BEFORE Putting Your House Up For Sale in San Diego – Blend Real Estate

IMG_4094It’s that time of year when many homeowners begin to think of selling. Their first thoughts are, “Is this the right year?” Usually followed by, “Where will we live?’

We find that most of our sellers have already answered the second question before asking themselves the first. They either know they are downsizing into what will be a new purchase or moving into something they already own (like what was a vacation condo, that sort of thing — happens frequently). Or they know they want to buy in a particular neighborhood. Or they know they’re getting transferred. If a transfer is in order, the question of “Is this the right year?” won’t matter so much.

If you are ready to move because you know you are done with your home or neighborhood, or you are relocating, here are our tips for getting your life in order and your home in order before selling:


Before Putting Your Home up for Sale

Here are a few items to take care of before listing your home. This can make the sale process quicker and easier in the long run.

¨  Consider a pre-sale home inspection.
An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open houses begin.

¨  Organize and clean.
Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and seasonal items. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house shine.

¨  Get replacement estimates.
Do you have big-ticket items that will need to be replaced soon? Find out how much it will cost to repair an older roof or replace worn carpeting, even if you don’t plan to do so. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and they’ll be handy when negotiations begin.

¨  Locate warranties.
Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer/dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house. It may seem like this task can be left until closing, but you don’t want lost paperwork or last-minute scrambling to cause the deal to fall through.

¨  Spruce up the curb appeal.
Walk out to the front of your home, close your eyes, and pretend you’re a prospective buyer seeing the property for the first time. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Is the address clearly visible? What do you see framing the entrance, if anything? Is the walkway free of cracks and impediments?

When we are hired to sell your home, we will be prepared at the time of the listing presentation to make immediate recommendations from this list. Have a note pad ready! We do this every day and can help you make a decision to sell at the same time we help you decide what to do to get ready to sell.

Kimberly Dotseth, broker/owner, Blend Real Estate (858) 291-8110,

Kerry Garnett, Realtor, Blend Real Estate (858) 268-4733,

California BRE licenses 01179760, 01877272, 01835915.

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We Professionally Clean Your Home For Free When Selling

Blend Cleanology Owl JPGBlend Real Estate is pleased to announce its new partnership with Cleanology of San Diego. Cleanology is a fantastic and serious housekeeping service located throughout San Diego County. CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO THE LEFT! 

Now, when listing your home for sale with Blend Real Estate, we will pay Cleanology to come to your home and clean it top to bottom before it hits the market! This cleaning can occur right before the professional photography, so your home is truly sparkling for the photos! San Diego real estate never had it so good.

And of course you as the home seller will enjoy your clean home while we are marketing it for sale.

Cleanology uses its own products and tools, and everything will smell natural and fresh. There is nothing for you to do. Just say yes!

(This service does not include hauling away any items from your home or trash removal.)

Often sellers want to sell, but have a hard time getting ready to sell. So we will do all the work. And there’s more!

After the cleaning, Blend Real Estate steps in with its free Surface Staging program, really turning your house into a show place.

Surface Staging is something we invented and it means we buy new items and accessories for every surface of your home. It puts the right polish on each listing and explains why we sell our listings so fast, for such top dollar prices.

If your home is occupied, after it’s clean we will stage it for one day of photography, then move the items out and you’ll live with your own home items again.

The work to sell your home starts when we first sign with you! It’s a busy process. A timeline of events will be provided to you very early in your listing, so you’ll always know what is happening and when with your home.

We are ready to meet you and schedule your free house cleaning.

In the meantime, we have a new secondary website devoted to home searching. Look for your new home or sign up for our newsletter here, at

Kimberly Dotseth, broker/owner

Blend Real Estate

(858) 291-8110 or (619) 261-1909

Kerry Garnett, Realtor

Blend Real Estate

(858) 268-4733 or (858) 869-3351

California BRE Licenses #01179760 and #01835915

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1950s Pink Kitchen – Pristine! Perfect Real Estate

cooker-295135_1280The people at Bored Panda keep me very busy online. They have some interesting stories but not typically about real estate, and never about the real estate I love and cherish: mid century properties. Except today.

This 1956 ranch home was {for some unknown reason} completely sealed up after it was built in 1956. Sealed and never used; never lived it. But it was tricked out, 1950s style! It was recently purchased and “unsealed” and in the link below is the kitchen the new owner got.

In San Diego we have so many mid century kitchens untouched, but they are lived in. So they’re a bit thread-bare, so to speak, but THIS unused kitchen is perfection. Oh, to have been able to see it.

New appliances and decor, new surfaces and flooring. There are no words. I thought you might enjoy a peak into my mind as to what’s perfect in this world.

It’s this pink kitchen.



Blend Real Estate

(858) 452-2599

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Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet for 2015


If you socialize in the public eye, imagery is a huge part of it. And every site that you and I post to has different requirements for the optimal image size to communicate effectively with your audience.

Here, the 2015 “cheat sheet” on images sizes across the social media spectrum, from the pros at The American Genius.

Look out, Twitter and Facebook! And absolutely all the others.

(This random snap shot of mine, taken of Paul McCartney in concert, was originally 4370 x 2930 and 5.2MB. Uploading into this WordPress blog, the site automatically resized the image to 300 x 201 and made it a lot smaller.)


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Remodeling and Recouped Costs When Selling Your Home – San Diego

reviseddoorOften I am asked, “What can or should I do to my house to get the most money when I sell?” You know, someone asking me the cost vs. value equation. That answer has more to do with your location or ZIP code than you’d think. That aside, some remodel projects will simply pay off in bigger ways for you when it’s time to sell — especially if you do these projects within a few months of listing your home for sale. Once you’ve lived with these renovations a while, they are no longer new enough to guarantee any kind of super return. If you did them a while ago, please keep things in good shape!

Remodel Magazine has published a wonderful list of the costs for remodel projects and the projected percentage “return” for each item when selling.

Of the high rate-of-return items, my favorites for you to do before listing your house, in order of importance, are:

  1. Entry Door Replacement — the nicer, the better your rate of return -
  2. Garage Door Replacement — oh, it all comes back to you -
  3. Window Replacement/Vinyl — no regrets here, either -
  4. Minor Kitchen Remodel/Typically paint and new appliances and a simple,  new counter — a fresh kitchen investment is money in the bank.

It’s not on the list, but the LEAST “rate of return” thing you can do to your house is convert the garage into a bedroom or office. This inevitably seems like a great idea at the time, but it’s never a good idea when it is time to sell.

Take a look at the list and see what you think. Questions? Just ask! I will meet you at Lowes or Home Depot to price items with you once we are working together. Remodeling and recouped costs are things you want to study so you spend your money wisely.

Kimberly Dotseth

broker/owner, Blend Real Estate

(858) 452-2599

San Diego Remodel Costs

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