Cristina Jensen, Realtor
Windermere Real Estate/Northwest Inc.

Tips for Getting Started

The key to selling your home quickly and at the right price is in preparing it appropriately. Here are some tips to help you get started.

  • Give your home a thorough cleaning
  • Oil door hinges, tighten door knobs
  • Have carpets professionally cleaned, or replaced if damaged
  • Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets
  • Replace all burned-out light bulbs and clean all light fixtures
  • Repair defective light switches
  • Get rid of clutter both inside and outside the home
  • Cut and edge grass
  • Trim hedges and weed gardens
  • Paint, fix or wash railings, steps, storm windows, screens and doors
  • Clean out the gutters
  • Wash the windows
  • Tidy up the garage
  • Paint, wash and fix garage doors and windows
  • Touch up all interior paint
  • Remove moss and debris from roof
  • Clean crawl space and replace vapor barrier if needed

Here are some helpful tips for showing your home.

  • The first week or two can be stressful for some pets. If possible, keep your pet with you during the day or with a loving friend.
  • Put away items in the yard like garden tools, bicycles and toys.
  • Make sure your home is well lit.
  • Remove clutter from tables and shelves. Less clutter creates the illusion of a larger space.
  • Keep money, prescription drugs, and other valuables out of view.
  • Add a ground up lemon to the garbage disposal to give the kitchen a fresh smell.
  • Open shades and curtains to let in light.
  • Light a fire in the fireplace to create a comfortable ambiance.
  • Keep radios and TV off—although oftentimes soft music in the background is a nice touch.
  • Use caution with the use of incense and scented candles
  • Don’t cook strong smelling foods like seafood, onions and garlic
  • FEEL FREE TO BAKE ALL YOU WANT. IT’S ALWAYS OK TO SHARE WITH YOUR REALTOR!

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