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Best of Luck!
(For the out-of-staters who only see the NW weather when it makes the national news, the high temp here yesterday was 69, and the high temp here today was 68.)
All my best,
Condition is a huge factor on why homes don't sell. Walk your home inside and with the eye of a buyer. What chores need to be done? Does the house need painted? Landscaping freshened up? Are the windows clean inside and out? Anything broken? If you can get off one hand with the to-do list, you aren't likely to make the final cut on the buyer's tour. Focus your energies on getting the house ready.
In a buyer's market, your home needs to be unique. What is that one thing that your home has that others don't? If you can't answer that, you need to come up with something that gives your home presence and staying-power in the minds of the buyer (in a good way). You have to stand above the crowd.
Finally, position yourself properly. Don't just look at your neighborhood comps. You aren't really competing for most buyers with your neighbors. Look at your area sale comps, too. The closest comparable sale may be miles away, but they are usually within a page or two of any online site - which is the easiest way to preview the area and find out the best positioning for your home. If in doubt, set up a preview tour with the agent you are considering to list the home, and tour the areas closest comparable active listings. You don't get a second chance at a first impression.
Have a blessed day!
Ronda Allen - Realtor, Life Coach, and Certified Purchasing Manager
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I was working today at a $1.3m+ home that does not have granite in the kitchen. Do I think it may be a hindrance to obtaining a top offer - yes. If the home was in the $250,000 range - probably not as critical.
The power of the right paint color can make your home feel newer and contemporary. The ROI far exceeds the expense. I wouldn't paint a "bright" neutral color - but a warm neutral. Over 40% of paint purchased doesn't meet buyers expectations - it's hard to get the right color from a tiny chip. Get a paint color consultation from a local painter or stager who can provide large samples. The right paint color is the coordinator of your homes appeal!
Craig and Phil have given you some good general ideas, but without seeing your home, neighborhood and competition it's impossible to give you specific and effective recommendations. If you have those cheap brass light fixtures outside your garage and door that's one I can guarantee is worth changing out! Contact a trusted real estate professional and get some specific ideas -- planning ahead is a smart thing to do and makes preparing to sell easy!
Best of Luck
Amerivest Realty of Portland
New Construction Specialist
Accredited Home Staging Specialist
If you're selling within a year, substantial updating is not a good idea. Unless you provide all of your own labor, you will not recoup the cost you put into the job. According to the most recent annual survey by "Remodeling Magazine," even the most cost-effective home projects recoup only about 80% of the their purchase price when the home is resold.
Because your home is less than 10 years old, I am assuming it's in reasonably good condition. Just make sure the home is clean inside and out. The grounds should be well-manicured, fences & gates in good condition, the gutters and roof clean. Re-paint interior walls with bright, neutral colors. Have the carpets professionally cleaned. If flooring has excessive wear, consider replacement. If carpets have damage from a pet or from smoking, replace both the carpet and pad.
Whether you should specifically do granite counters and a/c depends a lot on what you have in your house already, and what condition it's in. If kitchen and baths are in good condition, and of average finish, I wouldn't upgrade. If you need to replace a counter because it has significant damage or wear, you may want to consider granite. The material is very popular these days. It's incredibly attractive, and is easy to install, clean and maintain.
As for a/c, most homes in Oregon City and Clackamas County don't have it. Even most newer homes don't have it. I wouldn't worry about it unless it's a common thing to have in your neighborhood. If you live in an upscale area, where all the other homes have a/c, you should probably consider it. Otherwise, don't worry about it. Even with all the heat we've been having this summer, most people don't think about running their a/c but about 5-10 days per year.
I have a list with additional tips that I can e-mail you, but it's too long to provide the whole list here. Please contact me by e-mail or phone if you want me to send you the list.
Best of Luck,
AC is desirable, but not a deal killer as long as the HVAC system is capable of allowing the owner to add AC. I'd get an estimate for that work, just in case.
Generally speaking, having not seen your home, kitchen and bathroom upgrades return the most on investment.
Still, what is the condition of your home? It's only 8 years old, so hopefully the exterior paint is fine. Interior paint: Is it all or mostly all one color (or one color with a trim color)? That helps sell. Homes with strong, different colors in each room are harder to market.
How is the carpet? Might be worth putting in new carpet. Even less expensive NEW carpet looks great.
How are the gutters? Get them clean while it is dry outside.
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A/C units will not hinder a sale except if you have hot water heat. I would put the money into the kitchen.