Now that you have decided to sell your home in Shoreline, WA; perhaps the overwhelm is setting in… you’re probably asking yourself “Where to start?” This is a common reaction when people face the potentially overwhelming prospect of a move. Take a look out our home seller tips and checklist so you can get ready to sell your house!
How To Get Your Shoreline, Washington Home Ready To Sell On the Real Estate Market: Seller Tips & Checklist
Here are a few guidelines to follow to get your home sold Faster and for MORE MONEY! 😊.
Hi, I’m Emily Cressey with HomePro Associates at HomeSmart in Seattle and grew up in Lake Forest Park, WA near Shoreline, WA and have been involved in millions of dollars of real estate transactions. If you’re feeling overwhelmed about the idea of selling your home: I UNDERSTAND!
I have found that by having a plan to follow, you can better prepare your home for those house hunters that are desperate to find a home these days!
Four Home Seller Tips To Help Prepare Your Home For Sale
Home Selling Checklist For Inside The House:
#1) The first thing you can to sell your home is so important: De-Clutter and Deep Clean that house! This can be a long process, but the sooner you start, the better. You have to pack anyway, so you might as well start putting away the things you won’t need for a few months and open up your space.
Take a really good look at each room, and pack up anything that you won’t need for the next few months. This includes any personal items, including pictures, your kids’ artwork from the fridge and trophies or personal collections & display items.
Next, you want to make sure that your home is sparkly clean, so it photographs like a model home on Pinterest. If you’re not a great cleaner, we can have it professionally cleaned right before it goes on the market, so (fingers crossed!) you’ll only have to keep it that way for a week or two if it sells quickly!
Remember, when a buyer sees a dirty home, they feel that the home may not have been well-maintained and we don’t want to give buyers any reason to look elsewhere or lower their offer.
Help your home shine by cleaning the walls, cabinets and especially the kitchen and bathroom. Pay special attention to the grout in your shower and tile.
#2) Finish Those Fix-Up Projects: Next, Check your “Honey-Do” list and make sure you finish any little projects around the house that you haven’t taken care of yet. This could be fixing a closet door, a dripping faucet, washing the windows, or changing dead light bulbs. Be SURE that structural or mechanical items are in working order and recently serviced – things like your furnace and water heater, for example.
#3) Paint and Carpet: If your home hasn’t had a fresh coat of paint on those walls for a while, you may want to consider painting. Although YOU may really like that purple kitchen, it may make your kitchen look like a cave to a prospective buyer. These are some great tips for the inside of your home to help it show its best when you’re ready to sell.
I ALSO want you to think about creating a great first impression for buyers when they arrive at your house, which brings me to:
#4) CURB APPEAL! To learn more about this and for more practical steps to you need to think about when selling, just keep reading!
Following these steps will help you sell your home faster and for more money. For more information, feel free to call us or fill out the form at the bottom of this page. We are your 98155, 98133, 98177 North Seattle, Shoreline, Washington real estate experts! And remember we’re here to serve!
Home Selling Checklist For Outside The House:
So… you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, and you want to make sure you’re going to get the BEST return on your investment, right!?! Let’s Talk About How Curb Appeal Creates A Strong First Impression! These tips will help!!
I know: Selling homes is second nature to me as I’ve been involved in real estate for 18 years, but some sellers I’ve talked to are nervous about selling – OF COURSE YOU ARE! Selling Your Home Is A Big Deal!
So, let’s talk about how you can make sure your home makes a GREAT positive impact on buyers when they first see it. In the real estate biz we call this “Curb Appeal.”
How your home looks when buyers first roll up gives them an emotional “gut sense” of what your house will be like. This is when they decide if they “love it” or not.
So drive up to your house and pause and see how it looks… is it dark? Is it dirty? Is it overgrown? Is there moss on the roof? Fix it: Get some solar powered outdoor lights, hire a landscaper to tidy up the yard and have someone clean your roof and gutters.
If you see mud and mildew everywhere, consider power washing the pavement, but don’t go overboard, cranked up all the way those power washers can do some damage. Hint: Do not power wash your siding on the “high” setting!
Next, pretend you’re the buyer parked in the driveway and walk up to your front door. This is where buyers hang out, waiting with anticipation.
As an agent, it takes a few seconds for me to open a lockbox, and this gives the buyer a chance to really look at your entryway while they are waiting. Take a moment to make sure there isn’t any peeling paint on the door or cobwebs around the lights. Think about some nice potted plants, or an outdoor chair or bench to make this area inviting.
Home Selling Checklist When Your House Is On The Market:
Once your potential buyers walk into your house…What do they see? What do they hear? What do they smell? Do they love it?
1) First Impressions Matter and Happen on A Sensory/Emotional Level! Consider playing some nice music and use plugins to create a pleasant fragrance.
2) Next, work with your agent on staging your home. 77% of buyer’s agents said that staging a home makes it easier for buyers to visualize themselves living in the home.
And professional home staging will help you sell your home and make your home stand out against the competition by showcasing the best features of your home to any prospective buyers and helps them form an emotional attachment. Research shows that professionally staged homes can sell for as much as 10% more than homes that are not staged. Whaaaaaat!? Do it!
3) Once your home is GORGEOUS Dahling, you will want to get professional photos of your home.
Why? Because According to Nat’l Assoc of Realtors, 67% of buyers will walk through a home that they saw online… so professional pictures are the buyer’s true first impression and must sell the buyers on taking the next step and coming out to take a look in person.
4) Now, once your home is all ready for buyers, you must have a showing plan. Buyers and their agents may request a showing of your home at any time and you must be prepared to pack up and head out.
Until your home is under contract, it’s important to be able to leave your home and have it “show ready” at a moment’s notice.
A few things you can do to make this easier is to focus on cooking meals that are simple and easy to clean up after (or just get takeout!)
Also, find a place to bring your pets during showings, maybe bring them to work with you, or if they’re home during the day while you’re gone, ask someone in your family or a good friend to take care of them while your home is on the market. Of course, if you’re working from home, you can just jump in the car and head to a local dog park for some fun outside!
These steps for boosting your home’s curb appeal and keeping it nice while it’s being visited by buyers will help you in selling your home faster and for more money. For more information feel free to call us here at HomePro Associates with HomeSmart. We are your Shoreline, Washington (98155, 98133, 98177) area real estate experts! And remember, we are here to serve!
Now This One Might Surprise You – Do You Need A Home Inspection When You SELL Your Home?
Should you do a home inspection if you are selling your home, PRIOR to putting it on the market?
I know there’s so much to think about when you want to sell your home: it’s hard to decipher what to or not to do. Now that you’ve spent time preparing your home for sale, why should you worry about a Home Inspection? I’ll tell you why.
The home inspection on your home is just as important as your contract offer. Almost every buyer whose contract is accepted will do a Home Inspection, even their lender will recommend that they get one. The home inspection is designed to evaluate the general condition of your home and all of its mechanical systems.
This inspection can either make or break your deal, so spending a little time on some of these issues BEFORE your home goes under contract will save you time and money in the end. Also, knowing what repairs that may come up and the cost to fix them will help give you a better understanding of what your true proceeds will be.
Let’s look at the major issues that often come up on a home inspection checklist:
#1 Electrical Issues – Make sure that all outlets, GFCIs, and switches work and replace any broken outlet covers. Also, replace burned out light bulbs to avoid a negative observation like “Light is inoperable” on the report that may suggest an electrical problem.
#2 Water and Plumbing – make sure you don’t have any leaky faucets or signs of leaking under your cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms or on outside spigots.
#3 Heating and Air Conditioning Systems – Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
#4 Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries. In Washington State, this is required when you sell your home.
#5 Attend to broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches; window panes, screens and locks; gutters, roof tiles, downspouts and chimney caps.
#6 – Decay, rot and mildewing items; these include Dry Rot. Dry rot often occurs around door frames on exterior doors or on the siding of homes. This is common in that they are older and/or have a lot of sun exposure, but it can be easily addressed. Also, be sure to remove stored items, debris and wood from underneath the home in the crawl space. These may be cited as “conducive conditions” for termites or they very well may already have termites on them. Also, be sure to trim any tree limbs within 10 ft of the house.
#7 Doors – make sure that all of your doors open, close and lock easily. Garage doors must also have working safety features like sensors. When you want to sell your home, this is a must for most buyers and their lenders.
Lastly, #8 Recaulk around tubs, showers and countertops in bath rooms and countertops in kitchens. Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property. Your real estate agent will thank you! For any clarification of these items, feel free to call us here at HomePro Associates or fill out our contact form on this page so we can be in touch with you. If you’re thinking about selling your Shoreline, WA (98155, 98177, 98133) home, we are your local experts. Let us know how we can best serve you.
Here’s A Good Problem To Have: Multiple Buyers Interested In Your Shoreline, WA Home For Sale
But, WHICH OFFER Should You Take? Is The HIGHEST OFFER Always The Best?
Multiple Offers? Which one should you choose?
Did you know that just because you received an offer on your Shoreline, WA home for sale that was $20,000 over your asking price, that that doesn’t necessarily mean you should sell your home to that buyer? You may have another offer sitting in your stack that will actually be better for you, even though it’s only $10,000 over your asking price!
Believe me, I want you to pocket the most money possible for your house, so I understand why you’d be confused here. I help sellers choose offers for very specific reasons and sometimes, the offers they choose didn’t have the highest price.
I’m Emily Cressey, owner of HomeProAssociates.com and a real estate broker at HomeSmart here in Seattle, WA, and I want to help you sell your home. In this home seller checklist, I’ll break down some key things to think about besides that offer price when you find reviewing multiple offers to buy your home for sale.
- First on the list: The closing date. Does that date match up with your desired time frame? Or will you be homeless for a few weeks while you wait for your next house to close? How important is that date to you?
- What type of financing does the buyer have? Are they offering cash or getting a loan? Did you know the type of loan needs to be taken into account based upon the condition of your home and other contributing factors. Certain loan types have stricter appraisal requirements than others. Imagine if you found yourself in a situation where you’re now required to make a $10,000 repair or replacement or the buyer’s lender says, “Nope! We’re not funding this loan.”
- Are they offering an additional down payment if the appraisal value does not come in at their offered purchase price? In a hot market like this, everyone is offering over asking price. Does that mean that you will actually receive that price? Not if you potentially accept the wrong offer or don’t counter out certain items in the contract.
- How about the inspection contingency? Most buyers will want an inspection on their new home before moving in. Truthfully it’s a great way to protect themselves from unforeseen circumstances. However, again, we’re in a market so hot that we’re seeing plenty of buyers waiving their inspection contingency.
If You Got Two Offers To Buy Your Home For Sale… Which One Would You Choose?
Let’s just use the scenario of receiving an offer that is $20,000 over your asking on your home, and the buyer is requesting an inspection, but you have another offer that is only $10,000 above asking price but they are waiving their inspections (which means they are not having inspections) well, then … that’s something to consider. Because, on the home that is having inspections, you are open to the possibility of the inspector finding issues that you didn’t know of? And then, you and the buyers would possibly have to re-enter negotiations or worse, they could simply walk away.
Those are only a few things to think about when you’re reviewing multiple offers and are ready to sell your home. Having an experienced agent like me in your corner, to help you comb through the fine-print details of multiple contracts will stop your head from spinning and we will get you a strong offer for your property, while taking steps to ensure we won’t run into a ton of issues that could cost you time, money, and energy later in your transaction.
To find out some other reasons that the highest priced offer may not always be the best choice for you when selling your home, contact us using the form below. I’m Emily Cressey, owner of HomeProAssociates.com and I’m here to help you have a fun, empowered, and informed real estate experience by guiding you every step of the way to sell your home. I can’t wait to talk to you soon!