to take with you
    • Store away your valuables, since you’re not going to want to leave those lying around while strangers walk through your house anyway…
  3. Quick Repairs- Now that you’re able to see your house a little more clearly without the grime and clutter, go ahead and make those repairs that you forgot about or just got too busy to get around to.
    • WD-40 those squeaky door hinges
    • Mend peeling wallpaper
    • Unstick Sliding windows
    • Fix leaky pipes and faucets
    • Tighten up any loose handrails
  4. Spruce up Colors and Décor- Let’s revive everything a bit! Buyers want to be inspired and motivated- What better way than to liven up your home?
    • Freshen up your walls with a contemporary-colored coat of paint (Don’t get too crazy—keep it neutral)
    • Swap the outdated décor and linens
    • Bring some of the outside in with new plants and flowers
    • Paint your front door a fun, bright color
    • Give new life to older furniture by staining or painting
    • Fill the fire place- Sweep away ashes and replace with silk flowers, arranged candles, birch logs, or a beautiful folding screen
  5. Curb Appeal- This is usually the main photo buyers will see in any marketing of your home, and it’s obviously the first thing they will see before entering the home- So, don’t scare them away from looking further!
    • Fresh coat of paint when needed- On the shutters, front door, mailbox, or possibly the entire house
    • Clean gutters
    • Trim the trees and bushes
    • Plant new greenery and annuals
    • Update the address numbering on the house
    • Power wash the fence

One last tip: Make sure your home is easy to show when it does go on the market. Be ready for agents and potential buyers to stop by with little notice- even early mornings, evenings, and weekends. It’s going to be preferred for you to leave the house while the buyers preview, so they can move about the house without feeling like intruders as well as talk freely about their opinions of the home. Make sure to keep your home clean, warm, fresh-smelling, and inviting at all times for those who provide short notice. I know this can be incredibly inconvenient for you and your family- but the easier it is to show your refreshed home with all of your inspired improvements, the quicker it will sell!