Salem Oregon Real Estate-Tips for Selling Your Home-The Kitchen Part 2

Salem Oregon Real Estate-Tips for Selling Your Home-The Kitchen Part 2   So, you are preparing your home to sell.  What are the most important rooms to focus on to attract Salem Oregon Buyers? Here are some tips from your Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent to help you get your home sold!!!  In Part 1 of “The Kitchen” we covered the basics.  When the basics are completed, invest in good cleaning supplies and scrub every inch of that kitchen like it’s never been scrubbed in the house’s history.  Remove magnets and everything else from the refrigerator door.  In fact, clean out the inside as well.  Use a sponge and antibacterial cleaner to scrub dirt, grease and food particles from the surfaces.  Unless you have a self-cleaning oven, use oven cleaner to make the oven spotless inside, including the door. Use antibacterial cleaner to clean the stovetop and any other spot you can reach.  Clear off all counters in order to clean and disinfect them. Replace only the items you use every day and limit them to three. Remember to clean small appliances before returning them to the counter or cupboard.  Everything else should be packed away and stored. If your kitchen also serves as “command central” for the family, be sure to take care of this area as well.  Clean the phone with antibacterial cleaner and a paper towel.  Remove outdated notes from the bulletin board or remove the entire board and store it in a closet.  Sort through items in the mail organizer and throw out as much as possible and file everything else.  If you can do...

Salem Oregon Real Estate-Buyers-Six Signs That Could Mean Expensive (Hidden) Trouble…

Salem Oregon Real Estate-Six Signs That Could Mean  Expensive (Hidden) Trouble… Helpful tips for buying your Salem Oregon area home from your friendly Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent. Cracks, bulges, stains, odors, squeaks, and tilting are easy to spot and can mean a little or a lot of trouble in any home. 1.  The first sign of trouble that you should look for is in the foundation.  You can do this by looking around the outside of the home.  If you can see cracks, bulges, mold, wood rot, or listing there may be severe problems with the foundation.  Bearing in mind that all concrete and asphalt will crack as it settles, hairline cracks will be acceptable; anything larger is not.  These things could mean a large foundation settlement because of soil instability, or that the builder didn’t use steel reinforcements, indicating potentially slipshod work throughout the home. 2.  You’ll have to look high to see the second sign.  Are shingles rough, broken, curled, bubbled, warped, or split?  Are there rotted eaves, fascia, soffits? Make sure to look for old, faulty gutters that can hide these problems.  These things could indicate a leaky roof, or one that will need to be replaced in short order. 3.  The third sign of trouble hits you when you walk in the door.  How does it smell?  If it smells like Fluffy or last night’s dinner – that can be fixed by carpet cleaning, and a little time and fresh air most of the time.  A moldy smell could suggest mold in the ductwork, which would require a complete replacement to remove. 4.  You’ll...

Salem Oregon Real Estate-Spend a Little, Get a Lot Part 4 Selling Tips

  Spend a Little, Get a Lot Part 4 Seller tips for the Salem Oregon Real Estate Market from your friendly Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent to help you get your home sold!!! Improve safety by ensuring that windows and doors can’t slam shut; fixing loose handrail on porches, decks, and stairways; and removing dangerous tools, sharp objects and hazardous materials from the garage. Rent a bank safe deposit box to store cash and small valuables as long as your house is being shown. Consider replacing hinges and springs on the garage door.  They’re relatively inexpensive and improve safety. If you’re three or four months away from marketing your house, consider reseeding the lawn instead of laying sod.  Reseeding takes longer, but is much less expensive than sod. Replacing a cracked and broken walkway with cement stepping stones purchased from a home improvement store is an inexpensive but attractive way to create a new path to the front door. How to avoid the most expensive mistakes that smart people make when selling a home…… Choosing the wrong agent, or choosing them for the wrong reasons. Many homeowners list their home with the agent who tells them the highest price.  Or they list with the agent who works for the biggest company.  You need to choose the agent with the best marketing plan and track record to sell your home.  If you are considering selling your Salem Oregon home, one tip is to Google the names of the Real Estate Agents that you are considering.  Take note of whether or not they show up, and how extensive their web...

Salem Oregon Real Estate-Tips for Selling Your Home-The Kitchen Part 1

Salem Oregon Real Estate-Tips for Selling Your Home-The Kitchen Part 1 So, you are preparing your home to sell.  What are the most important rooms to focus on to attract Salem Oregon Buyers? Here are some tips from your Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent to help you get your home sold!!! The kitchen.  Yep, it’s the room that holds the refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and assorted smaller appliances.  But it’s also the center around which the house revolves – a gathering place, communication center, and a warm and cozy room to receive nourishment.  As such it must be spotless, sparkling and spacious. The kitchen is also one of the most important rooms in the house to potential homebuyers.  As a Salem Oregon Home Seller, you want to be sure that your kitchen is a kitchen that the buyers can imagine themselves coming home to, and cooking in. Homebuyers want to feel they can eat off the floor, or the tops of appliances, even though they would never do it. While massive kitchen remodeling isn’t a good idea when you’re preparing to put your home on the market, replacing old, inefficient appliances may be a good idea.  Not only does this make the kitchen seem updated without a lot of work, but also “new appliances” looks good on the listing. Make sure your garbage disposal is in good working order.  If it doesn’t work properly, have it fixed or replaced.  You don’t have one?  Have one installed.  Many a cook has said that the garbage disposal is the one appliance they must absolutely have in their kitchen! Check your sink, pipes...

Salem Oregon Real Estate-Four Things You Can Try to Qualify for a Bigger Mortgage

Four Things You Can Try to Qualify for a Bigger Mortgage. Say you started the home buying process backwards and started LOOKING at homes before you pre-qualified yourself for a loan.  Now you’ve found that none of the homes in your price range will measure up.  What do you do?  Short of robbing a bank, there are four things you can do to qualify for a bigger mortgage.  Here are a few tips to try when buying a Salem Oregon home from your Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent. 1.  Reduce long-term debt. The first thing that Lenders look at is your income-to-expense ratio.  They compare how much money you have coming in against how much money you have going out every month.  We all know that a dollar will only go so far – and Lenders know this particularly well.  So, if you can pay off car loans, credit cards, or any other obligations against your income, you’ll have more money to spend on a loan – and a Lender will let you borrow more money. 2.  Wait until you get more income. Another way to look at the income-expense ratio is from the income side.  If you have more money coming in, you can borrow more money.  If you’re expecting a raise within the next year, maybe you should wait until that comes through, before asking to borrow money for a new home. 3.  Add someone else to the loan. Another way to demonstrate to a Lender that he will be repaid is by having someone (with a good income and stable job) co-sign on the loan.  This...