Nipping problems in the bud before listing your home for sale.

Nipping problems in the bud before listing your home for sale.


Being prepared and getting you home show ready before listing is so important. Some important things to do are doing a home inspection before listing. You can repair anything that comes up and leave the inspection report on the counter for the potential buyer to see. This helps the buyer feel confident that the home is in good shape and that it has been well cared for.

Another thing you can do is if you have a well or septic system have them inspected. Leave the well report for the buyer to see. Buyers want to know how many gallons per minute the well pumps. I can’t tell you how many times buyers want to know this information before making an offer. Also having the septic pumped and inspected is added reassurance.

It is also important to leave a map that shows the properties boundaries. So many buyers want to know where the boundaries are. Also leave a list of what internet providers are available in your area. Internet is so important these days to prospective buyers.

Many potential buyers also want to know if there are hard wood floors under the carpeting.

Leaving a love letter for the potential buyer is important as well. Tell them about the home. What do you love about it. Tell them about the neighborhood and some fun things to do in the area. Tell them why you are moving. Tell them about the amazing features of your home. Leave some photos of the home and yard in different seasons or some before and after pictures or improvements.

You can also leave a little play station for children to play in while their parents look at the home. You can also leave a little welcome gift such as a cookie to take with them when they leave.

It is also very important for you not to be present when your home is being shown. Many buyers feel uncomfortable when the owner is there. Put your pets in a crate or take them with you when your home is being shown. Make sure you open the drapes and turn on all the lights. Make sure your home is free of clutter and take down family pictures, so the buyer can envision themselves in the home. Remember less in each room is better than having too much furniture and decorations. The home will appear larger and cleaner. Also, don’t over power your home with fragrances as the buyer will think you are trying to cover up something.

Make sure your home has great curb appeal so potential home buyers will want to come in and take a look. Make sure walkways are clear and the porch is cleaned up. Maybe put a potted plant on the porch and give your front door a fresh coat of paint. Make sure the yard is clear of debri and planters are looking good. Cut back any shrubs or trees that need to be trimmed back so your home gets plenty of light.

For more tips on selling your home contact:

Pam Glende 509 731-3302


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