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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Is It Worth It to Stage Your Eugene Home This Summer?

If you're thinking of selling your home this summer, I highly encourage you to try some form of staging. It can create an invaluable connection between buyers and your home.

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Summer is officially here and I know many of you are thinking about taking advantage of this hot Eugene market by selling your home.

Should you stage your home to sell it? Is it really worth it?

You may have heard from the pros that using a stager is advantageous to your sale, and they're absolutely right. It's even documented that staging your home can help you sell for about 5% higher.

Staging allows your home to make an emotional connection with buyers.

I believe that staging is really important because it allows you to truly make your home look like one that a buyer would want to move into. So what's the best way to do it? You have a couple good options.

First, you can hire a professional stager, who will undoubtedly do a great job making your home look its best. You can also hop online and find tons of great information on staging and do it yourself. There are many low-cost ways to improve your home's looks. 

Remember, staging adds an emotional effect to your home. When buyers come through, emotion is the first thing they'll base their decisions on. Logical decisions almost always come after. 

We want to grab buyers' attention as quickly as we can with our emotional senses when selling. That's why I think staging is such a high priority. If you'd like, I'd be happy to send you our booklet with staging tips and tricks. 

If you'd like a copy or you have any questions about the Eugene market, don't hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I'd be honored to serve you.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Top 5 Upgrades That Don't Add Value to Your Home

When updating your home, avoid these five renovations that won't bring you much value.

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Whether you want to get your home ready for the market or just to enjoy it a little bit more, there are five upgrades that won't add any value.

Spend your renovation money in the kitchen and bathrooms for the best return.

  1. Extensive landscaping: It simply won't give you a good return on your dollar.
  2. A new roof: The bottom line is that people who buy a new home typically expect a roof that works already. 
  3. Swimming pools and hot tubs: Chances are good that new buyers won't want a hot tub, and in some cases, it can even bring down the value of your home. 
  4. New paint: This will help the house look better, but like the roof, buyers expect houses to be painted already. Adding a fresh coat won't really add value unless you do the labor aspect yourself. 
  5. Solar panels: This is a big one up here in the Northwest. Even though they might cut down on your electricity costs and a small number of buyers really love solar panels, most buyers don't really think much of it or attribute any value to it.

If you have any questions about upgrades that will add value to your specific home, just give me a call or send me an email. I'd be happy to advise on some updates or renovations that will bring you a good return on your money.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Avoid These 5 Mistakes When Selling Your House

If you want to sell your house in the Eugene market, avoid these five mistakes at all costs.

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When the time comes to sell your house, there are some big mistakes that you need to be sure to avoid:

Don't just hire the Realtor who says they can get the highest price for your house.

  1. Overpricing it: People hear about how good the market is and try to add an extra cost. The problem is that if it's competing against comparable homes that are priced lower, it will sit on the market. Once buyers see that it has been on the market for a long time, they start to think something is wrong with it and shy away. Then, you'll have to lower the price until it sells, and many times you'll end up having to sell for less money than you could have sold for by pricing it correctly in the first place. 
  2. Not decluttering the home: The more you do, the better it will look to prospective buyers. Box up everything you haven't used in the last few months and either put it in the garage or a storage unit. From there, you can stage your home any way you want.
  3. Not making simple repairs: This is the easy stuff like a ripped screen door or scratched linoleum. They're very noticeable to a buyer and can cause the price to drop. The good part is that it doesn't cost much to make these repairs ahead of time.
  4. Staying emotional about your home: You love your home. It's why you bought it in the first place. You've made a ton of good memories there, too. However, you want to avoid getting emotional when selling it. Buyers may try to lowball you, which might offend you, but just counter their offer like you should. They might also talk about remodeling the home or tearing out things you've worked on over the years, but remember that your goal is simply to get a particular price for the home.
  5. Not hiring the right Realtor: Don't just hire the Realtor who says they can get the highest price for your house because some Realtors will inflate that number just to get your business. You want someone who is straightforward and honest and tells you what you need to know, not what you want to know.

If you're thinking about selling your house, give me a call or send me an email. I'd be glad to help!