Blog Stories 5 Easy and Affordable Tips for Getting Your House Ready for Sale

5 Easy and Affordable Tips for Getting Your House Ready for Sale

By Rachel Blustein, May 22, 2024

Hello, homeowners! Thinking about selling your home? Whether you’re upsizing, downsizing, or simply ready for a change, preparing your house for sale is an important part of the process. With a little effort and a whole lot of love, you can make your home shine on a small budget. As a local real estate agent in Portland, I’ve seen firsthand the impact these tips will have on attracting buyers.

Here are five simple and cost effective ways to make your home shine:

1. Declutter and Depersonalize
We know that first impressions matter and undoubtedly this goes for your house too! Creating a clutter-free environment allows potential buyers to envision their future in your home. After all, you are going to be packing either way. Think of this as the first step in helping you reach your next destination. Remove clutter, family photos and keepsakes. In summary, the goal is to create a clean and inviting environment for a buyer’s imagination to run wild.

2. Freshen Up with Paint
Undeniably a fresh coat of paint does wonders for your home’s interior. In this case, you may even consider a color consultation to ensure you’re making the right impact. For example, Simply White by Benjamin Moore is a personal favorite. Surprisingly, it works well in almost every light condition!

3. Boost Curb Appeal
Your home’s exterior is the first thing buyers see. With this in mind, mow the lawn, trim the hedges, and plant some colorful flowers. If your front door looks worn, a fresh coat of paint will make it pop. You may even consider adding new house numbers or a welcoming doormat. With attention to detail, your house is sure to shine.

4. Make Minor Repairs
Taking care of minor repairs that might turn buyers off certainly invites potential buyers to fall in love with your house even more. Such as fixing leaky faucets, replacing burnt-out light bulbs, and repairing squeaky doors. In reality, small issues can give the impression that the home hasn’t been well-maintained.

5. Stage Your Home
Truly, staging doesn’t have to be expensive. After all, you can rearrange your own furniture to create open, inviting spaces and highlight your home’s best features. For an added zing, include fresh flowers, set the dining table, and place cozy throws on sofas and beds. To sum it up, the goal is to create a welcoming environment that allows buyers to see the potential in every room.

Selling your home doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive. By time you complete these five easy and affordable tips, you will be ready to present your home in the best possible light and attract qualified buyers. Remember, the little things add up, and the effort you put in now can lead to a quicker sale and a better price.

Ready to take the next step? As your local real estate expert, I’m here to guide you through the process from start to finish. Contact me today to schedule a consultation!

Rachel Blustein

Broker | OR


Rachel's passion is people. She's a natural communicator and a talented problem solver. Earning a bachelor of science and a masters in education gives her a unique perspective in guiding her clients smoothly through the complexities of the home buying and selling process. Her responsiveness, clear communication and strategic approach set her apart during inspections and negotiations. An ancillary knowledge of architecture, interior design and eco-friendly alternatives supplement her already strong knowledge of the Portland real estate market. Rachel provides an educational home buying and selling experience for her clients by surrounding herself with only the best inspectors, contractors, and lenders.
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