Get Your Portland Oregon Home Ready to Sell in 30 Days!

Reblogger Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
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Get Your Portland Oregon Home Ready to Sell in 30 Days!

This is a great list of Things To Do (by Amy Hahn) before putting your home on the market ... and every single one of these suggestions will move you towards a faster sale!

If you need help getting your Portland home ready for selling, contact us for a staging consultation.  We're expert home stagers who can help make sure your home is appealing and "move in ready" for potential buyers in the Portland area!

Original content by Amy Hahn NCRE# 242843

 

Get Your Home Ready to Sell in 30 Days!


If you are like me, you are busy, busy, busy!  There are many chores that I "ignore" when time is short, but if I were planning to sell my home, I'd need to tackle them and make my house sparkle!

If you are considering selling your home, go ahead and start working on the list below.  In just 30 days, your home will SHINE!  Don't forget to continue with your everyday chores too!  You will want your home to be "Show Ready" 24/7! 


1. Clean the ceiling fan blades (all of them).

2. Use a damp cloth and wipe down all baseboards.  I have heard that following with a fabric softener helps reduce dust build up in the future, but have never tried it myself.

3. Clean out the refrigerator!  Be brutal and throw away all those condiments that you can't even remember buying or using! Don't forget to wipe down the outside too, dust the top and if you don't have it on your regular maintenance list.... Vacuum the coils!

4. Clean out the cabinets and drawers in the kitchen.  Follow by wiping down the doors and pulls.

5. Pressure Wash the drive and walkways. Clean the siding if necessary, being careful with wood or painted surfaces to avoid chipping or splintering. 

6. Pull weeds from gardens, and plant a few colorful flowers near front door.  

7. Repair any nail holes or damage to walls and touch up the paint.  

8. Wipe down all door knobs and other hardware and polish if necessary.

9. Clean every window.... Inside & out!

10. Clean and organize bathroom cabinets and drawers.

11. Purge the pantry and clean, organize and show potential buyers just how much space is there!

12. Tackle the "honey do" list and fix all those small repairs.  You know the ones, the loose door pull, the leaning mailbox, the creaky door hinge, etc.

13. Replace burnt out light bulbs and clean the fixtures while you're at it.

14. As annoying as it is..... clean the grout of your tile floors (and any other tiled surface).

15. Clean the microwave and the oven!

16. Take down curtains and drapes, clean them, and decide whether or not they should be re-hung!  Natural light can be a BIG selling point!

17. Purge and de-clutter!  If you just can't bring yourself to dispose of ANYTHING.... box it up and store it!

18. Clean and organize your closets!  If you haven't worn it in 2 years, chances are, you will never wear it!  Get rid of it by donating to a great cause in your area.  Then, organize by length and color and it will look amazing!  Box up your out of season shoes and clothing and show those buyers just how "roomy" that closet is!

19. Dust!  And I mean EVERYTHING!  The lamps, the picture frames, the ugly artificial plants & flowers.... EVERYTHING!

20. Vacuum every inch of every room.  Under the beds, the sofas, behind the bookshelves, the corners of the ceiling, the air vents (and change the air filters)..... EVERY INCH!

21. Clean the garage.  Take everything out (I know it's a big job), sweep, pressure wash the floors, repaint the floor if needed & possible, and then organize as you put the items back.  Again, I want you to purge!  Do you really need that broken leaf blower or those empty paint cans?  Just do it.... It will feel Great!

22. If you store things in the attic or basement, you will need to clean and purge those areas too!  Yep, buyers will look in your attic and if they choose to buy the home, a home inspector will appreciate clean and easy access!

23. Clean every sink, tub and  toilet and re-caulk if needed.

24. Sweep and clean the patio or deck!  If needed, clean any outdoor furniture.  Add a couple of new cushions to the outdoor living area or maybe a few potted plants.

25.  Clean the gutters, and the roof.  Huge piles of pine straw or leaves scream "High Maintenance".  If you do not feel comfortable, hire someone to tackle the roof for you..... It can be a dangerous job!

26. Wash all of your throw rugs, bedding, pillow covers, blankets, etc.  It will help the home smell and look "fresh".

27. Clean the yard!  Remove any fallen limbs or trash.  Trim shrubs and branches from walkways and keep a clean path around the home.  Keep the lawn mowed and raked and looking fabulous.  Remember, first impressions are important!

28. I know you live in the home, but  try to make it a little less "personal".   If you have hundreds of family photos hanging around (I have them too), pack some up.  The doll collection that has taken over the guest room, box that up too.  By de-personalizing the home, buyers find it easier to imagine the house with their "stuff" in it. 

29. Buy a laundry basket or bin for each family member and place in the laundry room or a closet for everyday pickup.  When your REALTOR® calls you to schedule a showing, each family member grabs their basket/bin and runs around filling it with items that need to be put away.  Then deliver the items to where they belong.  

30. On this day, I want you to rest!  Call your REALTOR®, let them know you want to sell your home and schedule a meeting.  Tell them to go ahead and bring their camera, because the house is READY! 


 


 

Amy Hahn

Pine Knoll Shores Realty

252-723-7972 * 252-727-5000 * 800-605-8598

amyhahnnc@gmail.com

www.pineknollshoresrealty.com


 

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John McCormack
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Thanks for re-posting I had missed this one the first go around.  I have some clients that need this list ASAP.  Hope you enjoy a great day my friend.

Aug 15, 2012 02:48 AM #1
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Hi John ~ Amy's post is just chock full of great suggestions for sellers.  If people follow it, they're practically guaranteed of having the best-prepared home in their neighborhood!  Hope you're having a great day too!!

Aug 15, 2012 02:50 AM #2
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Amy wrote a very comprehenive list. Good choice for a re blog.
Aug 15, 2012 10:53 AM #3
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Maureen, You made an excellent choice for a re-blog. Thanks.
Aug 15, 2012 11:51 AM #4
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Hi Valerie ~ Amy certainly nailed it, didn't she!

Hi Debbie ~ As a home stager I love sharing tips that help sellers prepare their homes for the market!

Aug 15, 2012 03:53 PM #5
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Sharon Tara
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So glad you shared this post, I had missed it.  I'll stop by Amy's to leave a comment!

Aug 17, 2012 12:24 PM #6
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
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Hi Sharon ~ Amy put together a really great list that would help sellers tremendously.

Aug 18, 2012 07:26 AM #7
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Joan Cox
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Maureen, great re-blog, and Amy does a great job getting her listings SOLD!

Aug 18, 2012 10:35 AM #8
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Joan ~ Amy gives her sellers some great info to get those listings SOLD!!

Aug 18, 2012 03:15 PM #9
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I saw this in the 'Daily Drop' and never got a chance to read it. Thanks for the reblog. Whew....makes me tired reading it. But it has to be done!

Aug 18, 2012 10:38 PM #10
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Hi Shar ~ It IS a lot of work to do everything on Amy's list, but it will be WELL worth it when the home sells quickly!

Aug 19, 2012 02:27 AM #11
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Maureen, it looks like my to-do list LOL. Even if you are not selling it will not hurt to designate one montha year to follow that list.

Aug 19, 2012 04:47 AM #12
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
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Hi Ana ~ you are SO right about that!  Everyone would be smart to take care of these tasks each year, and they'll be happier living in a clean, organized home.  Then when it's time to sell down the road, the work will be so much easier.

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