4 Home Improvements To Make Before Selling This Summer in Portland

Are you thinking about selling your house this summer? If so, read this blog post to discover 4 home improvements to consider making before selling.  Doing these things will increase the likelihood that you can sell quickly, and at a premium retail price.

When is the best time to sell? Some will argue that spring is the best time and that summer is more challenging, with families planning vacations.  Just because summer isn’t the best time to sell doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Here are 4 home improvements to make this spring to increase the likelihood that you’ll sell faster and closer to your asking price.

Home Improvement #1. Clean Your Exterior

Potential buyers looking for a home want one that will be easy and carefree to look after.  They also want one they can move into with confidence that the previous homeowner took care of it.  One way to show that is by giving plenty of extra attention to your home’s exterior.  So clean it up!

Power wash the walls, weed the path, wash the windows, replace the missing downspout, and bring the kids toys in. These might seem like small actions but they can have a big effect.  First impressions are the most important!

Home Improvement #2. Landscaping

landscape Home Improvements To Make Before Selling This SummerNext, think about your landscaping. This doesn’t have to be extravagant but put in some time to make your home’s landscaping look really good.

Turn the soil in the garden, trim the hedges, plant flowers, add some shrubs, put fresh bark mulch around each tree or in the front bed, apply a weed killer and fertilizer to encourage grass growth.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have big impact.  Keep the grass mowed and pavements edged.  Small improvements will go a long way to improve the look and feel of your property.

Home Improvement #3. Paint The Exterior

If you’ve owned your home for a while, consider painting at least the trim around doors and windows. Painting just the trim is easy and can be done quickly on a weekend.  If paint is peeling, especially on the south or west sides, then go ahead and paint the entire exterior.  Even if you contract this job, it will pay for itself by encouraging buyers to take a second look at your home.

Home Improvement #4. Add A Deck

decking Home Improvements To Make Before Selling This SummerThis last suggestion might seem like a lot but actually a small deck is fairly affordable.  It will make your backyard much more inviting and ready for family barbecues.

Some homeowners might balk at the expense, but if it’s the difference between selling now versus selling later, it just might be worth it!


The summer is a pretty good time to sell a house but you can speed up the process by making these 4 improvements this spring.  Depending on the house and location, cleaning, painting and landscape improvements will probably pay for themselves.  Deck, kitchen or bathroom upgrades may cost slightly more than the value they return, but consider the competition.  If you want to sell fast you’ll need to stand out in the market.  Whatever improvements you decide on, you’ll be glad you did them!  You may even start having second thoughts about selling!

If you’d like to sell faster and spend less time, effort and money, why not sell directly to a home buyer like us? We’ll give you a fair, all-cash offer to buy right away. No worries about buyer financing, heck, you don’t even have to clean.  Click here now and fill out the form or call our office at (971) 246-7954.

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