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Resources for Sellers

Costs of Selling

Real Estate Commissions
State Excise Tax
Title Insurance
Deed Recording Fee
Escrow Fee
Pro-rated Yearly Property Taxes
  • Real Estate Commissions: The commission is negotiated with the seller when they list their home. Generally, it is 6% of the sales price, split between the listing and selling agent, and paid at the time of closing from the seller’s proceeds of the sale.
  • State Excise Tax: This is tax charged by the state anytime real estate is transferred, currently 1.78 % of the sales price.
  • Title Insurance: Two policies are purchased: one by the buyer to protect the lender, and one by the seller to protect the buyer. Title insurance is for the protection of all parties in the event that a future claim is made against the property.
  • Deed Recording Fee: Normally, the county charges $50.00 for the recording of the deed.
  • Escrow Fee: This is the fee charged by an independent third party to close the transaction. The buyer and the seller share this fee.
  • Pro-rated Yearly Property Taxes: Annual property taxes are paid by the homeowner twice a year, in October and April. The escrow company pro-rates the taxes for the closing date to ensure that neither the buyer nor the seller overpay.

With buyers, first impressions count. A small investment in time and money will give your home an edge over other listings in the area. Here are some suggestions that will help you to get top market value:

The Spacious Look:

  • Clean stairs and halls
  • Store excess furniture
  • Clear counters and stove
  • Make closets neat and tidy

Spic and Span:

  • Shampoo carpets
  • Clean washer, dryer, and tubs
  • Clean furnace
  • Clean fridge, oven and stove
  • Clean and freshen bathrooms

General Maintenance:

  • Oil squeaky doors
  • Tighten doorknobs
  • Replace burned out lights
  • Clean and repair windows
  • Touch up chipped paint
  • Repair cracked plaster
  • Repair leaking taps and toilets

Curb Appeal:

  • Cut lawns
  • Trim shrubs and lawns
  • Pick up any litter
  • Clear walk and driveway of leaves
  • Repair gutters and eaves
  • Touch up exterior paint

The First Impression:

  • Clean and tidy entrance
  • Functional doorbell
  • Polish door hardware

The Buying Atmosphere:

  • Be absent during showings
  • Turn on all lights
  • Light fireplace
  • Open drapes in the day time
  • Play quiet background music
  • Keep pets outdoors

It’s hard to find reliable contractor referrals. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of tried-and-true professionals.

We’re always looking to add new contractors to our list, so please let us know about anyone you’ve had a great experience with. At the same time, if you’ve had a negative experience with any of the names here, please let us know that too. We want every one of our referrals to be highly qualified and courteous.

Appliance Repair:

  • All Tech Appliance 206-524-9512
  • Harris Appliance   206-325-0441
  • Appliance Express 206-283-7803

Appraiser:

  • Ron Bartel   206-542-0294

Asbestos Abatement:

  • IRS Enviornmental 206-932-0944

Blind Cleaning:

  • Thorougbred Carpet & Blind Cleaning   206-782-4784
  • Alpine Carpet & Blind Cleaning   206-527-2711

Building Inspectors:

  • Terry Peacock – Peacock Home Inspections   206-367-6566
  • Mark Mitman Inspections 425-451-0174

Carpet cleaning:

  • Andre’s   206-369-6534
  • Pro Tech Carpet Cleaning   206-762-3547
  • Alpine Carpet Cleaning   206-527-2711

Carpet – New Purchase & Area Rugs:

  • Environmental Home Center   206-682-7332
  • Major Brands   206-623-3550

Contractor:  Remodeling, small to mid-size jobs

  • Richard Tesh 206-782-7621 small to midsize remodels
  • James Desarno 206-660-0607 small to midsize remodels
  • Kenny Johns 206-714-3699 small to midsize remodels
  • Bill Sils 206-949-0363 handyman- small jobs West Seattle
  • Greg Martin 406-9219 handyman- small jobs
  • Alan Murray 679-5339 handyman- small jobs
  • Karl Ward 253-226-3100 handyman- small jobs south & Seattle
  • Robert   206-605-6807 handyman – small jobs

Chimney work:

  • Abes Chimney Service 206-763-8154  -Mark
  • Bill Parsons Masonry 206-521-3281
  • Emerald City Chimney 206-522-0290
  • Ed’s Chimney Service 206-362-2996

Chimney Sweeps:

  • Emerald City Chimney 206-522-0290
  • Mad Hatter 1-800-609-7980

Concrete work: Sidewalks, driveways, retaining walls, etc.

  • Greg’s concrete – Greg Goyen 206-352-7310

Drainage problems: wet basements, etc.

  • Rite Way Waterproofing   206-784-8330
  • Aces Four   425-672-4811
  • Wu Construction   206-526-8886
  • Bodine Construction 425-778-2557

Electricians:

  • Firewire Electric – Tim O’Neill 206-790-0948
  • Mirsky Electric   206-230-8293
  • A & A Electric 206-715-3661
  • Eagle Electric 206-246-7123  (West Seattle)

Foundation Repair:

  • Dochnahl Construction, Inc 425-255-7416
  • Bodine Construction 425-888-2577
  • Ken Royal 206-660-7897

Furnace Repair and Replacement:

  • Comfort Tech – Kimy Guerrero 206-730-9405 (highly recommend for service or new furnaces)
  • Greenwood Heating and Air Conditioning 784-1818
  • Gas Appliance Service   206-632-5000

Gardener:

  • Robin Dunn (north, south, West Seattle)   206-696-2449 (not lawn maintenance)
  • NW Botanical 206-932-1850 Design & full yard maintenance or just garden
  • Lawn maintenance – clean up, mowing, hauling   Kov 423-0052
  • Lawn Mowing & Maintenance (south end) Wilsons 725-8156

Geo Inspections:

  • Shannon & Wilson   206-632-8020

Hardwood and Fir Floor Refinishing & Installation:

  • Budget Hardwoods   206-723-8877 or  Jung cell #235-9060
  • Swift Hardwood Floors  206-323-4511  Bill Swift
  • Anthonie’s Hardwoods   206-242-7252
  • Apex Hardwoods  206-229-4631  Tommy Tran

Hauling:

  • We Haul Not U   206-418-0711
  • Mr. Junk B. Gone  206-722-4285

Home Insurance:

  • Bob Abolofia – broker for Pemco & Safeco   425-641-7682
  • Allstate Insurance – Jeff Talbot   206-542-6341
  • Farmer’s Insurance – Roman Udycz 425-742-0808

Landscape Design:

  • Barbara Libbey   206-363-0233
  • NW Botanicals   206-932-1850

Landscape Maintenance & Clean-up:

  • Kov   206-423-0052 (anywhere) will do hauling too
  • Wilsons  206-725-8156 (South end)

Locksmith:

  • Ravenna Locksmith   206-525-8379
  • Bills Lock & Key  206-795-1095

Mover:

  • Aaron Glide Movers 206-328-5424
  • Adams Moving 206-251-1725
  • Reliable Movers  206-443-0210

Oil Tank Decommissioning:

  • Tanks by Dallas   206-365-0291
  • Filco   206-547-8347

Painter:

  • Step up painting 206-406-8960
  • Best Deal Painting– John Keahey 206-790-7332
  • London Pacific Painting 206-852-9251
  • Phinney Ridge Painting 206-371-1441
  • Farid Samini   206-795-1404

Pest Exterminator:

  • Classic Pest control 360-424-8190 (they work Seattle and I use them for my house)
  • Able Pest Control 206-575-9877
  • Adept Pest Control 206-407-3268

Plumbers:

  • Wright Brothers   206-782-5051
  • Mr Simmons 206-293-4732
  • Prima Plumbing 206-706-0300
  • Everlast Plumbing 206-255-1536
  • Pioneer Plumbing  206-789-8029 (small or large jobs)
  • Brian’s Plumbing West Seattle – 206-718-3945

Roofing Contractors:

  • Roberg Roofing   425-774-6062
  • R & K Roofing- Dirk Krech  206-409-7541
  • Northwest Roofing 206-764-4790
  • A Better Roofing   206-362-3278

Sewer Drain Cleaning:

  • FritzÕs Drain Service (N. Seattle only)   206-782-3230
  • Rapid Rooter   206-783-5222

Sewer or Water Line Replacement:

  • Aces Four   425-672-4811
  • Wu Construction   206-526-8886

Surveyor:

  • Bill Fox   206-433-1738 cell 949-7529
  • Continental Engineering   206-783-7177

Water Heater:

  • Benla Services 206-283-7676

Window Washer:

  • Christian Bennett  206-992-7005
  • Crystal Panes 206-284-5183 or 324-0956
  • Fresh Breeze Mita 206-760-9542 (south end)

Window Installation:

  • Eurocraft Windows by Evans Glass- Linda Wright 206-551-3053 (Very highly rated windows)
  • Cascade Glass 206-284-1100
  • Randy R&L Windows 206-255-8662
  • Waynes Panes 206-409-8910

Window – Repair & Restoration – Double Hung Windows:

  • Annapurna Glass – Traditional and contemporary Designs & repair of leaded glass 206-525-0777
  • Martin Muller 206-525-5575