For Buyers and Sellers
Getting Your Home Ready to Sell
Oregon First Realtors
When considering remodeling, make sure you understand the limits of the return on your investment. Most projects aren’t going to pay for themselves unless you’re simply bringing the property up to buyer expectations, or doing repairs the buyer’s lender is likely to require. Your Oregon First Realtor® can help you decide which projects are likely to be demanded by the market, given the price you’re seeking.
Also, be sure to use licensed, bonded and insured contractors and pull all necessary permits. You may be surprised how many weekend projects require a permit. If it involves plumbing or electrical, even simple things like installing a ceiling fan or GFI, a permit is almost always required.
Check out the Oregon Construction Contractors Board consumer website. They have some useful information like a search function that allows you to verify your contractor is licensed and see their enforcement history, if any.
Another useful site is PermitsProtect.info. You can look up whether
you need a permit, how to get one, green building tax credits that are available to you, etc.
Laws are changing all the time. One of the main objectives of the continuing education classes we offer our agents almost every day of the week (including three hour Saturday classes) is to keep our agents up to date on those changes.
Three recent changes you may not be aware of have to do with smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and woodstove certification. Below are links to pamphlets explaining seller obligations.
From the Office of the State Fire Marshall
From the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
There are other ways you can get on the wrong side of the law — not knowing the Federal requirements regarding lead based paint disclosure and notification, not understanding your obligations to conduct well water testing, not complying with State requirements for abandoned underground tanks (oil or septic), etc. This is why it’s so important to have an Oregon First agent on your side. Educating yourself is great, but you can never have as much of the knowledge that’s vital in your specific situation as someone who does this for a living.
Once you’ve made sure you’re complying with the law, and completed any remodeling you and your Oregon First agent feel is necessary, it’s time for the final touches. We’ve made a few suggestions below to get you started — but, as always, be sure to talk with your Oregon First agent about the best ways to show off your home’s unique advantages.
Your Oregon First agent can help you with more specific advice, particularly about what repairs are likely to be demanded by buyers and/or required by their lenders. If you’re not yet working with an agent, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us your situation and we can match you with just the right agent!