Selling your house in the rainy season in Oregon

Portland rainy season

The rain has begun in western Oregon.  The long summer months in Portland was definitely enjoyed by our residents and visitors here but the rain also brings a lot of new excitement in fall.  School started again; there is a fresh smell of rain and trees everywhere; and Halloween is coming!  This time around the rain was especially welcomed by everyone because of devastating forest fire we had in September.

When it comes to real estate, fall and winter season are slower than spring and summer because less people are thinking about buying a home in the rain.  Homes do look nicer with blooming flowers rather than falling leaves.  The opposite is also true for sellers.  Fewer families are thinking about selling their home before Thanksgiving and Christmas when families gather and celebrate.  If you are, however, in the market to sell your home in the month of October, November, December or January, make sure you do what you can so your home is appealing to a potential buyer.

Home Decoration

Staging and decorating your home definitely helps sell the home.  In the fall and winter season, the overall home décor should present different feelings than say spring and summer.  Rather than making your home look like it’s a summer vacation home in the Bahamas, add more fall colors to your décor.  You don’t need to change any furniture but just add fall color to your existing furniture such as dining table and living room décor.  Put an earthy and neutral colored covers and mats on your dining table with fall decors.  Change out the sky blue couch pillows to burgundy or rustic colors.  Put a stacked pumpkin decor in your kitchen with a warm scent of fall fragrance.  Add a pile of real wood in your fireplace as a decoration.  Make sure your home is warm enough before showings.  You get the drift.  You don’t need to spend too much money in home decors to your house but make small changes so that your home can present itself in a way that is homey and warm especially in this season where people’s emotions are high.

Against the Elements

We live in the Pacific Northwest, place known for rain.  We get a lot of rain in the fall and winter months.  That means there is a lot of unwanted growth of moss and weed around the house.  Make sure your roof is clean before you put your home on the market.  You can hire a professional for less than $300 to thoroughly clean your roof.  When a house has a bunch of green algae and moss growing on the roof, a buyer only sees that the owner neglected the home and immediately raises an objection.  Another big objection is algae and mildew on sidings.  If you have a pressure washer, make sure you thoroughly clean your home with it at a low psi so your house doesn’t look like an abandoned home in a forest.  Also pressure wash your driveway and constantly blow leaves off of your property.  Make sure your gutter is clean so that a buyer doesn’t see water pouring off the gutter during a showing.  It only raises the question, “What else is wrong with the house?”  Taking care of these tasks will only help yourself as a seller when you can sell your home more quickly and for more money when it shows well so don’t think of it as a chore on behalf of a buyer.  It’s for your benefit.

Waiting Game

If you are selling your home in the rainy season, you are going to be waiting for a longer time until it is sold.  The Portland housing market is not as hot as it used to be anymore.  Moreover, rainy season can be a very slow time for real estate.  Although the market in certain parts of the Portland metro area are hotter than others, your home will take longer to sell in the rainy season.  Just be patient and let your real estate agent keep working at it consistently.  Best luck to selling your home and to your new journey!

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