The market in Central Oregon is hot right now, or so I’ve witnessed by stalking Zillow and Realtor.com. Am I the only one who spends my nights looking at homes just out of reach with dream features like: farmhouse sinks, shiplap walls, french doors, hardwood floors and gorgeous quartz counter tops. If you want to sell your home, now’s the time. Although, what do I actually know about real estate? Nothing. However, I religiously watch Trading Spaces, Property Brothers, Flipping Out, Flip or Flop and Fixer Upper. I now know, if you want to get top dollar for your home, you have to make sure it glitters.
My Home is Exhausted Like Me
If your home is like mine, the carpet is littered in cotton “fluff” from the dog toys and stained with markers. My wood floors look exhausted and my walls look like we painted them camo. We didn’t. They’re dirty—ew, ew, ew. If a potential buyer knocked on my door today, they’d walk away and never look back. This house is eligible for demolition in its current state. Okay—it’s not that bad, but it can feel that way at times (working two full-time jobs and having a circus of tiny humans and animals living in our home).
Who’s Hiding Mary Poppins?
Sadly, Mary Poppins doesn’t actually exist—or if she does, I need to know who’s hiding her and why they’re not sharing? Criminal charges will be pressed against anyone hiding her location and skills. Alright, I digress. So, because Mary Poppins doesn’t exist, it can be overwhelming to pack, clean and remodel a home for sale. We chatted with one of our amazing Real Estate contacts, Breanne Brand at Cascade Sotherbys Realty, and asked what she recommends homeowners do to make their house more appealing to buyers.
Top Five Tips to Sell Your Home
- Declutter, declutter, declutter. If your home has nooks and crannies that look like a junk drawer, you need to get clear them out. You want a potential buyer to envision themselves living in your home and not a mess.
- Complete unfinished projects. Not all prospective buyers want to buy a project. They want to settle into their new lifestyle as quickly as possible.
- Curb appeal. Plant some fresh new flowers (and don’t forget to water them). Small investments can create a BIG impact.
- Kitchen. The biggest return on your home can be in your kitchen. Depending on your budget consider upgrading appliances, counter tops, cabinetry, changing out hardware, new coats of paint, etc.
- Hire a cleaning company. A regular cleaning service can spruce up your home during the peak selling months and it keeps your home “Open House” & “Private Showing” ready at all times.
Call Cleaning by Knight
If you’re thinking about selling your home and you want a stellar cleaning company by your side, contact Cleaning by Knight today. They’re ready, willing and waiting to help you get top dollar for your supercalifragilisticexpialidocious home!