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4 Steps to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Greetings – 
 
Spring showers are soaking the mountains, the golf courses are green and opening for play, and the trails are being buffed out for hikers and bikers.  Along with the abundance of spring activities in Tahoe comes the real estate listing season.  Home owners in Truckee/Tahoe begin their spring clean up this time of year to get ready for outdoor living and entertaining all summer.  If they are looking to sell, they want to be ready for the open house circuit coming up Memorial Weekend as many buyers will be strolling the town and attending the Truckee Home and Building Show with real estate on their mind.  
Sellers often ask me what they should do to prepare a home for listing on the market.  There are 4 basic steps that go a long way in preparing your home for sale.
  1. Declutter and Clean – You want the home to feel cozy and inviting, but you also want a buyer to envision it as theirs.  You want buyers to be comfortable sitting down on the couch to relax and get a feel for the environment.  Here is a link to a great article: Declutter Before the Open House
  2. Create a to-do list for touch up – This is all about the basic little details that make up the big picture.  Painting the house or staining the deck goes a long way and shows pride of home ownership.  Fix wall dings and have carpets professionally cleaned, as this will be remembered when buyers compare homes at the end of a tour.  It doesn’t cost much to fix the small details but goes a long way to get you the price you are looking for with a sale.
  3. Prepare Disclosures & Inspections – The majority of our buyers are coming from the Bay Area where sellers have disclosures filled out and maybe even home inspections completed so buyers have a good idea what the “as is” condition is and what they are offering on.  Have everything ready for buyers to act as this makes negotiating much easier during the offer and throughout the escrow as they buyer feels like the seller is upfront and not hiding anything.
  4. Highlight List – Put together a features list detailing the type of counters, flooring, heating, appliance packages and any new or unique features.  All the little details add up and become a factor when buyers are comparing homes and it should be on the flyer or in the listing so it is readily available for them to see.
      

PICK OF THE WEEK
With listing season upon us, I would like to introduce you to a custom estate in Martis Camp that will be coming on the market Memorial Weekend.  Located at the western boundary of Martis Camp on 2 acres complete with privacy and backing to extensive trail system is a 6 bed 5.5 bath mountain lodge that has all the room you need to entertain family and friends during the four seasons of Tahoe.  Among the bedrooms are 3 master suites including a bunk room that sleeps 4, two large living areas, dining room, breakfast nook, elevator serving all 3 levels, office, and work station.  You will also enjoy the alpenglow of the Carson Range and Mt. Rose with over 1,000+ sq. ft. of expansive outdoor living.  Below is a link to the 3D Matterport tour:

I hope to see you up on the mountain enjoying all the spring Tahoe activities!

Best,
Shane

TAHOE MOUNTAIN REALTY

SHANE JONES
BRE 01890422
M. 530.448.5141
www.tahoemountainrealty.com

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About the Author:

Jasmine has more than eight years of experience in the luxury resort and private club industry. Spending the last few years in Sonoma County, CA not only gave her the opportunity to work with numerous companies including, Mayacama Golf & Residence Club, The B-hive, and Timbers Resorts, but it also sparked a great love for food and wine. As a Truckee native she has strong community ties and was thrilled at the chance to move back to the Mountains in 2013. She found her home at Tahoe Mountain Realty as the Marketing Manager, and utilizes her diverse skill set to provide high-level support to the entire Brokerage. Connect with her directly by phone, email or through LinkedIn. Learn More About Jasmine