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Zen and the Art of House Preparation

By Sharon Bloudek, February 27, 2019

Zen and the Art of House Preparation

Abraham Lincoln said if you give him six hours to cut down a tree, he would take four hours sharpening his axe. The same idea applies to preparing your house to sell (or a visit from your in-laws!).

Before Marie Kondo made it popular, I always encouraged clients to declutter their home. I think it is an investment of time which will always pay dividends when selling and moving. But it’s also important to spark joy for a buyer when they come to view. Consider the following…

Become the buyer! Depersonalize your home back into a house-

‣ Refresh the air and make sure pet odors are absent.
‣ Repair all those little issues you have been putting off.
‣ Replace clutter with space and fresh touches.

Grab attention from buyers! Be the best dressed house on the block-
‣ Refresh your yard and house paint.
‣ Repair lamps, mailbox and shutters.
‣ Replace the roof if needed, and get the gutters done too!

Welcome buyers! First impressions really count-
‣ Refresh the paint on your front door.
‣ Repair or clean your door hardware, including your bell.
‣ Replace old doormats and add flowers!

Entice the buyer! Clean, clean and then clean some more-
‣ Refresh carpets, rugs, draperies and clean appliances.
‣ Repair and clean vent covers and bathroom fans.
‣ Replace grimy grout and ceiling fans.

Create your buyer’s dreams! Stage your house to attract everyone-
‣ Refresh your viewpoint, or work with a professional Stager to gain clarity.

‣ Repair and showcase the kitchen, the heart of the home.
‣ Replace your color palette with neutrals so buyers can dream too.

Sharon Bloudek

Broker

Sharon was recently recognized as the #1 Individual Agent in the #1 Real Estate office in the State of Oregon. Recognized as a FIVE STAR Real Estate Agent in Portland, Oregon for 9 years. Sharon has been named top 1% in the RMLS, and has been a member of PMAR's Masters Circle Diamond Platinum Level. Having lived both in the city & the suburbs, she is a great resource for relocation clients. She has worked extensively with first time home buyers & first time home sellers, upsizers, downsizers and investors. She has experience in multi-family units, plexes, and timberland. She is the third generation in her family to be in the real estate business. Sharon graduated from the University of Oregon with a MBA in Marketing & International Business, and from Loyola Marymount University with an emphasis in Business Management. She lives in SW Portland with her husband and three kids and enjoys volunteering in the community. She loves hiking, traveling and going to the beach. Basketball and softball were her favorite sports to play, and while she never played soccer - her husband and kids do - and now she appreciates the beautiful game. Sharon would love the opportunity to work with you!
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