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Home Prep with Buyer Appeal

The decision to sell one’s home is often fraught with emotion—but it’s the next decision that usually packs the biggest wallop. Refresh and repair? Remodel? Renovate? What needs to be done and how much does it cost to prep a home for sale?

Serving the greater Seattle market, Gordy Marks, CRS, managing broker, Gordy Marks Real Estate RE/MAX Northwest REALTORS®, recommends and foots the bill for certain essential home improvement projects. “In our area—technology central—buyers often have more money than time, so turnkey homes sell for the highest dollar per square foot. That means it’s important that we take on what needs to be done—to ensure everything is done right,” Marks explains. Projects he and his team schedule, oversee and finance include landscaping, pressure washing, window washing and professional house cleaning. For bigger-ticket improvements that still fall within high-ROI territory, it’s the seller’s choice, although Marks simplifies the project process by having a list of vetted tradespeople at the ready.

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Written by: Donna Shryer

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