Thanks to high demand and low-interest rates, 2016 was a seller’s market. Although there’s been a small rise in interest rates going into the new year, 2017 is still shaping out to be another great time for sellers. If you have been thinking about selling your home, the transition to the new year is a great time to do so. By following these tips for getting your home ready to sell in Oregon in 2017, you can potentially get top dollar from the sale.

getting your home ready to sell1. Find the Right Real Estate Agent

You might think that all seller’s agents are the same, but one of the most important things to do to sell your house quickly and for a top price is to research agents. Then, hire a good one.

Do Your Research

Examine your chosen agent’s existing listings and how he or she markets those houses. Make sure the agent uses high-quality photography and compelling language. Does the agent do anything above and beyond for those listings, such as a video tour for each property?Check out the profiles and reviews of the agents in whom you’re interested. Use the information you find to narrow it down to three agents. You can interview each one in person, and be sure to ask each agent for information on sales activity, existing listings and how long listings stay on the market. By working with a dedicated real estate agent, you can set up effective open houses, price your home competitively and get people in the door for viewings, even when you are not available.

2. Know the Current Market and Home Values

Once you hire a dependable realtor, that person can help you with these numbers. By pricing your house competitively against other homes, you can potentially incite a bidding war and receive an offer that’s higher than asking value. You don’t want your house priced too high or you might miss out on potential buyers.

Sellers Market vs. Buyers Market

If you are in an area that’s a seller’s market, you can control the price and terms of the purchase. If you’re in a buyer’s market, you may need to consider price reductions, credits for the buyer and extra incentives.

3. Clean, Clean, Clean

Even if there are parts of your home that could use a little updating, a clean home always shows better than a messy and dirty one. When you show your home, you’ll want to do a little more than just pick up. Make sure walls are wiped down, floors are scrubbed, windows are cleaned, and rugs and carpets are vacuumed and deodorized.

Clear Out

Make it easy for potential buyers to picture themselves in your home, so take the time to remove any clutter and personalized items. Organize closets so they look half empty to show the house has ample storage. Box up any family photos, kids’ art and bulky furniture.Don’t forget about the outside of the house, too. If you’re in a snowy area, make sure your driveway and sidewalk are clear of snow. Clear off any decks and patios to make them presentable. Once the snow melts, clean up the yard of any garbage and debris that built up over the winter.

4. Stage the Home

Go through your home to see if anything needs small repairs or painting. Replace any empty or burned out light fixtures. Consider adding brighter lights to dark areas and keeping curtains open to let in natural light. Rearrange furniture if it makes the room look bigger. Make all of the beds and place clean linens in all of the bathrooms.

Inviting Touches

Fresh flowers also look very inviting when staging a home. You want buyers to picture themselves in your home, so make it as attractive as possible.

5. Curb Appeal

A survey found that strong curb appeal can increase a home’s price by 10 percent or more. Green grass, new shrubs and flowers, and easy-to-maintain landscaping all give a welcoming feel to potential buyers. Plus, sellers typically get a 100 percent return on their investment for curb appeal updates.

Add a Sign

Once you have your yard looking fresh and updated, add a “for sale” sign on the lawn. Drive-by traffic sees the sign. Those people either call or look up the listing online. The sign is an easy and useful way to drive interest for your home. Most realtors provide this sign with contact information so they can handle everything on your behalf.

6. Use Quality Photos

With so many buyers finding listings online, it’s vital to have high-quality photos of your home’s interior and exterior.

Lighting and Clarity Matter

You may need to take photos of different parts of the home during different times of day since the lighting can change throughout the day. Try not to leave out any of the rooms, and make sure the rooms are clean and staged for photos.

By following these tips and the advice from an experienced and dedicated real estate agent, you should have no troubles selling your home in 2017.

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