Ed  Watts

Ed Watts


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Ed  Watts

Ed Watts


Property 1st

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SELLERS: Home Preparation Checklist


To get the best return on your home, you need to make your home look its best. Here’s the checklist that will help you do it.

Inside Your Home

Floor Coverings (carpeting, tile, linoleum, hardwood, etc.)

  • Dirt or stains?
  • Excessive wear or damage?
  • Area rugs clean and stain-free?

Walls and Ceilings

  • Dirt, fingerprints or other stains?
  • Nail cracks or tape residue?
  • Cracks, chips, water damage?
  • Need for repainting or new wallpaper?
  • Neutral, light colours for roomy environment?


  • Dirt, fingerprints or other stains?
  • Need new paint?
  • Open/close easily without squeaks?
  • Latches/handles secure and working properly?


  • Glass sparkling clean; chip, paint and crack free?
  • Open/close easily?
  • Latches/handles/locks secure, working properly?
  • Dirt and fingerprints on frames or sills?
  • Screens clean and without holes?
  • Storm windows in good condition?

Window Coverings (curtains, drapes, blinds, etc.)

  • Dirt or stains?
  • Excessive wear or sun damage?
  • Open/close easily; hardware working properly?

Lighting (lighting makes a room feel more inviting)

  • All bulbs working and proper wattage?
  • Broken switches, exposed wiring?
  • Table and floor lamps working properly?

Pet Areas

  • Clean, organized, odour-free?

Entryways and Hallways

  • Clean and free of clutter or obstructions?
  • Welcome mat(s) clean and inviting?

Closets and Storage Areas

  • Clean and well organized?
  • Clutter and excess junk removed?
  • Clothes hung neatly and not jammed together?
  • Shoes and boots neatly stored/stacked?


  • Every surface sparkling clean?
  • Counter-tops organized, all but daily use appliances?
  • Refrigerator spotless inside and out?
  • Organized? Spoiled food discarded?
  • Frost removed? Light bulbs working? (Buyers look!)
  • Oven/stove-top clean? Burner trays cleaned?
  • Sinks clean; faucets working properly and leak-free?
  • Garbage disposal in good working condition?
  • Cupboards/pantry spotless, organized?
  • Dishwasher clean and stain-free?

Living Room/Dining Room/Bedrooms/Den/Study

  • Everything thoroughly vacuumed/dusted?
  • Excess furniture removed for roomier atmosphere?
  • Remaining furniture clean and in good repair?
  • Wood and other surfaces clean and polished?
  • Bookshelves neat, organized and clutter-free?
  • Children’s games/toys stored neatly?
  • Fragile items removed and stored?
  • Smaller valuables removed/locked away?
  • Window coverings open for views and sunlight?
  • Mirrors clean and in good repair?
  • Ashtrays cleaned and kept out of sight?
  • Fireplace clean, logs/kindling stacked neatly?

Bathrooms/Powder Room

  • Every surface sparkling clean?
  • Counter-tops organized, free of clutter? Fresh soap?
  • Sinks spotlessly clean; faucets working properly?
  • Tub and shower surfaces clean?
  • Towels stain-free and hanging neatly?
  • Shower curtain clean and in good repair?
  • Toilet extra-clean and working properly?
  • Closets organized and clutter-free?
  • Medicine cabinet clean, “personal items” removed?

Basement/Furnace Room/Garage/Attic/Storeroom

  • Clean and well organized?
  • Clutter and excess “junk” removed?
  • Remaining items stored/stacked neatly?
  • Everything thoroughly vacuumed/dusted?

Outside Your Home


  • Exterior surfaces clean, in good condition?
  • Front door exterior clean, inviting?
  • Eaves troughs and downspouts clean, in good repair?
  • Gates open/close properly; hardware working?
  • Fences/decks in good repair, in good condition?
  • Sidewalks and walkways in good repair?
  • Driveway clean, in good repair?

Yard and Environment

  • Driveways, sidewalks clear of snow, ice?
  • Lawns mowed/edged regularly; large bare spots repaired?
  • Leaves removed from lawns and flower beds?
  • Trees pruned, hedges trimmed?
  • Flower beds weeded and tidy; dead plants replaced?
  • “Junk” and scrap removed?
  • Lawn furniture clean, organized, good repair?
  • Bicycles, children’s toys stored neatly, out of way?
  • Firewood organized and neatly stacked?
  • Yard free of “doggy deposits”?

Have Questions?

We offer what may be the most extensive marketing background for an real estate and REO broker in the Greater Seattle area: over 30 years in real estate; over 10 years handling residential REO (REO sale prices from $5,750 to $1.9 million) over 20 years handling commercial and multi-family REO (commercial sale prices from $1,000 to $25 million). We have handled property challenges such as mold, failed septic systems, code violations, short sales, stripped houses, fires, bad roofs, meth houses, grow houses, pests, wetlands, excessive vacancies in commercial properties, haz/mat issues, declining markets, inflation, high interest rates and more.

We are Hy-Brid!

We handle short sales, REO, pre-foreclosures, CFKs, evictions, trash-outs, billings, bids, rehabs, repairs, locks, the whole spectrum you need.
We use these client platforms: Equator; ResNet; Disposolutions; iAspen; LPS; Quandis; RealTrans; Altisource; Pyramid; RIOGenisis.
Clients: Select Portfolio Servicing; Premiere Asset Services; Brighton Real Estate Services; Aurora Loan Servicing; M. D. Webb & Associates; Green River Capital; 406 Partners; Phoenix Asset Management; USRES; Ocwen; Integrated Asset Services; HSBC; 24 Asset Management.

Service areas: we are based just north of Seattle and our staff serves King County (Federal Way, Auburn, Des Moines, Burien, Renton, Kent, Tukwila, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Woodinville, Duvall, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Bothell), Seattle, Everett, Snohomish County (Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Lynnwood, Snohomish, Monroe, Marysville, Lake Stevens, Stanwood, Arlington), Mount Vernon adn north. Zip code lists available if you wish.


License #: License # 13376

Education: Graduate of UW.

Area Covered: Snohomish County and the greater Seattle area.