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Staging Your Home


As our client we will work hard to sell your home quickly and for the highest possible return on your investment. Effective staging is crucial in achieving this. Here are a few tips to get your home ready to sell.

Clear away clutter – Serious staging means all clutter must go. Take a look around and ask yourself, "What can I live without". Store items away such as magazines, paperwork, nick-knacks, toys and unused kitchen accessories and appliances. It's also a good idea to place toiletry items in a closet, drawer or basket.

We love those family photos but... unfortunately it's important to remove all those precious family photos from walls and tabletops temporarily, until you find a new home to show them off again!

Unpleasant pet orders – We love our pets but pet odors can have a negative first impression. It's recommended carpets be cleaned and if necessary sprayed with a pet odor eliminator sold both online and in pet stores. Please also try to keep Fido's toys hidden away when potential buyers visit your home.

Brighten things up! Check burned out lightbulbs to insure each room is brightly lit with lamps, overhead or natural light. Open all blinds and draperies. Buyers prefer bright and light verses dark and dingy.

Paint, paint, paint! It's a great idea to put a fresh coat of paint on all marked walls. Choosing a brighter neutral tone to paint over darker painted walls is always a plus.

Curb Appeal – First appearances are everything! Cutting shrubs and grass, also cleaning out flower beds and adding seasonal flowers can really jazz up your curb appeal. It’s a good idea to add a fresh coat of paint to your front door and jams. Welcome your visitors to an inviting porch!

Give each room a purpose! Each room needs an identity. Buyers are turned off by a room with a mishmash of uses. Rearrange to show the office as an office, exercise room as an exercise room and so on. Remember, your home should flow. Remove furniture that may be an obstruction to the flow of each room. As they say, less is more. The less furniture you have the bigger each room appears.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST... Spiff things up!! From shining floors to clean counters and scrubbed grout, every surface should be clean and sparkle. Don't forget those closets. Buyers love closet space so they will open to check the size.

If you would like additional assistance with your staging, please contact Debi at nwmarketing@nwrepros.com.

Tips for showing bathrooms:

  • Get a tote to place regularly used items in so they are off the counter and out of the shower/tub, then store in a closet or under the sink.
  • Clean and clear all bathroom surfaces.
  • Pull back the shower curtain to open more space
  • Flush toilet and keep lids closed.

Tips for showing your kitchen:

  • Clean up dirty dishes, visitors will open cupboards so keep them organized.
  • Clean and clear all kitchen surfaces. Buyers prefer open kitchen space.

Garage showing tips:

In the garage tidy shelves and move as many items to one corner to allow as much floor space as possible.


If you have pets remove pet beds, toys and feeding stations. Buyers often have concerns if they know a pet has lived there.

Kids room tips:

Pack up as many toys and stuffed animals as possible. A good idea is to have them choose 2 items to play with and then rotate them out. It will make your life so much easier!

Before You Leave

Before you leave let's prepare your home for a great showing!

  • A light and bright home that is tidy and smells good, sell faster and for more money, so here are some proven tips to help us achieve your goals.
  • Open blinds and let the light in!
  • Empty garbage regularly in bathrooms and kitchen to reduce smells.
  • Keep all your interior doors open to show off your home.
  • Hide valuables like jewelry, guns, money and prescription medications.
  • If the recycle bin is full take it out with garbage.

Prepare for an Inspection

Inspection prep:

  • Carbon monoxide detectors on each level
  • Double strap your hot water tank Remove debris and dirt from outside vents
  • Clean gutters and roof if possible and needed
  • Check for leaky faucets and tighten, peek under the sink for evidence of leak and clean up
  • Replace dirty filters in heating system or if wall heat vacuum and clean
  • Make sure smoke alarms are working
  • Make the crawlspace areas easy to access
  • Make the electrical panel, HVAC and hot water tank easily accessible
  • Paint exposed wood if FHA/VA or update loan for the buyer
  • Check for mold and treat accordingly
  • Check under the home for vapor barrier and make sure it is stretched out and no standing water
  • Check to see if windows open and close easily
  • Dishwasher backflow working properly
  • Anti-tip stove bracket if needed


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Tesha and Team, On behalf of Donna Brookshire and myself, I would like to thank you all personally for selling my mom’s house. Your professional tenacity in getting the place sold numerous times and dealing with the park was outstanding. Even the times when I thought you would all give up, you dug in and tried harder. This was not an easy transaction and the pay was very low, but you all never took that into consideration and I always felt like I was a million dollar listing. We appreciate your hard work and dedication! A heartfelt thank you, Linda Rehak and Donna Brookshire Linda Rehak and Donna Brookshire
"Tesha and her group have sold a home and purchased a home for me. She is currently selling another home for me now and will absolutely use her for my future real estate needs. Tesha knows the markets and gives advice without pushing. Her team works hard to keep everyone on track. Aside from those essentials, I really appreciate Tesha's straight forward attitude and friendly personality with just enough sarcasm to keep things fun." KELLY BREWER
Real Estate Struggles and the Angel That Helped Me Selling a home is never easy. I used to be a real estate broker, so I know this as well as anyone. People are very fragile and stressed out when selling their house, and I was no exception. I knew it might be a hassle, but I had no idea how hard it really was until I was in the midst of it. I was a basket case, and the whole time Tesha, and her team, helped me through every rough spot. This is my story about my real estate struggles selling my house, and the angel that helped me. Overseas Start The whole thing started while I was overseas, in India. I had a renter in my house and I knew their lease was about to expire. I also hadn’t particularly enjoyed being a landlord. So, I decided it was time to sell. I still had a couple of months before I would be back in the states, so I figured the sooner I got it listed the better. There was no one else but Tesha that even came to my mind to sell my home. We had worked together on some transactions over the years, and she was always professional and knowledgeable. So, I picked up the phone and gave her a call. She asked all the right questions and within just a few days I signed a listing agreement, via DocuSign, right from my laptop in India. Offer and Negotiations Within days we received a very solid offer. The only issue was that the closing was dependent on the buyers selling their own home first. That made me a little nervous, but we accepted it on the grounds that they would remain “bumpable,” meaning if we got a better offer with a faster close we could bump the first buyers if there home still hadn’t sold. She sent me all the paperwork electronically, and again I signed it all right from the convenience of my hotel room overseas. A few weeks later we received a better offer, so we now had a main buyer and a back-up buyer. I was feeling pretty confident that it was all going to close without any problems. Home Inspection Problems My optimistic bubble was quickly burst after the home inspection. Due to the fact that my home had been a rental for some long, there was a good deal of deferred maintenance that needed addressed. What was worse was that there was standing water in the crawlspace and the buyers wanted me to fix that, and a bunch of other things on the report. I could see my slim profits quickly vanishing and got a little panicked. Repairs Tesha and her team went right to work helping me gather bids for repairs. I didn’t even have to ask her. Also, since I was overseas she met the contractors and let them in. She has great contacts in the industry and was able to get me some fabulous prices on everything from a HVAC maintenance company to a pest company. She even negotiated with them so that they agreed to be paid out of proceeds at closing. That way I wouldn’t have to go through the hassle of mailing a check to them from India. Closing I finally made it home in time to move everything out of my house in time for closing. Again, Tesha was helpful, asking me if she could help, if I needed boxes, etc. A couple days before closing she checked in with me to make sure I was still on schedule. She wasn’t calling to pressure me, but to just check in and see if I needed anything. She really is an angel. The house sold and I’m so relieved it’s all over. It was not easy, but I know that without Tesha, it would have been much more difficult. I can’t thank her enough for all of her hard work and outstanding service. Beth Baeur
"Tesha was referred to us by the realtor we worked with in buying our current home. We were looking for someone experienced in selling homes on acreage. We couldn't have met a more knowledgeable realtor. She has extensive knowledge of the area, and was so responsive to our questions you would think we were her only clients. We would recommend her in a heartbeat." Bob Lung
Laura McGuire just left you a new recommendation! "I needed to sell our dream home due to a divorce. Tesha and her crew were very empathetic, knowing that time was essential. I asked if it would be possible to find someone who would buy the upper level and possibly let me rent in the mother-in-law unit. I hoped for interest in someone wanting 4 bedrooms , deck with a view AND income from me. It worked. This was unheard of in the realty business but I thought "why not"? Tesha kept me informed every step. Put me on an app that buzzed me every time I had to leave the house for a visit. This difficult time in my life was blessed with Tesha's help and knowledge. THANK YOU!" Laura McGuire
“Couldn’t have done it without you and the team. Purchasing Real estate is a very convoluted process, thank you for everything. Couldn’t have done it without you and the team.” MITCH PASKIN
“If you are trying to find a great Realtor, look no further… Tesha Perry will help you sell your house and find the perfect property for your new home. She listens carefully to what you need and want (both in the selling and buying) and will be an incredible help at every step. She is very customer focused, knowledgeable and will take great care in all the paperwork and negotiations… your Real Estate Advocate! Tesha is fun to work with and will make the entire process enjoyable.” BRAD DANIELSON
"You will not find a harder working agent, she is always going above the call of duty." BEN HILL
“Tesha is a wonderful, hard working, and honest person! She took us step by step in the home ownership process. We went through so many houses and took up so much of her time, I felt bad when I realized how picky we were actually being. However, she found us the perfect house…one that we have been able to call our home. I would recommend anyone I know who is in the market to buy a home to go through Tesha. Our experiences with her were spectacular!” BRIANA STEINER
“After a job change required me to relocate several hours away, I needed to sell my home. Over the course of five years, I listed the home twice using two independent real estate agents. In both cases, their efforts produced little interest and certainly no bona fide offers. As a result, the home sat vacant with the exception of brief periods where the home was rented. Tired of subsidizing the payment and the landlord headaches, I contacted Tesha who, in less than a month, obtained an offer on the home. Even better, through her tenacious efforts, she obtained a second offer ten days later significantly higher than the first. Tesha effectively and efficiently managed every detail and aspect of the sale and closing. I am very grateful for her hard work, attention to detail, and always going the “extra mile.” I would highly recommended her to any potential home buyer or seller.” KEITH LUCKEN
“We have had such an amazing experience with Tesha Perry! She was so knowledgeable, professional and patient with us as we searched for our first home. We ended up with our dream home and it was because of her hard work. Thank you so much Tesha! If anyone is looking for a realtor, SHE IS THE ONE!” RJ AND KACY STRICKLAND
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NW Real Estate Professionals  |  802 SE 14th ave suite 101 Battle Ground, WA 98604