How to Prepare Your House to Sell.

You are ready to sell your house, but is YOUR house ready to sell?


I'm Katie Dixon, Snohomish Real Estate Agent and broker, and I'm all about being your go-to guide and bringing you peace of mind during what can be one of the most stressful times in life: selling a home! Easing the stress and making it joyful (not painful!) is what I do best!


Here are 4 tips to start so you can eliminate overwhelm as you prepare to get your home market ready, which will get you more money in your pockets! And let's be honest as sellers we all want to make $$$ on the sale of our home.


Tip 1: Prep the Paperwork.


It's not as fun as binge-watching Netflix, but you gotta do it. Buyers and agents are going to ask a lot of questions, so start digging out the paperwork now: utility bills, tax bills, renovation details, warranties, survey and rental contracts, and mortgage details. Any and all paperwork about your house have ready.


Tip 2: Make an Extra Set of Keys.


Prospective buyers and their agents will need to access your home. It's worth the $3 not to have to open the lockbox every time you want to come home. Nobody's got time for that!


Tip 3: Time for the Boxes and Duct Tape.


Decluttering is a BIG part of this process. Next time you're at Costco, pick up some big totes for packing away things you don't need on a day-to-day basis. For less than $100, you can get a head start and keep stress levels low during the process of preparing to list. If you're going to be moving a lot of stuff, consider renting a POD storage locker. You fill up the POD at your home, it gets carted away, stored, and then delivered to your new home when you move in!


Tip 4: Update Light Fixtures and Change Bulbs.


It's easy to forget about all the bulbs that have burned out, but you want your home to be as bright as possible. Lighting makes an incredible difference to how a home looks to potential buyers. If you have dated light fixtures (it's OK, a lot of us do), take a quick trip to IKEA or Home Depot and pick up some more modern ones.


For more daily tips to help you get your house ready to WOW and SELL, download my FREE 30-Day Guide to A Sale Ready Home.

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