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SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-HOMES FOR SALE. SELLERS, LIGHTS PLEASE!!

SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE-HOMES FOR SALE. SELLERS, LIGHTS PLEASE!!

Helpful tips on getting your home sold from your Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent.

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Lights, please??  You may be asking what your Salem Oregon Real Estate Agent is talking about with this article of  our Seller, Get Top Dollar Tips.  Everyone has lights in their house, obviously-but is your lighting helping or hurting the sale of your home?

Quick example of the importance of lighting:

Professor Von Helsing approaches the house with trepidation – the lone light is from the moon and even that scarcely illuminates the entry way.  He wonders what horrors are hidden in the shadows…

A potential buyer for Count Dracula’s castle might also question what is tucked in the dark corners and hallways of the eerie abode.

Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, and old Hollywood horror-movie directors understood the impact proper lighting has on a situation.  A multitude of horrible, dirty, dangerous, unsightly, disgusting surprises can be lurking about, waiting for the most opportune time to make their presence known.

But while Von Helsing overcame his fears and entered the castle despite them, potential homebuyers may not make it past the unlit foyer, no matter how attractive it is.  If buyers can’t SEE it, they can’t love it.  Even worse, they can fear the unseen (and quite possibly insignificant) qualities, and become uneasy in a home that may be just perfect for them.

Lighting can be a relatively inexpensive but effective way to highlight the positive qualities of your home or downplay areas that are less attractive.

The most desirable and inexpensive lighting is natural sunlight.  The easiest way to capitalize on this natural resource is to show your home during the daytime when the sun is shining brightly, throwing open blinds or shades, de-cluttering windowsills, and washing panes to allow light inside.  This is also a good time to move Aunt Gerties’s antique walnut wardrobe away from the window.  To do its job, light needs to enter a room unhindered.

Unless your window overlooks a neighbor’s collection of rusting cars or a grimy, graffiti-ridden wall of the building next door, it’s good to keep curtains open when showing your home.  It makes the room look bigger and more inviting. If the view is less than attractive, hang sheer curtains over the window that will allow some light in while subtly distracting the buyer’s attention from the unsightly scene.

If the house is dark with few or very narrow windows, take heart.  A trip to your local home improvement store can lighten things up quickly.  Even naturally lit houses can benefit from the addition of appropriate electric lighting.

Begin by slowly walking through your house, taking special care to flip all switches and look at each light fixture and lamp.  Are there burnt-out bulbs that need to be replaced?  Keep a list of all the size bulbs you need to purchase.

In part 2 of Sellers-Lights Please, we will discuss in more detail how to get the best lighting for your home.  Until then, remember, lights are for the living!!

For more tips on getting your home sold visit the rest of this series:

Sellers Top Dollar Series

Thinking of selling your home, or just want to know what it might sell for in the current market?  Call me direct at 503-931-1846.

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OCTOBER IS FIRE PREVENTION MONTH-SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE WANTS TO KNOW-DO YOU HAVE AN ESCAPE PLAN??

OCTOBER IS FIRE PREVENTION MONTH-SALEM OREGON REAL ESTATE  WANTS TO KNOW-DO YOU HAVE AN ESCAPE PLAN??

October is Fire Prevention Month and a good time to ask the question, “Do you have an escape plan?” That is, a plan to get out of your home safely if a fire breaks out?

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), only about one in four of us has taken the time to draw a home escape plan and practice it. That means a lot of us are in danger of doing the wrong thing, with possible tragic results.

In addition to not being prepared, many of us are also misinformed! For example, in a recent survey the NFPA learned that one-third of us think we’d have at least six minutes before a home fire became life-threatening, but the available time is often much less. And only eight percent said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to – get out!

Are your smoke alarms working?  Now is a great time to change your batteries.

Speaking of smoke alarms, the survey also found that in one out of every five homes equipped with at least one smoke alarm, not a single one was working. Do you recall when you last tested or changed your smoke alarm batteries?

And while many of us think of our kitchens as the “heart” of our homes, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and injuries, and unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires.

The NFPA and I want this month – and every month – to be a safe one for you and those you love, so please visit http://www.nfpa.org/ for a wealth of safety information, fire prevention tips, and resources.

Let’s not forget our brave firefighters!!
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