The current condition of your Willamette Valley home
Home inspections are a necessary part of any Willamette Valley real estate transaction. An inspection allows a buyer to verify the state of the property they're buying. A growing trend in the pre-listing process is for sellers to secure their own inspection before listing their home.
Damage you were previously unaware of
Necessary repairs you can address ahead of time or disclose as part of the sale process
Areas where upgrades could increase the home's value, making it more desirable to buyers
Deep clean and declutter
No matter how long you’ve lived in your Willamette Valley home, it becomes easy to overlook minor issues or concerns. But even in a seller's market, buyers will have little sympathy or patience for a property that doesn't appear to be well cared for.
Walk through your home and reevaluate the spaces you might have overlooked. Employ fresh eyes such as a friend or family member to help you. As you complete your walkthrough, focus on forgotten or ignored aspects of your home—both inside and out. Check to see if the following needs to be addressed:
- If the mailbox is old or in disrepair
- If your yard is patchy, riddled with debris, or not receiving regular maintenance
- If your window exteriors are dingy, gutters are discolored, or trim is showing its age
- The condition of the hardware on your front door or garage doors
- Check drawer and cabinet pulls
- Examine your baseboards and crown molding
- Consider giving your bathrooms and kitchen a deep clean
- Check your ceiling fans, globe lights, sconces, or air returns for dust
Stage your home to show its potential
Your home is ready to stage after the pre-listing steps of cleaning, decluttering, depersonalizing, and addressing any repairs. Few steps in the pre-listing process will do more to connect your home with a buyer than staging. Beyond shifting furniture to improve the flow and appearance of a particular room, staging removes a home's “lived-in” aesthetic. The goal of staging is to encourage potential buyers to imagine themselves living in your Willamette Valley real estate.
The process most often includes:
Eliminate bulky furniture and replacing it with streamlined contemporary pieces.
Replace window treatments with those that promote more natural light and feel less “heavy.”
Reduce items in closets and other storage spaces by at least half to enhance the appearance of more space.
Open up a home by promoting the flow of foot traffic.
Create an environment that highlights a room's flexibility or helps frame the home as a whole (for example, showcasing an area great for entertaining or for children to play in).
Establish your home's “digital” curb appeal
You want buyers to take notice of your Willamette Valley real estate, so you must create a robust online presence. More than 95% of those looking for a home will conduct their search online—luxury buyers are no exception. Buyers of Willamette Valley homes for sale factor in many characteristics when shopping for real estate—including the neighborhood, schools, luxury amenities, and potential data points related to the transaction.
Professional photographers or videographers who specialize in showcasing a home digitally.
High-resolution photos that look great at any size on any device.
Video or virtual tours that show off the entire house.
Clear, concise copy that is both descriptive and informative—tell the home's story and demonstrate its livability.
Hire an experienced Willamette Valley realtor
The above process may seem daunting, but there’s a sure-fire way to simplify the whole process: partner with a knowledgeable Willamette Valley real estate agent. Interview as many candidates as you need to find one with:
A successful track record buying and selling real estate in luxury markets across the Willamette Valley.
A deep roster of contacts and resources, including best-in-class service providers that will play a role in successfully repairing, staging, and marketing your home.
A tech-savvy understanding of how to capture buyers' attention via online listings and social media.
Knowledge of the nuances of each Willamette Valley luxury market and how to attract the right buyer.