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Listing Your Home? Prep Tips from a Listing Agent

By Marisa Swenson, January 14, 2021

Are you planning to sell and wondering where to start and what is important to focus on?  I love listing homes and over the course of my career, I have seen the following tips help with a smooth transition to market and a successful selling experience. These tips are simple basics that every seller can and should take on before listing their home.

1. Clean, clean, and clean some more.
This seems like a no brainer, but there may be small things you forget or miss as you’re picking up around the house. This could include: cleaning air returns, dusting off fan blades, and polishing faucets. If you find yourself too busy to tend to these tasks, you can hire a cleaning service (I have referrals if you need one!)

2. Clear out any clutter.
When a potential buyer walks into your home, we want them to envision themselves living in the space and how it would look. If you have clutter or mess around the house, this will make the vision much more difficult for potential buyers. Ultimately, you could lose out on the sale over this detail. Keep your space open with minimal decor. Also, I have stagers who can help, hit me up for a referral!

3. Remove personal items lying around the house.
This ties into tip #2, the potential buyer wants to envision themselves living in the space, not you. If you have any photographs of you and your family or personal items to your children, remove these, and keep the space neutral for the buyer.

4. Make good use of plants and nature.
If you have certain areas of the home you want to emphasize and bring attention to, try placing a potted plant or decorated vase in that space.

5. Curb appeal
A buyer’s home tour starts the minute they pull up to the curb. Make sure the yard is clean, mulched and the entry is bright and inviting. A color pop on the door when appropriate makes a big impact on photos and in-person.

There are so many small details that many homeowners may not realize has a huge effect on whether the home will sell or not. These could make or break a sale, so make sure you keep all this in mind as you prepare your home for market.

If you are getting ready to buy or sell, get in touch with me today! I would love to help. Over the past decade plus, I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge on everything in Portland Metro. When I work with a client to achieve their real estate needs, they get step by step expert guidance by me, as well as access to my carefully selected list vendors that I work with.


Marisa Swenson – Specializing in Modern Home Sales

Marisa Swenson

Broker Licensed in OR & WA

Marisa is a Portland native, born and raised in the heart of the Hollywood district, she possesses a wealth of knowledge about the Portland Metro area. Over the past decade, Marisa has sought out the best in local mid-century and contemporary modern architecture and design around the city. Her website Modern Homes Portland is a labor of love where she shares her enjoyment of all things modern including a curated list of modern homes for sale in the Portland area. In her past, Marisa worked with a company that provided home contractor services. She worked closely with contractors identifying, evaluating and correcting common maintenance issues in homes and commercial buildings. Pairing this experience with many years of client service and a love of homes made the transition to becoming a REALTOR® seamless. She is a member of the Architectural Heritage Center, Doccomomo's Oregon Chapter, Restore Oregon where she also sponsors their Mid-Century Modern tour each year.  Working with these organizations, she hopes to help preserve buildings from the modernist movement mid century and beyond, and to help spread awareness of their importance. She currently lives in the suburbs of Portland with her family and is working on restoring her Northwest Regional Style custom-built 1960's time capsule home that will be added to the historic registry in 2017.When she’s not working with clients or scouring the city for hidden architectural gems, Marisa likes to spend time with her family, play soccer, hike in the beautiful Pacific NW forests, visit new restaurants and coffee shops.
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