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What are some of the things that you can do to prepare your home for sale?

As a home seller, the initial launch of your home for sale is a very important event. We want to make sure that all our clients give a great first impression to all home buyers' who enter their homes. Here are some things you should look at when preparing to list your home for sale.

Home-improvements: Our local real estate agents and home stagers can provide you information on those items that provide the greatest return on getting your home sold quickly and for making a strong first impression.

Timing: We usually recommend to list your home for sale on a Thursday to maximize exposure to the weekend home buyers'. Most people searching for homes will tour homes for sale on the weekends, so going live right before increases the chance these home buyers' will see your home.

Home Pricing: In a real estate market that is trending flat to down, it is important to price your home accurately to ensure you get your home sold in a reasonable period of time.

The Importance of a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) In Selling Your Home

Photos: We work with you to get the best photos of your home and its surroundings to ensure it shows well on all the internet Real Estate marketing sites.

Beautiful photography matters when selling a home



First impressions matter, and photos are the first things a buyer sees. That makes great photography a must in any market. To showcase your home, we feature large photos that are sharp, bright, and look great anywhere a buyer sees them.  Contact me today!

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 3D Walkthrough

Just imagine being able to immerse yourself in a home without actually being there.  This is the 3D experience using Matterport's innovative technology. In real estate, images are a crucial selling point.  They can make or break a home’s perception to potential home buyers'. A 3D Walkthrough Showcase enhances the marketability of a listing by providing a great experience that static photography cannot match. It provides an engaging way of showing every room from multiple perspectives in a crisp, detailed and realistic manner. 

Open houses: We provide some additional exposure to your home for sale, by holding your house open for the public and for local real estate agents to preview.

When presenting your home for sale to prospective home buyers', first impressions are crucial. Home buyers begin judging your home the moment they see it, and generally they prefer homes that are well-maintained, clean and clutter free; homes they can picture themselves living in. That is why home improvements, particularly if they address the anticipated needs of home buyers, can boost your home's appeal and allow you to get more money for it. Preparing your home for Sale

  • Mow and rake the lawn, trim hedges, weed and edge gardens
  • Sweep sidewalks and driveway, pick up any litter
  • Repair gutters and eaves, touch up exterior paint
  • Plant extra flowers for color, or place potted plants beside the front door
  • Clean or paint front door, polish front door hardware, ensure doorbell works

The Benefits to a Home Seller with Great Curb Appeal 


  • Clean and tidy the home entrance; clear stairs, halls and store all excess furniture
  • Brighten interiors with fresh, light-toned paint
  • Brighten rooms by installing high wattage light bulbs and turning them on
  • Shampoo carpets, clean and wax floors
  • Organize kitchen countertops, removing appliances if necessary to make it look spacious
  • Clean and freshen bathrooms, put out clean towels, minimize clutter
  • Clean mirrors and windows so they sparkle
  • Organize and clean garage and basement
  • Perform necessary minor repairs and touch-ups to walls, windows, fixtures, etc.

  • Be absent so home buyers' feel more comfortable making comments
  • Light the fireplace, open the drapes, play quiet background music
  • Keep pets outdoors

These are just a few ideas to get you started on moving towards a successful home sale. We know what today's home buyers' are looking for and can provide more ideas that will maximize your home appeal to real estate buyers. Remember, a few easy and inexpensive improvements can produce big returns on your investment.

Home Assist: The ultimate selling experience when selling your home 


When you’re ready to list your home, your real estate agent will work with our coordinator team to secure any needed home renovations. Payment is deferred until home closing, or 180 days and escrow will deduct costs from net proceeds to pay for services rendered.

Preparing your home for sale is essential to capturing the highest offer, fastest. Simple steps like fresh paint before an open house can increase offer amounts by 10% vs. homes with no work done. And with prices averaging over $1,000,000 we’re talking some serious return on investment!


Here are the improvements home buyers' swoon over

Simple kitchen and bath improvements are what home shoppers desire the most, according to a new analysis released today by home-buying platform Knock. Although the housing market is fiercely competitive, an updated home still tugs at buyers’ heartstrings, selling an average of 30% faster than a home without improvements.

“Getting a home ready for sale can be a stressful experience, and the supply chain constraints and contractor backlogs brought on by the pandemic have made it even more difficult to get work done,” said Knock co-founder and CEO Sean Black. “Three years ago, homeowners had to put a lot more work into their home before listing it. However, even in the current market with homes selling in record time, the data continues to support the benefits of getting your home show-ready.”

The analysis found that homes with modern renovations sold in an average of four (4) days, compared to 12 days without improvements. Homes with two or more improvements sold two times faster – in an average of two (2) days.

Interior and exterior paint is the most common home improvement with 70% of sellers opting to refresh their walls at an average cost of approximately $6,500. However, prospective home buyers crush the most on freshly painted kitchen cabinets, a project that can be completed for $1,319 on average.

Consistency is key when selling a home 

Consistency is key when choosing which renovations to make. If one room gets a fresh coat of paint, it is important that the rest of the house does as well. Knock experts also suggest selecting neutral colors when updating paint, flooring and surfaces.

With supply chain issues and home improvement projects on the rise since the start of the pandemic, lead times for making renovations have increased significantly, something that homeowners should keep in mind if they are thinking about selling this spring. The average time to schedule a renovation is between two to four weeks, and depending on the extent of the home improvement, it could take up to two weeks longer to complete the project.

For those who choose not to make updates, there is something to be said for curb appeal. Deep cleans of the interior, exterior and green spaces can make a big difference when it comes to a home selling quickly.

Home Selling Tips. Sell a Home Faster in this Real Estate Market 

Feel free to call, text or e-mail any time for more details. When you are ready The Cascade Team is here to help you get your home ready, on the market with maximum on-line exposure, and to help you sell for the highest price guaranteed.

Learn more about our full marketing program here: The Ultimate Selling Experience!

The Ultimate Selling Experience is our exclusive, full-service marketing system that is designed to sell your property in any real estate market for just a 4% Total Commission.

We use the latest technologies to create a worldwide marketing campaign for your property. Then we follow it up with strong negotiating and taking care of the details all the way to closing day.


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