Top Ten Most Important Things to Do to List a Home in Seattle

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Your journey to selling your home in Seattle is coming into fruition! You’ve come a long way, my friend. As you’re conquering each milestone, we’re hoping that the process of listing and selling your home isn’t as daunting as it seemed from the beginning. 

Now, for this milestone, we will cover the top ten things you should do to list your home in Seattle. Our real estate expert, Patrik Warneke will also be guiding you through this milestone. 

Listing your home in Seattle
Things you should do to list your home in Seattle
Patrik Warneke, Seattle Real Estate Broker, explains the top ten essential things to do if you want to list and sell your home in Seattle.

These ten things are crucial for getting your home sold, so you’re going to want to apply them before you list your home. Let’s get started. 

1.) Have a Plan in Place for Post-Closing 

Will you be buying another home? Are you moving to a new state or country? In other words, do you have a solid plan for what you will be doing, and where you will be going after you hand the keys over? 

We advise you to also have a contingency plan in case of any delays to closing, which there likely will be. For that reason, you should expect to be flexible and ready to make some changes to any post-closing plans.  

2,) Have All Your Documents Ready

This part can be tedious because real estate transactions will demand stacks of paperwork. However, taking the time to gather all your documents will ensure that you’ll rest easy knowing that the transaction will go smoothly.  

Documents needed before listing:

  • Original sales contract
  • A professional appraisal from the purchase of your home
  • Home repair and maintenance records
  • Mortgage statement
  • Homeowners insurance records
  • Homeowners Association documents
  • Receipts for capital improvements
  • Manuals and warranties 
  • Past utility bills

Documents needed to launch your home sale:

  • Comparative market analysis
  • Listing agreement
  • Proposed marketing plan
  • Seller’s net sheet

Documents needed while you’re on the market:

  • Preliminary title report
  • Mandatory disclosures
  • Pre-inspection report

Documents needed once a buyer makes an offer:

  • Purchase offer and counteroffer
  • Final purchase and sale agreement
  • Contingency removal form

Documents needed between contract & close:

  • Home inspection report
  • Appraisal report

Documents needed at closing & beyond:

  • The most recent tax statement
  • Seller’s estimated settlement/closing statement
  • Deed
  • 1099-S tax form 

3.) Have a Listing Date

Once you have a price for your home, carefully choose your listing date. You want to be strategic with this because the date can either get your home sold quickly, or have your home sitting in the market longer than it should. 

You’re going to want to consider the season, time, and even the day of the week that you will list your home. Do your due diligence to research when the best time and season is to sell a home.

Generally, most homebuyers will explore listing sites, like Zillow, during early May. Many of them will browse during the weekends, so listing your home early on a Friday would be ideal. 

You should also have a plan for selling your home faster. You don’t want to just list your home and hope for the best. You should think about marketing strategies or discussing with your agent about ways you can market your home. 

4.) Order a Preliminary Title with Your Escrow Company

A preliminary title will provide you with a list of anyone connected through a debt, lien, or legal issue with your home. Ordering this title will help you get your finances in order so that you can hand over your home to another person without any issues. 

This title will allow you to remove any items a buyer, or their lender may find objectionable. It’s a good idea to order a preliminary title in advance as title issues can take a long time to resolve. 

5.) Do Any Major Projects for Your House 

This may look like renovating the kitchen or bathroom, putting on a new slab of paint for a bedroom wall, or upgrading your wooden floors. Repairments may be necessary as well. 

We suggest that you choose an excellent handyman to help you with this process as it can save you time and money from a home inspection contingency for any repairs. 

Not taking care of these repairs can cause you to pay a lump sum for any requested repairs from the buyer, or having to pay a contractor to do the work. 

6.) Improve Your Curb Appeal

You can improve your curb appeal by decluttering, cleaning up, and staging your home well. Buyers are more likely to find your home appealing if they can picture themselves living in your home—so any clutter, like family photos, can give buyers the impression that this home is yours, not theirs.

Making your home look and smell clean are both equally important. Warneke says, “I’ve had a lot of people, buyers, who walk in a house and the first thing they smell is mold, and that’s really off-putting”. Dirtiness and messiness can be very distracting for anyone walking through your home. 

That being said, you’re going to want to tidy up your yard, clean the bathrooms, scrub the floors, and do some of the needed deep cleanings. Lastly, putting effort into staging, or hiring a professional stager, will promote your home’s presentation. 

7.) Get Out of Town for a Week, If Possible

Do you have a trip in mind? Perhaps you can arrange this trip after having your home listed. Not only is this a good opportunity to destress, but it will allow your agent to show people your home while it is vacant.  

If you can’t leave town, consider staying with a friend or relative, or book a hotel room. Make your home as accessible as possible. 

8.) Take Your Valuables With You 

Should you leave town, Warneke suggests taking anything that holds value with you when you leave your home vacant for people to walk through. Whether you leave town or not, you should always bring your valuables with you if you aren’t present in your home. 

You can also ask someone close to you if you can store your valuables at their place while your home is on the market. The last thing you want is for a family heirloom or a piece of expensive jewelry to go missing!

9.) Have a Photo Shoot for Your Home

Looks are everything when listing your home. That being said, you’re going to want to take outstanding photos of your home to show. Consider hiring a professional photographer if you don’t have any picture-taking skills. 

Warneke also advises you to plan this shoot wisely, because Seattle’s weather can really hinder the quality of the lighting in these photos. Choose a time or day that you know there will be some sunshine to have these photos taken. 

10.) Multiple Listing Service 

Listing your home on sites like Zillow or Redfin will require a lot more than just posting up photos and your address. You’re going to need more data.

This data may require measurements, what your neighborhood is like if there are any schools nearby, etc. Your real estate agent will know what to do, so it is best to let them handle this. You can also contact Warneke if you need help with listing your home. 

Ready to List Your Home? 

Well, there you have it! These are the ten things home sellers in Seattle should think about doing if they want success with listing their home. 

We hope that we’ve covered this topic thoroughly. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us from our website: emeraldcityrealestate.com or contact Patrik via call/text: (206) 920-6540, or email: patrik@emeraldcityrealestate.com 

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