Are you planning to put your house up for sale and are wondering how to prep?  I list many homes per year and over the course of my career, I have seen these tips ensure a smooth transition to market and a successful selling experience. These tips are simple basics that every seller can and should take on before listing their home.

1. Clean, clean, and clean some more.
This seems like a no brainer, but there may be small things you forget or miss as you’re picking up around the house. This could include: cleaning air returns, dusting off fan blades, and polishing faucets. If you find yourself too busy to tend to these tasks, you can hire a cleaning service (I have referrals if you need one!)

2. Clear out any clutter.
When a potential buyer walks into your home, we want them to envision themselves living in the space and how it would look. If you have clutter or mess around the house, this will make the vision much more difficult for potential buyers. Ultimately, you could lose out on the sale over this detail. Keep your space open with minimal decor. Also, I have stagers who can help, hit me up for a referral!

3. Remove personal items lying around the house.
This ties into tip #2, the potential buyer wants to envision themselves living in the space, not you. If you have any photographs of you and your family or personal items to your children, remove these, and keep the space neutral for the buyer.

4. Make good use of plants and nature.
If you have certain areas of the home you want to emphasize and bring attention to, try placing a potted plant or decorated vase in that space.

5. Curb appeal
A buyer’s home tour starts the minute they pull up to the curb. Make sure the yard is clean, mulched and the entry is bright and inviting. A color pop on the door when appropriate makes a big impact on photos and in-person.

There are so many small details that many homeowners may not realize has a huge effect on whether the home will sell or not. These could make or break a sale, so make sure you keep all this in mind as you prepare your home for market.

If you are getting ready to buy or sell, get in touch with me today! I’d love to help. Over the past decade, I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge on everything in Portland Metro. When I work with a client to achieve their real estate needs, they get step by step expert guidance by me, as well as my carefully selected vendors that I work with.

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