Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
EBA Portland, LLC
Exclusive Buyer Agent since 1999
1) CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN - particularly the bathrooms and the kitchen
2) De-Clutter - The closets as well, pack up and store extra doo-dads, keep the counters neat and mostly empty, take all the stuff off the fridge - kids art, photos of your dog, charming magnets, etc.
3) Paint a nice neutral color - this includes your son's fabulous navy / sail boat themed room with the blue and white wallpaper or your wonderful red dining room that looks so nice next to your yellow kitchen. You will get to paint and decorate in your new place.
4) Replace old/dated door knobs - ALL of them - this is a cheap and effective way to not turn off a buyer with a feeling of being dated.
5) Replace lighting fixtures if they are old and yukky (as opposed to old an cool). Home Depot and Lowes have wonderful and inexpensive lights that will really make a difference
6) Update the faucets in kitchen and baths (again, relatively inexpensive fix that makes the home look newer)
7) Take down old/dingy window coverings - this includes the 'eyebrow' style of curtains that I see a lot of in kitchens.
8) If you have pets, make sure you clean up after them
9) Mow and trim the yard, paint the porch, put in inexpensive plants and mulch.
Hope this helps - GOOD LUCK and if you need more suggestions, just email me: email@example.com
Beyond that, invest in a fresh white comforter cover for the bed and put new white show towels in the bathrooms. Changing out lighting fixtures goes a long ways to updating and if you are up for it a fresh coat of paint makes everything look and smell fresh.
The more show ready your home is the faster you will receive an offer to purchase and in the current market you might receive several if you are well positioned. Happy selling.
I would encourage you to look further into home staging. It can give you an edge over your competition in the market.
I hope you have great success!
In terms of my sellers in the Portland Metro area, I provide a range based on a Comparative Market Analysis, provide them my list of top to do's and arrange a staging appointment at my expense. While, I have good ideas I share about staging and repairs, I find my Stager goes well beyond in helping clients maximize their selling dollar.
Clearly having your home show ready is critical. Your new buyer should drive up to a freshly painted home or at the very least freshly painted front door. Well manicured yard, flowers in the pots and windows sparkling. Once they step inside, it should look clear and crisp and smell good too, with fresh paint, carpets/floors cleaned, updated fixtures and cleared of your personal items. Have the furnace serviced and cleaned and any other maintenance issues you have been ignoring to ensure once you obtain a sale, it will stick.
Your Realtor is your best source and advocate throughout the process and following their advise will net you the greatest gain. Good Luck.
Please let me know if this was helpful and you'd like more input. Thanks,
Declutter by putting away papers and paring down clothes (makes closets look bigger) and decorative accessories (looks clean and streamlined), and even removing extra furniture to open up rooms and make them appear larger.
Freshen things up with new paint and light fixtures--nothing screams 1992 like a shiny brass light fixture. Neutral is good when it comes to paint. Outside, power wash the driveway, do a thorough yard clean-up with fresh bark and some colorful plants. Make sure light bulbs are all working and for the purposes of presenting your house in it's best light, increase the light bulb wattage to help your home be as light, bright and cheerful as possible.
In a buyer's market, getting your home ready to sell isn't about selling for more than other, similar houses in your neighbhorhood--it's about standing out as a the best one, so yours is the house that sells.
I would be happy to talk with you about other ways to present your home for sale. Please contact me if you'd like more information about how my team can help you maximize the value of your home.
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