Salem Oregon Real Estate-Selling Tips-Spend a Little, Get a Lot Part 5
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Opt for neutral paint and carpets but add splashes of color with area rugs, napkins, flowers, pillows, curtains, drapes and towels.

Make the fireplace a focal point – polish your fireplace tools and arrange logs in the fireplace.  On cold days, light a welcoming fire.

Selling a vacant house?  Consider renting a few pieces of furniture to create a cozy atmosphere.  Better yet, consider hiring a professional stager for a staging consult.

Just before showing your house, turn on all the lights – including closet and oven lights, and those over the stove and kitchen counters.  This makes the house look bigger and brighter.  Remember to turn on the outside lights also, especially in the Winter months when it gets dark early.  The Real Estate Broker showing your home will appreciate not having to struggle to remove the key from the keybox or get the door unlocked.

Place a small rug in front of doors leading outside so visitors can wipe their feet, particularly if it is raining or snowing.

To give your house an inviting aroma, pour a small amount of vanilla extract on a cookie sheet and place in a warm, NOT HOT, oven.  Consider buying a Scentsy warmer and some of the more generic scents such as vanilla.

How to avoid the most expensive mistakes that people make when trying to sell their home:

Trying to SELL their house when buyers come to see It.

One of the biggest mistakes enthusiastic home sellers make is to follow buyers around and try to SELL them on the property. This can be a negative for the buyers.  The best thing is to stay out of the way, and let people look at their own pace; they’ll get a better feel for the property and whether the house is for them.