Get Your North County Home Market-Ready

The North County San Diego real estate market is heating up for the coming spring and summer seasons. Are you planning to be one of the many homeowners who are putting their homes up for sale? If so, it’s essential that you get your home market-ready. Competition can be fierce this time of year, and you want your home to stand out in the crowd. Here’s what you need to do to get your home ready for a quick sale.

Tackle repairs

Has your home’s to-do list gotten a little long over the years? Now is the time to tackle those small repairs. Whether it’s a leaky faucet, a squeaky door, or a lighting fixture that’s on the fritz, you need to set aside time to address these problems. Buyers will notice all of these things when they visit in person, and it could affect whether or not they’ll make an offer or try to negotiate a lower price.

Make it sparkle

Your North County home should look as pristine as possible when it’s time to list. This means giving your home a deep clean, including floors, windows, inside cabinets and closets, and the garage. If this task feels overwhelming, don’t be afraid to outsource to professionals. The money spent on making sure your home is spic and span is worth it.


There’s no sense in dragging items you don’t need or use to a new home. It will add both time and money to your moving process. Instead, set aside a few afternoons to go through your belongings. Decide what you no longer need, and sell it or donate it. Your home needs to be clutter-free for showings. In addition, if you have bulky furniture put it in storage until you move. You want your home to feel as open and spacious as possible.


There’s nothing wrong with painting your home the colors that you most enjoy. But when it’s time to sell you need to neutralize your décor. Potential buyers should be able to imagine themselves in your home. It’s easiest for them to do that when your home is painted with neutral colors such as off-white, beige, light blue, or gray.

Gather your paperwork

Selling a home requires a mountain of paperwork. You can expedite the process and make your life less stressful by getting your paperwork in order beforehand. This includes copies of permits for any work that has been completed, appliance manuals, home warranty information, tax bills, utility bills, and land surveys. If you have a pool or a lawn service you can also include maintenance records and contact information – the new owners will appreciate this. You should also check to see what your mortgage payoff amount will be. This will give you an idea of how much money you may make when you sell.

Contact the Clark & Gilman Team today

Finally, the most important thing you can do to be ready for the market is to work with a proven team of experts. The Cristine Clark & Jamie Gilman Team has sold one home every 3.3 days since 1997, and we’d love to help you sell yours. Contact us today at 760-758-1211 or [email protected].

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