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It’s a No Brainer – People like CLEAN homes

By Tracy Dau, June 20, 2019

Selling a house and getting ready for a move is time consuming and trying to keep a spotless house  is tough. But it really is worth the effort – a cleaner home will usually sell faster than a dirty one.  Buyers look at homes with filthy rugs, marred walls and scummy showers and all they see is more work, time and expense. Not only is it a financial turn off, but the yuk factor comes into play. Who wants someone else’s bacteria and viruses?   If they walk down your basement steps that their tennis shoes stick to the stair treads, its a giant turn off.

OK, let’s say your house was pretty clean, it sold, and you are ready to move out. How clean should the house be when you close the front door for the last time? This part gets a little tricky because states have different real estate contracts and different requirements, some of which are vague and wide open to different interpretations. Oregon’s contract uses  the term “broom clean” which is what appears in the actual purchase agreement. Basically that means the sellers’ trash is gone, floors are vacuumed, bathrooms and kitchens are clean. The house should be at least as clean as the day the sale was closed. But again, common sense on the part of the buyer and seller should be the guide.  You probably will need more than a broom.  Don’t leave your house filthy for the new buyer.  Your reputation is at stake.

Enough said —-  CLEAN YOUR HOUSE.  And if you don’t know what “clean” is, then hire a cleaning team to do a deep clean for you.  There are some really great cleaning companies in Portland.  Need a referral?  We have you covered.

 

Tracy Dau

Broker | Earth Advantage

She/Her

When you meet Tracy Dau, it doesn’t take long to realize where her true passions lie.  She loves houses and loves matching her clients with the place that’s perfect for them.  Ask her clients and they’ll tell you she’s a whirlwind of energy, a juggler of projects, a creative force, a good listener and a tireless advocate.  She comes to the job with a vision for what’s possible and the background to make that happen. Maybe it’s because she grew up in the breathtaking town of Juneau Alaska, where it rains 250 days a year.  It’s the kind of place where you either give into gloomy weather or dig deep and find the will to preserve. Maybe it’s because her folks instilled in her the drive to succeed. For the past sixteen years she has gutted and restored many houses, using any opportunity to work with her hands. Blending her formal training as a fine artist and designer with her experience as a builder, these old-house remodels have become her creative canvas. Her time as a product developer and architectural consultant at Rejuvenation House Parts introduced her to a community of like-minded folks who encouraged her to become a REALTOR®. She is drawn to vintage homes. The artist in her is drawn to their detail, the builder in her to their craftsmanship. Their charm and imperfections make them all the more fascinating and soulful. That’s what drew her to her first home. Stripped of all her painted-lady features, she sat sadly on a corner lot in SE Portland waiting to be loved and cared for. She had a yard full of shopping carts, a tree that had grown through her facade, motor-oil soaked mattresses and a basement full of the neighbor’s missing car parts, and yet, in spite of this her husband Nate and Tracy bought and fixed her up. This renovation lead to the next house-love-affair, followed by another and another. It only made sense to apply this knowledge and the valuable lessons learned along the way to help others looking to buy or improve their own homes. Which brings me to why she became a REALTOR®. Tracy chose this job because she is passionate about houses and loves the chance to develop relationships with her clients. When you choose to work with Tracy, she will advocate for your best interests, guide you through the home buying process and protect you from the stressful moments as they inevitably arise. She will advise you every step of the way to enable you to make good decisions, stay centered and reach your goals. Even after your  transaction has come to an end, Tracy is still available to answer your questions and help with your home projects. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. Her hobbies include teaching her children, Lander and Olivia, about nature, hunting for sea creatures, spotting birds, drinking bourbon in the winter and gin in the summer, eating chocolate and traveling to warm destinations.
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