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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!

Selling a home can seem overwhelming enough, and unfortunately be made difficult when given bad advice. But don’t panic just yet- there truly is great information for you out there! I’m just encouraging you to be careful when researching, and never hesitate to talk with a real estate professional, since there are a few myths out there that get thrown around from time to time on how to sell a house.

Don’t worry–if your goal is to sell your home, you’ve come to the right place. Below, I’ve listed what I believe to be 3 major myths when getting ready to list your house.

Myth #1: Who needs a real-estate agent to sell a house? Save money and go the “For Sale By Owner” route! Sure, it seems logical that the For Sale By Owner method is going to be the cheapest option when it comes to selling your house. After all, by skipping on the real-estate agent you get to skip on their commission as well, right? Let’s take a closer look:

The Truth: Statistics show that selling your house using a real estate professional versus FSBO garners a larger net proceeds overall. According to the National Association of Realtor®’s 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the average FSBO sales price was $185,000, while the average price for a home represented by an agent was $245,000. That’s a difference of $60,000! You’ll be able to cover a commission as well as have extra in your pockets when all is said and done.

Myth #2: Looking to find out how much your home is really worth? Turn to Zillow for their Zestimates. After all, Zillow is an awesome tool for providing housing information, right? It will tell you how much your house is worth, how much neighboring houses are worth, etc. But Zillow, though a good general tool, still falls short when it comes to providing accurate prices for homes.

The Truth: Websites like Zillow work decently as a tool to help you look at the possible general price of what your house may be worth. However, it’s far from adequate. This is where the help of an experienced professional comes into play. An agent will be able to determine an accurate valuation, by completing a walk-through of the property, as well as being familiar in the specific market of that neighborhood and overall local trends. Zillow representatives won’t physically see your house- know all of the improvements that you’ve made, or observe what is in need of repair. An agent is also going to have up to date information about nearby properties that are currently on the market, recently sold, pending, or expired. This is all relevant when determining the value of a home. Zillow isn’t always the most current.

Myth #3: You can only sell your house in the springtime. Sure, it always seems like spring is the best time to sell or buy a house. And while it is definitely the most popular time of the year when it comes to selling or buying, other seasons of the year also provide various opportunities as well.

The Truth: Don’t just wait until springtime to sell your house. There are plenty of potential buyers out there who are looking for their new house to call home in all seasons. I can tell you from experience that houses sell all year round! Plus, during the less busy months of late fall and winter, you will have less neighboring homes to compete with. Why would you limit yourself to one particular time of the year, when you could already have your house on the market well before spring?

That being said, sometimes certain properties do sell better during particular seasons- not just spring. For example, selling in the summer could be a great opportunity for waterfront properties. Do you have a lot of leafy trees around your home? If so, imagine what a beautiful scene that would make with all those colorful leaves in the fall. Just remember that the housing market does not go into hibernation like most people think!