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Preparing your Home for the Real Estate Market

Preparing your Home for the Real Estate Market

Preparing your Home for the Real Estate Market
So, after all the wonderful times you've had and all the life you've lived in your home, it's finally time to start letting it go. You've begun boxing your things, you've looked at neighborhoods you think you'd like better (or can afford better), and you're starting to seriously speculate on what someone else might pay to live in the space you've loved so dearly.

So, after all the wonderful times you've had and all the life you've lived in your home, it's finally time to start letting it go. You've begun boxing your things, you've looked at neighborhoods you think you'd like better (or can afford better), and you're starting to seriously speculate on what someone else might pay to live in the space you've loved so dearly. The thing is, if you want your home to sell for its maximum value, you need to completely erase all evidence of the life you've lived there-- for the new owners, it must be a clean slate, a glittering tower of open possibilities. That's what they're paying for. So how do you get your home to the point where someone else can see a new life under its ceilings?

Face Up to the Damage

While you're living there, you can shrug and say "The grease fire wasn't that bad, you can barely see the scorch marks." That's you. The prospective buyer is going to take one look at the area around your stove and move along to the next open house. It's frustrating to open your eyes to all the minor mistakes that can accumulate into obvious home damage, but if you want a clean, full-value sale, you've got to. See it with the buyer's eyes. Smell it with the buyer's nose. You might've had fun last summer when you had the whole neighborhood over for a backyard barbeque, but the smell of steak and hot dogs that sunk into the walls when you accidently left the window open is going to translate into a lower offer from a buyer. That might not seem fair, but it's true. Luckily, there are many different sorts of services available from restoration companies that start with the little things like odor removal and move all the way up to the serious stuff, like figuring out how to make your bathroom floor flat and even after water damage has warped it into a funhouse mirror of linoleum.

Put Money Into Upgrades, Get More Money Back From a Buyer

For most people getting ready to sell their home, the most irritating thing is the fact that this is the perfect time to make it nicer than it was when you were living in it full time. Why now to put in that bay window, why now to replace the corroded faucets with shiny new ones? If it was good enough for you, shouldn't it be good enough for them? It can be, sure. But you're cheating yourself out of a tidy profit if you don't choose to remodel before putting your home on the real estate market. The fact is that every dime you put into upgrading your home at this juncture, every dime you put into making it clean and beautiful and perfect, is a quarter that you can reasonably ask a prospective buyer to pay for it. If you can let go of the inherent frustration behind making nice something you won't even have for much longer, you can start moving your house into a better sales position.

Be sure to look for a remodeling company with an A+ ranking from the Better Business Bureau, like Willamette Restoration Services Inc. in Oregon, since it takes not only a strong reputation in the community but a tremendous amount of technical competence to achieve and maintain that ranking. If you try doing these upgrades yourself, you might save money, but if you end up doing them wrong, you'll reduce your home's value. To maintain your investment-to-profit ratio, choose a reputable professional; Willamette Restoration Services can be reached at (971) 252-3003 today.

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