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In Good Company | A “preparing to sell your home” story. Before and After.

By Virginia Barden, August 8, 2019

The story of selling 10390 SW Hawthorne Ln. It pays to be in good company.

After 30 years of abundant life, the owners of this incredible mid-century home were ready for a new adventure. This home had experienced raising kids, home-cooked meals, joyous Christmases, movie nights, growing serious kitchen gardens, puppy training, spoiling grandchildren, and so many more cherished memories. In the hopes of finding a new home closer to grandchildren and a super-walkable neighborhood, the owners enlisted my help.

Everyday life, and now the changes that come with retirement and a slower pace of life, had made their presence known on the house and we quickly prepared to complete a number of important projects. As their realtor, my job was to advise them on the only the work we needed to do to get top dollar- not to have them spend a dime, unnecessarily. Here’s their journey and a demonstration of how much help from professionals it can take to get a home ready for market.

Getting Started

The first step time to reduce and move out. The sellers needed help deciding what to get rid of for the sake of simplicity and what to do with the things they no longer need. In addition to a serious KonMari session, we enlisted The Move Makers, professionals organizers, and downsizing specialists. They helped sell a pool table, piano, large furniture pieces, and gym equipment in addition to packing the items that “sparked joy” and donate the items that did not. Once the sellers were out of the house- we got to work on the following:




We leaned on Brandon Brown and Bent Nail Contractors for the majority of this work.

  • Full interior wall painting- Balboa Mist by Benjamin More
  • Repainted built-in shelves
  • Finish basement trim
  • Laundry room repaint and wall repair
  • Kitchen hardwood floor repair + refinishing
  • Deep clean hardwood floors of dining, living and entry by NW Professional Hardwood LLC
  • Update light fixtures and house numbers
  • Replace shelving boards in the hallway closet
  • Wall repair
  • Screen door repair
  • Windowpane repair
  • Carpet cleaning by A Plus Quality Cleaning
  • Deep cleaning by White Flower
  • Electrical updating
  • and more…
Seating Area (full of life- the space is working hard)
After Same Space (time to sell, refreshed and ready to go)
Kitchen Before
Kitchen After
Living Room and Built-In Before
Living Room and Built-In After


Major landscaping and garden overhaul including:

  • Replanting beds
  • Serious pruning + re-locating some plants
  • Mulching
  • Gutter cleaning
  • Efflorescence roof treatment
  • Window washing
  • Pressure washing sidewalk, driveways and pathways
  • Re-aligning front pavers
  • Refinish ipe deck
  • Gutter, roof + chimney cleaning
  • Debris removal

A big shout out to Cultivate Bloom (Shannon Crosswhite) for her incredible work on the grounds.

Yard and Deck Before
Outside After

Professional Staging by the incredible team at Crush Staging combined with my team’s marketing efforts really made this property sing.

The sellers have now completed the sale of their home and are on to shopping for something new. I’m thankful to have been given the opportunity to guide my clients throught this incredible personal and physical transformation. Thank you to all of the amazing contractors and service providers that were a part the team for this one. WE’RE IN GOOD COMPANY-for sure!


Virginia Barden


Grounded in personalized service and thoughtful communication, Virginia leverages her experience with high-pressure real estate investment environments to achieve exceptional outcomes for her clients. Virginia creates calm from chaos and loves adapting these tools to her clients’ benefit. In addition to her years in real estate, Virginia holds a Bachelor of Sociology Degree and a Certificate of Organic Master Gardening from Portland State University. She is a member of the Portland Metro Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, and a member of the Urban Land Institute. Virginia has earned her Master Negotiation Expert Certification, a designation that arms her with the most effective negotiation techniques and ability to maximize outcomes for her clients. Only 4,000 agents have earned this designation nationwide. When Virginia is not tenaciously advocating for her clients, she is in the kitchen working on recipes that begin with, “Day 1…”, drinking great coffee and hiking Mt. Tabor with her young family and her labradoodle, Polly. Virginia deeply cherishes the trust of her community and she will always have hearts in her eyes for Portland. Follow Virginia on Instagram to get a look behind the scenes.
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