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7 Things to Remove From Your Home When We List It.

7 Things to Remove From Your Home When We list It
When listing your home, there are a lot of things to think about. How you stage your space should definitely be at the top of that list. While you may not have the means to bring in a pro stager, you can put your best foot forward by removing the following from your space.

Family photos. While these treasures may mean the world to you, personal items like this make it difficult for a potential buyer to imagine themselves in your space. Pack up these photos for the move—you’ll need to do this eventually anyway, so consider it a head start.

Odors. From a musky basement to the closet where the kitty litter box is kept, odors in your home are a huge turn off. Rip up mildewed carpet, open windows, light candles–whatever you need to do to keep a buyers nose from wrinkling.

Clutter. While you may love your corners stacked high with books and your shelves piled with mementos and knick-knacks, clutter can be distracting for buyers. Pick a few key items to leave out on shelves and pack the rest away.

Non-neutral design elements. Black lights in the basement or lacy, frilly curtains in the sunroom may seem fun to you, but these bold design elements can throw a buyer. Create a neutral atmosphere wherever possible.

Junk. Clear any old, unused items from your closets, storage spaces, basement and attic. You’re going to have to get rid of these items when you move anyway, so you may as well do this now so your buyer can envision their own items filling up these spaces.

Pets. While it may not be possible to banish your furry friends while your home is for sale, you can make sure they’re out of the way when a buyer is visiting. You never know what allergies or fears buyers may have, so put the animals outside or bring them over to grandmas for an hour, if possible.

Worn-out furniture. That sagging, stained couch in the basement may not be a big deal to you, but it can be an eyesore to an outsider. An empty space is better than a poorly furnished space, so adjust where needed.

When listing with me, I provide a complimentary stager, who will go over the items that need to be taken care of prior to staging and sale to help get you top dollar for your home.

Contact me for more details. Judy Gratton 206-276-3289

The Top 10 Cities for Trick-or-Treaters

By Suzanne De Vita
Zillow has unveiled its annual ranking of the Best Cities for Trick-or-Treating, and—unlike swarms of trick-or-treaters dashing door to door—the top 5 haunts on this year’s list have hardly moved since last year. The most spooktacular shift? Philadelphia, last year’s No. 13, scaring San Francisco down from No. 1 to No. 3. Who said 13 was unlucky?

The ranking, based on factors such as concentration of homes and under-age 10 population, also dug up the best trick-or-treating neighborhoods in each of the top cities—an important distinction for discerning sweets scavengers. In Philly, those neighborhoods are (in order): Cobbs Creek; Frankford; Logan; Germantown East; and Fairmount.


Credit: Zillow


Credit: Zillow

“The national ranking is a fun way for trick-or-treaters and their parents across the country to assess how their city compares to others this Halloween season,” says Dr. Svenja Gudell, chief economist at Zillow, “but what’s really important are the local hot spots, which is why we’ve also identified the five best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating in each of the top cities.”

Will droves of trick-or-treaters descend on your city this Halloween?

The complete ranking of the top 20 cities is available here.

Here is a link for Trick or Treating in Bothell  download