It's Time For Oregon Home Sellers to STOP Going Green!

Home Stager with Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon CCB #180695

We visit several homes each week, giving advice on how homeowners can best prepare their homes for a quicker sale.  One thing we are seeing at nearly all these homes is too much green!

No, the houses aren't environmentally friendly or painted green . . . but the all have way too much moss and algae!

algae on gutters needs to be be removedremove moss when selling Oregon homes













Yes - we love living in our green Oregon!  BUT - when putting your home on the mhow to clean sidingarket, make sure you remove the green so you can make more green($$$)!!

When potential home buyers approach a home and see siding with grunge, gutters with stains and walkways with moss what do they think??

  • It's been a wet winter?
  • How natural?
  • Poorly maintained?

You're right - they will automatically get a poor impression before they've even stepped in the house!

I've heard every excuse - I don't want to pressure wash!  I'm afraid the plants may be damaged by cleaning agents!  It's cold outside - I'll do it in a few months!

Trust me - it is worth doing, and worth doing now.  How?

I'm so glad you asked - I wish I had stock in this company.  30 Second Cleaner.

The first time we saw 30 Second Cleaner used (I thought our neighbor must be crazy) I could not believe the results.  Those stains that you think will have to be painted over probably will be removed just by spraying on this product and rinsing with a garden hose.    It's a product we recommend frequently with tremendous success.

moss on roof must be remove when home sellingRoofs . . . don't you just hate it when the green starts peaking out between the shingles? 

Every home buyer is going to be suspect of your roof condition when they see moss on the roof!  Here's an excellent  write up on removing moss and algae from roofs if you are a do it yourselfer.  There are also local companies that specialize in moss removal.  (Need a referral -  just give us a call.)

I've blogged (okay harped) about gutters before and how important it is to keep them clean and well maintained.  So if your gutters need a little attention zip over and read that blog as well to get some inspiration.

So Oregon home sellers, or home sellers to be - get rid the moss and muck from your homes exterior.  It's an important component of curb appeal and helping you get top dollar for your home!


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Comments (6)

Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

Oh, come now Margaret.  Don't you know green is always good.  Can't get too much green.

Mar 20, 2010 10:14 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Margaret, Good point I haven't seen much here on AR about.....I've seen these homes and no one ever thinks about them....bug me.  Cleaning them up and out makes a huge difference.

Mar 21, 2010 12:46 AM
Randy Brusven
Silverton, OR

A little preventive maintenance can save home owners a lot of "green" when it comes time to sell or when they have a major problem on their hands.  Thanks Margaret.  Randy Brusven.

Mar 21, 2010 07:17 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Margaret ~ I'm seeing that grungy-looking green stuff on clients' homes everywhere these days!  Time to break out the power washer and some 30 Seconds Cleaner!! 

Mar 21, 2010 05:24 PM
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Jim - I'm sure you see lots of this grunge in your area too and advise your clients to get it removed! 

Carole - I too think it's really a neglected, but important part of curb appeal!

Randy - One home seller recently decided they didn't need to remove the mold/grunge from their eaves while selling.  The buyer required that it be removed PLUS remediated -- he could have saved a lot of green.

Maureen - I think this warmer winter we've experienced in Oregon has had one little negative side effect - seems that the moss/mildew has really grown more than I remember in prior years!


Mar 22, 2010 03:48 AM
Don Eichler
Eichler Properties - Granbury, TX

Margaret,  We have the same problem in our part of Texas and it does take a little TLC to remove the unwanted green.  The last photo above can really cause some roof damage.  Thanks for the post.

Mar 24, 2010 02:55 AM