I'm not one of those agents that will tell you that you have to paint your home before I list it. Never! All homes will sell whether they are smelly, run down, outdated, cluttered, you name it. The price it will sell for, however, is a different story. The final sale price will absolutely be a reflection of the quality, cleanliness and style of your home.

Preparing Your Home for Sale

Do you mind getting a lower price on the sale just because there is too much furniture in the house and the carpet smells like dogs? It's up to you - I'm not judgmental. My job is to represent you in the sale of your home while meeting your needs and objectives. I will provide suggestions and recommendations on how to maximize the value of your home but it is ultimately your decision. It can be very worthwhile to do some inexpensive little things that make a huge difference in improving the desirability of your home. Research shows that buyers look for very specific features. Your attention to these details will dramatically impact the speed and price at which your home sells.

Because I see numerous homes on a daily basis, I have experience in what sells and doesn't, what turns buyers away and what they 'ooh' and 'ahh' about. I can recommend specific things that will improve your chances of getting your home sold quickly and for the highest price. It is always up to you whether you would like to do those things or not. While in your home, I can quickly tell you what will stand out to buyers as a negative factor. As a starting point, below is a summary list of things to think about as you prepare your house for sale. These are only suggestions!

Note: If you are moving from your home before it goes on the market, I recommend staging it with a few of your own decorations and furnishings or having a professional staging company do it. It makes a huge difference to the sale. Home staging is a service that I offer - whether you are a real estate client of mine or not. See my Staging webpage.

If you are interested in learning more about maximizing the sale price of your home, see my Suggested Home Sale Preparation and Improvements webpage.

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Jessica helped us both sell a condo and buy a house in Seattle. Jessica was extremely professional. She was very organized and methodical and made both the selling and purchasing process straightforward and enjoyable. She has a very friendly communication style and was articulate in explaining each step and helping answer any questions we had. We had her recommended by a friend and would highly recommend her to anyone looking to either buy or sell.