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How to Prepare Your Home to Sell

Congratulations! You’ve decided to put your home on the market. It’s a great time to sell in the Portland Metro area as low interest rates and low inventory continue to drive demand. Before the “For Sale” sign goes up, we’ve outlined some key considerations to help get your home in tip-top shape for pre-listing, photography and videography, then showings. 

Pre-listing Preparation

Prior to listing, our agents take sellers through a thorough pre-listing home review and consultation. It’s our job to fully understand your home and develop the best fit marketing plan. We want potential buyers to love and appreciate your home just as much as you did. Even if there are existing issues in the home, the sooner we know about them, the easier they are to manage during the selling process. This can range from addressing deferred maintenance (like unclogging gutters) to minor cosmetic fixes (touching up paint). 

Some of the most common recommendations we have for homeowners include:

  • Get your home deep cleaned 
  • Declutter as much as possible, consider a short-term storage unit 
  • Power wash exterior surfaces like the driveway, patio, deck, or walkway
  • Touch up paint throughout the interior and exterior
  • Enhance curb appeal by cleaning up your landscaping, even if it’s just raking the leaves
  • Inspect your gutters for clogs and leaks, repair accordingly
  • Make any repairs you’ve been putting off like that leaky sink in the guest bedroom
  • Address any pet-related stains or odors (there are simple solutions)

We also give sellers the option of a staging consultation with our trusted vendor – a full service offering we include at no additional cost. The consultant will come out to your home and make recommendations on how to best stage furniture and decor. Staging can make or break a space, take a look at the examples below. 

Staged with professional photography (left) vs. Unstaged without professional photography (right) 

Get Your Home Ready for Photos and Video

We spoke with Erik Eagon, an accomplished Portland-based photographer and videographer from EHE Productions, to give us some of his top tips for getting your home ready for standout listing photos and videos.

1. Get your windows cleaned

“You’d be surprised at how dirty a seemingly clean window can photograph. Windows are a significant investment and you don’t want any dirt or smudges (which could be perceived as mold or leaks) to deter buyers.”

2. Make a space look staged, even if it’s temporary

“Some rooms are furnished for practicality, but buyers are usually drawn to staged, purposeful spaces. If you’re not staging your home consider temporarily removing or repositioning your existing furniture to optimize its visual appeal.”

3. Smooth out your linens

“Give your bedrooms a polished, hotel-grade look by ironing or steaming all pillow shams and bedspreads. The clean lines will enhance the look of the space.”

4. Give a single look to each room

“Over the past few years many of us have created make-shift work from home offices or gyms in non-traditional spaces like our kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms. While extremely practical, it dilutes the specific designation of a room.”

5. Bring in the light

“Open all of your curtains and shades and turn on all interior/exterior lights. More light will get you brighter, truer color visuals. Make sure all of your light bulbs are the same temperature and replace any burned out bulbs.”

Check out one of our favorite video tours produced by Erik below. The home was professionally cleaned, landscaped, and staged prior to listing which is captured in the quality of the final video walkthrough.

Preparing Your Home for Showings

Now that your home is officially on the market with beautiful listing visuals, it’s time for buyers to experience your property in-person. If you’re remaining in your home through to closing, we recommend establishing a quick daily pick-up and cleaning routine to limit clutter and mess.

You can read through an extensive list of pre-showing to-dos here, but below are some of our most important recommendations: 

  • Keep surfaces as clear as possible
  • Stow away small kitchen appliances
  • Remove all dirty dishes from the sink
  • Vacuum and/or mop floors
  • Wipe down countertops, sinks, appliances, and faucets
  • Open all curtains and shades and turn on all interior/exterior lights
  • Make sure bathroom toiletries are stowed out of sight and that all toilet seats are down
  • Conceal sensitive personal or work-related material 
  • Make all beds and fold towels

Keep these key considerations in mind and we’ll have your home sold in no time. Our team is here to help you every step of the way! Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Michael Green & Tori Buck

Green Buck Real Estate