As you begin the process of putting your home or property up for sale, it’s critical that you find the real estate agent that will best suit your needs. Valley Realty is a leader in the real estate market throughout Baker, Union, & Wallowa Counties. We are ready to help you find the perfect person to purchase your home. Regardless of whom you choose to work with though, the following tips will help ensure you have the best home-selling experience possible.
Have your home inspected. You may find that there are home improvements you could make. Consider all of these needed improvements as investments that increase the value of your home.
Before you begin showing your home, do a walk through with your agent to get another set of eyes on the presentation of your home. It’s important to decorate your home in such a way that leaves potential buyers with the ability to imagine what their lives would look like in the space. Paint choices, furniture, and general decorations should be neutral, and clutter should be kept to a minimum. If you are still living in the home at the time of listing, remove all personal photos and artwork that might call attention away from the space.
Don’t forget to take care of the exterior of the home before showings begin. Trim any hedges and mow grass, tidy up your garage, and clean up any garbage or scraps that might be laying in the yard. The first thing potential buyers will see is the exterior of the home, so these simple steps should help give them a great first impression!
When it comes time to show your home, it is best not to be present while potential buyers are looking. Buyers who are searching for homes for sale are far more likely to stay longer and feel more comfortable looking at a home when they don’t feel like they are invading your personal space. If you do have to be home, do your best to stay in the background and let the real estate professionals take the lead.
Once you have an offer, be professional in your negotiations. Set the lowest offer you are willing to accept ahead of time, and speak with your real estate agent to ensure that you have the support you need.
Make first impressions count. Without a doubt, a visually appealing house will attract buyers, who can't help but respond to the look and "feel" of a home. Take time to carefully prepare for showings.
Don't forget the following:
Scrub, dust and fix up the works. Buyers will notice details. Get rid of the clutter, repair leaky faucets, wage war on dust and clean until your home shines. Small things can make a potential buyer walk away. When you prepare your house for showing, remember to:
• Shampoo carpets
• Clean tubs, toilets and showers and hang fresh towels
• Oil squeaky doors
• Fix things like broken hinges and light switches
Listen to suggestions. As you prepare your home, don't rely solely on your own judgement. It's hard to be objective when you're the owner. Your realtor will have helpful, professional tips on how to make your home more marketable.
Take a whiff. Nothing will turn a buyer away faster than an odd smell. Try to eliminate smoking, food and pet odors. And don't leave any clues. If potential buyers see a dog or an ashtray, they'll be on the lookout for smells and stains.
Turn on the lights. Open shades and draperies before a viewing. Open all doors inside home. Turn on inside and outside lights.
Let potential buyers "see" themselves in your home. Too many personal items can make viewers feel like they're intruding in someone else's home. Keep things clean and simple. Decorate in neutral colors.
Get out of the house. When buyers view your home, they'll be more comfortable and spend more time if you're not there. If you must be present, be as unobtrusive as possible. Let your agent do the work.
Stay unemotional during negotiations. Selling your home can be emotionally charged, but don't let that stand in the way of making a deal. Have a business-like attitude during the process.
If you have more questions about selling Northeastern Oregon real estate, call 541- 963-4174 today!