Congratulations on selling your home Jay and Kate!! Thank you for picking me to be your Realtor. It was a pleasure working with you and I wish you the best on your new adventure in California.
The market has been seeing change we are now back to a regular more balanced market. This beautiful home in Lake Tapps went from contingent to now pending.
With the market change when thinking of selling you need a good plan on what to do to your home in advance, a good marketing strategy to last the entire time you are on the market and a knowledgeable realtor with great negotiation skills. Someone that you can trust to handle a major event in your life to help make it as smooth as possible. Call me to talk if your planning to list any time within the next year. Follow me on Twitter and instagram @PNWrealty . or on Facebook Kristen Campbell- Windermere Lake Tapps Inc.
Just Listed!! Great opprotunity for a new home buyer!! Cute 1950’s home, new flooring, newly remodeled kitchen and all new stainless steel appliances. Great layout for entertaining. Huge covered patio and large fully fenced back yard. Roof is less than a year old and there is a newer water heater as well. Access to bus line, train and quick access to both Highway 18. MLS #1341630 . 300K
Enter into a 17 ft soaring ceiling entry. Light dances through the custom shutters making this open concept living delightful. Large lot with outdoor lighting and sprinkler system. Relax in this lush backyard looking out to a greenbelt.
There’s so much more, enjoy the sneak peek video and come and join us at the open house this weekend Aug 4th & 5th. Light refreshments, $75 drawing for gift basket and we will have a lender on hand for any questions regarding the lending process or loan questions. Please share this amazing home!!
Yesterday I posted an article about seller cleaning. Today the goal is to provide a basic checklist that will help the seller fulfill their part of the contract and also provide a satisfying move in experience for the buyers as well.
Even though most know about when they need to be packed up and moved out, there is the added part of cleaning. Many do well cleaning to leave thier home, some are in a rush and don’t put alot of effort into it and other’s as mentioned yesterday just have a different version of clean.
Here is a checklist you should plan on doing for your move out day (some items can be done as you pack):
- Wipe down cabinets on the outside and clean the shelving off on the inside
- Self Clean the oven inside and clean off the outside
- Clean inside and out of the microwave
- Clean the inside and outside of the refrigerator and freezer
- Sweep and mop all floors
- Vacuum all carpets
- dump all garbage cans
- Dust off remaining attached shelving, window sills, anything that appears to be dusty
- Wipe down the walls that larger furniture may have been in front of they can be dusty as well
- Clean out the sinks
- Clean the tubs and toilets
- remove lint from dryer
- Sweep garage
There is also the detail of items being left ie: lumber, paint, freezers, old vacuums, lawn mowers, or other large objects that you decide you cannot move like sofas, large hutches or pianos. If you have not already confirmed through the realtors that the new buyers want the larger objects you should remove, sell or dispose of these items.
Lumber and CURRENT paint cans can be left. However, not 20 cans that have been used over 30 years. I am sure none of you have done this, or had it done to you ( toungue in cheek here). There are places oil and stains can be taken to for safe disposal. Acrylic, waterbased paints should be opened to dry out. I do suggest the paints you should dry out well before you list your home so they are not an issue and already thrown away.
Hopefully this will help you at some point and or help a friend if you share this.
Those that have ever been on the buying side of a home are so excited and look forward to the day they get to move in. They have dreamed of it, imagined where the furniture goes and the pictures they plan to put up. They think I have the weekend to move and put togther my home and then SCHREECH!!!! put on the brakes!! They walk in for the first time that everything is out. The oven and refrigerator are not clean, there is a random trash can not removed, the carpets were not vacuumed. Some toilets appear to be less than scrubbed. There is a lawn mower, and paint in the garage. They left the curtains that they did not like by the way! The realtor is called about how horrible it is.
The 22D states that the home should be in the same state as when viewed and rubish and debris removed from the home. So yes, the one bathroom garbage that was left was to be gone.
But WAIT… People are human. We make mistakes. They are just as excited to leave to a new home, a new state. Someone in their cleaning party AKA family forgot the garbage.
Some are thinking, hmmm?? what about the toilets and kitchen appliances? I would have to agree, I personally feel that they should be scrubbed clean. Even if I never met the new owners I wouldn’t want them to think I didn’t clean my home well and I would want to show them decency to clean.
However, I also know that not everyone has the same version of clean. Some really believe they did clean and their version is much different and their expectations moving to a new home are slightly different. Others, they believe clean is deep cleaning of everything. There are those that no matter how clean the home is they WILL clean it all over again.
Some agents will provide pre-move in cleaning or some would say Post cleaning for those that sell. Those are benefits that a full service agent can offer.
How do we handle the emotions and expectations of the new buyer’s disappointment in the cleanliness of the home? Each family is individual, so there is not set way to correct this situation.
Some feel a cleaning checklist should be provided to the seller’s, some feel the agent should pay for the move out cleaning. Some are willing to accept that people aren’t perfect and have different versions of clean. That can mean really bad to really good, but either way those people just plan on cleaning regardless so they know it’s been done to their satisfaction.
In the end, seller cleaning is not specific, it is not defined and seller cleaning has many definitions. For thos selling, think about how you would like to see the house when you move into your new home. Buyers, the home may not be as clean as you like it, but it is yours. Remember we are all human and sometimes things are forgotten or just not something each person would value as something to clean. I would say expect to clean (because you know how you clean), expect some left over paint because they think they are helping you. The extra lumber is there again because they think you may want it.
Selling and Buying has some challenges, but let us remember we are all human, and things happen. Hopefully, your agent will step up to help in any way they can, otherwise have a coke/coffee/adult beverage take a deep breathe and dig in.. This is your new home and you will be making it special.
Enjoy warm nights and weekends taking walks, spending the evening at the waterfront. This 1908 statuesque home is in a prime location. Minutes from Old Town, Waterfront, Proctor Dist. Shopping and more. Roof and Gutters 3 yrs. old, electrical updates, new water heater. Spacious bedrooms one with partial bay view. Unfinished attic space, bonus rm, workshop rm. Plus more wonderful features in this home. 2 garages and RV/boat parking. Set your appt. today. You could be sipping tea on this front porch.
Don’t wait to list. Do you still have concerns? Worried about the timeline and what your home is currently worth? A full service broker can help. I love to meet potential clients to go through questions before we work together. You may be a couple weeks, a month or two away from listing and getting what you need to move forward on your next home adventure. Call me to schedule 425-891-4468