Five Spring Steps to Sell Your Portland Home Sooner
Spring is a great time to get your on the market and sold with the help of your Portland real estate agent. Buyers are emerging from their winter hibernation and are motivated to buy before the inevitable summer price hikes. Getting your home sale over with in the next couple of months will free up the rest of your summer for relaxation – so what are you waiting for? Use our quick checklist to make sure your home is in shape to sell this spring.
Home exterior spic and span. Portland’s northwest winters can be hard on the outside of your home. The gutters may be full of pine needles and leaves and cobwebs are sure to be tangled around light fixtures and windows. Some home siding materials may be susceptible to mold and mildew. Don’t assume that a pressure washer will take care of all these issues for you – some elbow grease and cleaning products might be needed.
Yard tidy and eye-catching. Most Portland home sellers will settle for a mown lawn and moss-free driveway. Go the extra mile by doing a little “front yard staging” to give your home some serious curb appeal. Plant beds with bright spring flowers or graze-able and pretty salad greens, and create inviting paths for buyers to step into your garden and let their imaginations go wild.
Clean interior. Nothing says “spring” like the fresh, clean slate buyers should see when they walk into your home. The key to great home staging is to make your home feel move-in ready by eliminating unnecessary furnishings and clutter, but leaving enough personal touches to make it comfortable. After you’ve cleaned your house from top to bottom, a bunch or two of fresh flowers will add that homey, spring touch that just might make buyers fall in love.
Light and bright. In any season – especially in a place like Portland where the weather can get a bit, well, dark – it’s a good idea to be sure you’re letting as much light into your home as possible. After you shine up those windows, make sure all your lightbulbs are working. Place lamps strategically to light up dark corners and use full-spectrum bulbs for a daylight effect.
Out with the old, hold off on the new. Buyers can’t picture themselves in your home if it’s full of your stuff. That doesn’t mean you have to move out, but you can get a head start on packing by spending a couple of weekends going through items you haven’t used in a while. If the task is too daunting, enlist a professional organizer to get you going. Then get ready to show off those empty closets and drawers!
For more advice on preparing your home for sale this spring, contact your Portland real estate agent.April 10, 2013