Preparing Your Home to Sell

Staging Tips That Help Sell Your Mill Creek-Bothell Home!
How to Look Better Than Your Competition!

Depending on your selling situation it is sometimes difficult to think about justifying spending even a penny to get your home ready for the market.  Home prices have fallen and many homeowners are mortgaged to the hilt.

However, the Mill Creek -Bothell home selling market is also very competitive. Buyers have a choice and they will pick the best.  They want a home at a good price, in a good location and one that they can move right into without having to do any work to it.

You will be at a disadvantage if you don’t fix up your home before selling it if you are competing with other sellers who are offering their home in top condition.  Statistics show us that you could sell for a lot less than if you had invested time and money into properly preparing your home for sale and it will take a lot longer too.

There are some things that you can do to prepare your home for sale that doesn’t cost much money.  It will take time and hard work however.  For example, most people have way too many personal possessions in their homes.  Decluttering benefits you in a couple of ways. The buyer will be able to see more of what your home has to offer instead of focusing on your “things” and you will already have a head start on your packing.

Remember, the way you live in your home is not necessarily the best way to show it off to prospective buyers.  You literally have minutes to create that First Impression!

Imagine you are the Buyer – you are looking for that WOW factor!  Starting from the curb.  Remember the saying, “You never have a second chance to make a first impression!”  The outside of your home is the first thing the prospective buyer sees. Like it or not, the outside speaks volumes about what’s inside-and about it’s owner.

We suggest painting the front door in a bold, cheerful glossy paint color, new door hardware (or some elbow grease to clean and polish the existing knocker, lockset, porch light, house numbers) a fresh, clean welcome mat and if you have room some welcome seasonal potted plants.   

We suggest painting the front door in a bold, cheerful glossy paint color, new door hardware (or some elbow grease to clean and polish the existing knocker, lockset, porch light, house numbers) a fresh, clean welcome mat and if you have room some welcome seasonal potted plants.


Attack the Clutter:

This is the most important thing you can do.  Clear it up, Clean it up and get rid of your clutter!  Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed.  Pick 1 room to start with and once complete, move on to the next one.  Too many books and knick knacks need to go!  Sometimes an inexpensive basket is useful for the little items that you still need access to yet it hides the “stuff.”


De-Personalize It:

We want the Buyers to see your home and all of it’s strengths.  We don’t want them distracted by pictures of the kids, pets, vacations and then leave forgetting if there’s a fireplace in the family room.


Less is More:

Most homeowners generally have TOO much furniture in a room leaving the buyers feeling that the rooms are too small!  Go for the clean and uncluttered look-you will be amazed.


Let Light In:

Take down old heavy drapery and replace with an inexpensive light and airy replacement.


Bright and Light:

Great lighting is one of the reasons that make staged homes so warm and inviting.  Most homes have too few light fixtures or the lighting is too dim.  Increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures.  Make sure and replace dingy, almond covered light switch plate covers with crisp white ones. New covers cost less than a dollar and are a quick and easy update.   Uplights are an inexpensive way to add light to any room.  Any home improvement stores carry them usually under $7.00.  Place them behind a potted plant or large vase for some great wow effects!


Color Creativeness:

The easiest and least expensive way to give your home a clean, fresh updated look is PAINT!  If you aren’t comfortable and experienced yourself -then there are plenty of reputable painting companies that can transform your home in a matter of days. It will delight and amaze you to see your white walls turn into a warm beige, honey or tan color.   If you have dark, dramatic colors in your home…’s too personal. Buyers usually can’t visualize their furniture and belongings.  They are then overwhelmed with the daunting task of painting the house.  Neutralize your paint colors before putting your home on the market!



Sounds basic right?  If most of us were going to sell our car, what would we do first?  Maybe detail it? Wash and clean it from the inside to the outside!

That’s exactly what you need to do to your home!  Go room to room, kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room etc…..and detail, clean, scrub until it’s sparkling!  Don’t forget the garage too! If you need to have the carpets professionally cleaned it will be the icing on the cake!



Those of us that have pets know that they are an integral part of the household. They do pose challenges when you are trying to sell your home.  Pet hair or worse yet SMELL will turn a buyer off immediately.  We use the saying “If you can smell it, you can’t sell it.” Make sure that litter boxes, cages, sleeping areas are clean and out of sight if possible.  It is highly recommended that pets are removed from the home during all showings and Open Houses.


Hiring a Professional Home Stager or Realtor that is an Accredited Staging Professional will help you prioritize and customize what should be done in your home to create the “WOW” factor that you need in today’s market!