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Good news for Beacon Hill home sellers: Your home could go from “listed” to sell in just 62 days this summer — that was the average number of days on market in the last 2 months of 2020. Proactive home sellers can move their homes quickly by getting organized, completing as many tasks as possible before the home goes on the market. To help you get there, we’ve compiled our top real estate agent tips for getting your home cleaned up, fixed up, and staged to sell.

Check Your Beacon Hill Broker First: 

  • Shop around for a real estate agent. Having agent representation is critical in Portland’s hot real estate market, but you don’t want to work with just anyone. Before you sign the listing agreement.
  • Read through the listing agreement. We know there are a lot of documents coming at you as you prepare your home for sale, but this one is important. It spells out the terms of the relationship between you and your real estate agent. It’s perfectly ok to negotiate the expiration date of the agreement, as well as the commission rate you’re being charged. 

Cleaning and Decluttering Beacon Hill Checklist

It may be tempting to sell your home “as-is”, but the simple act of cleaning and decluttering can add 3-5% to the final sales price of your home, according to Consumer Reports. 

Getting rid of unnecessary items will make packing and moving easier, simplify the process of repairing and repainting the home, and give buyers a sense of “Ahhhh,” instead of “Oh, no!” when they walk into your home. Simply put, buyers want to be able to see themselves in your home — whether they are looking at pictures online or touring in-person. 

Beacon Hill Home Staging Checklist

According to the National Association of Realtors, 83% of buyer’s agents said staging helps buyers visualize themselves in the home. And that’s exactly what your goal should be — staging is not about showing off your best furniture or ultra-hip tastes but letting the items in the room bring the room to life. 

  1. Consult your sellers’ agent. We have sold hundreds of homes in Beacon Hill and can provide staging tips to get you started. We offer free interior design consultation (in addition to our own advice) for every home seller.
  2. Declutter (again). Time to take a second look and see what you missed in the first round of decluttering. The ideally staged home is minimalistic and involves just the basic furniture, art, and floor coverings necessary to bring the room together. 
  3. Create focal points. Each room should have one, whether it’s a window, an off-colored wall, fireplace, work of art, or potted plant. This provides a “purpose” for the room and helps buyers picture themselves there. 
  4. Use light to your advantage. When a home is under-lit, photography is difficult and spaces appear smaller. But harsh, overhead lighting is not the solution, either. Bring in floor and table lamps, make sure window shades can be easily pulled back when it’s time to show the home, and be sure your room’s focal point involves light somehow. 

Home Repairs Before Listing?

Not all home sellers have the time or resources to fix up their home before selling it. But a weekend spent repainting or touching up interior elements of the home could have big payoffs in reducing the time spent on the market and boosting curb appeal. We wrote a whole article on the essential repairs that sellers should make to their home, but to summarize, here are some items that should be high on your priority list:

  1. Safety concerns. Maybe you know about the protruding nail in the hallway or the loose porch board, but buyers and their agents don’t! Take care of these and any other safety concerns before moving on to home improvements. It’s also a good idea to take a walk outside and fill any cracks in walkways and patios. 
  2. Unfinished home repair projects. Add trim, patch holes, or do what it takes to give your home a completely finished look. 
  3. Small problems. Wiggly drawer pulls, loose molding, dripping faucets — these can set off red flags for home buyers, even if they don’t affect the overall condition of the home. It’s all about perception!
  4. Repainting selected rooms. Some home sellers choose to repaint their entire home, but others can get away with hitting some key areas. Start by repainting the kitchen and the bathroom, choosing a neutral shade of white or grey. Then repaint any brightly colored rooms in a similar neutral shade. (If you’re not sure, ask us first!)
  5. Repaint the front door. A freshly painted front door welcomes buyers and creates a confident start to a home tour, and a Zillow study found that the color you choose can make a big difference in the sales price. 

Thinking about selling your home? Talk to one of our Beacon Hill condo seller’s agents today, we’ll be happy to walk you through the process and share our strategy to sell your home for top value.

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