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September
27

Staging Tips for Your Home

Staging Tips

When selling your home, staging is a valuable way to make your home more attractive to potential buyers and help you obtain the highest possible price.

Our real estate agents encourage you to use staging techniques that showcase your home's strengths. Whether you're selling your house in Corvallis or Albany, the same rules apply and work to impress potential buyers. Here are some tips to help you with the staging process.

  • Remove Clutter and Furniture
    Go through your entire home and remove items that are overly personal, part of a collection, or out of season. Next, survey the remaining items for a second round of decluttering. Pack most of your small kitchen appliances away to help your counters look larger. Remove half of your furniture in each room to maximize the space of the room. While it might seem like a lot of furniture will showcase the room's size, it will actually make the space look cramped and small. Remove enough clothing from your closets to ensure there's space between each item. This makes your closet look larger and more organized. 
  • See That Every Room Has a Distinct Purpose
    Every room and space in your home should have a specific purpose; this will help homebuyers better envision themselves living in your home. Spare bedrooms can function as a guest room or home office. Turn an unused space in your garage or attic into a home workout area. Add a dining table or sectional to your deck so that buyers have an idea of how they can use your home's outside areas. 
  • Use Mirrors to Help Your Home Look Larger
    A mirror works as a neutral statement piece in nearly any room; adding the mirror will also reflect more light, helping the room appear brighter and larger. Any room in your home can benefit from this tip! You can even use a collection of small mirrors or reflective artwork if you want a more contemporary look for your home. 
  • Revamp Your Shelves
    Prior to listing your home, make sure that your bookshelves aren't stuffed to the brim with books. Instead, remove enough books from each shelf so that you have space to add a small vase or decorative item. This will help break up the bookcase so that it doesn't appear overly cluttered. The room as a whole will also appear more welcoming and inviting. 
  • Update Your Kitchen
    Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home, and it's smart to spend a little time making sure that it looks its best. If your cabinets are old and dated, consider painting them or replacing the cabinet doors and hardware. Make sure that every kitchen surface, including the inside of appliances, is gleaming. See that your kitchen has ample lighting and uses bulbs with a high wattage. More lighting is an easy way to help your kitchen look bright and inviting. 
  • Greet Buyers with an Inviting Front Entryway
    When staging, don't forget your interior and exterior entryways. For your front porch, add a new doormat and a few flower planters to ensure your home makes a stellar first impression. In your front entryway, set up a vase of fresh flowers to greet buyers and help your home smell welcoming.

Staging is an effective way to sell your home faster and potentially for more money. Ready to list your home for sale? Contact us to get started. 

September
20

How to Keep Your Yard Looking Its Best This Fall

Fall Landscaping

Thanks to rainy fall days and falling autumn leaves, it's important to remain vigilant about your lawn care during the upcoming months. Otherwise, you risk the high precipitation levels and leaves permanently damaging your lawn. Here in the Willamette Valley, fall weather brings its fair share of landscaping challenges. Whether you live in Corvallis or Albany, you're probably all too familiar with what this season can do to your yard. 

The good news is, with a few simple steps, you can keep your yard well-maintained during this season!

Our real estate agents encourage you to consider completing the following tasks to keep your yard healthy and green through the autumn months. 

  • Keep Mowing Your Lawn
    Though your grass will likely grow slower during the fall months, make mowing a part of your weekly lawn care regimen until your lawn stops growing. During your last mowing session of the season, mow the grass about half an inch high to prevent mold caused by snow and winter precipitation. When it's time to stop mowing, spend a couple of hours on lawnmower maintenance, like sharpening the blades, changing the oil, and completing any repairs, so it's ready when spring rolls around. 
  • Water Your Lawn as Needed
    Keep an eye on your lawn during the autumn months to see if it needs watering. If your lawn doesn't get an inch or more of moisture per week, make time for a quick watering session. 
  • Regularly Rake Your Leaves
    It's important to make sure that you regularly rake throughout the fall months. When leaves stay on your lawn for an extended period, they can cause excessive moisture that leads to fungi.
  • Aerate Your Lawn
    Aerating your lawn will remove soil plugs so that your soil isn't as compact; this makes it easier for nutrients to reach your grass. Fall aeration ensures that your grass is ready to grow during the spring months. 
  • Fertilize Your Lawn
    Fall is the best time for you to fertilize your lawn. Your lawn will get the nutrients it needs to survive the winter months, and when spring arrives, the nutrients will help strengthen your grass. Apply a nitrogen-rich fertilizer throughout your lawn. 
  • Seed Your Lawn as Needed
    If your lawn has bare patches from the summer heat or wear and tear from your kids and pets, reseed these bare spots with a grass blend that's suited to your lawn's needs. A quick-growing grass blend can help you fill in these bare areas before winter arrives. 
  • Prune Your Plants and Bushes
    Remove dead branches and old flowers from your plants and bushes. This will help keep them healthy and encourage them to produce even more blooms next year. Pruning also helps your garden look tidy during the winter months when your plants aren't blooming. 

Spending time working on your yard will ensure that your gardens and grass look their best during the fall and winter months. Want to upgrade to a home with more outdoor space? Contact us to get started!

September
12

Fall Events in the Willamette Valley

Willamette Valley Fall

There's so much to look forward to this fall around the Willamette Valley, including a busy schedule of special events for every interest. Whether you're in the mood to hunt for antique treasures, meet up with auto enthusiasts, or enjoy a classic community festival, there's an event coming up with your name on it. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop.

  • Welcome Fall Event at Maple Market – 36417 Airport Dr., Lebanon, OR 97355
    You might already be familiar with the folks from Maple Market for their upcycled furniture and home décor. They'll be holding the Welcome Fall Event at Maple Market on September 23, 2022, from 5:00-8:00 PM at their shop in Lebanon. The event will feature a fall-themed basket giveaway, along with complimentary snacks and drinks for guests. Stop by to check out all of the great fall décor at the shop, meet the people who produce it, and shop for unique handmade items.

  • The Great Junk Hunt – 2330 17th St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
    Consistently ranked as one of the best flea markets in the country, The Great Junk Hunt is a two-day event on October 24-25, 2022, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. Why is this market so highly rated? Start with the two large buildings packed with antiques, collectibles, vintage items, handmade crafts, and treasures of all types. Enjoy a delicious selection of seasonal cocktails along with live music while you hunt for treasures. Want the best chance of grabbing a real treasure? For a slightly higher admission price, you can get in hours early and start shopping hours before the crowds arrive.

  • Corvallis Fall Festival – 650 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333
    The Corvallis Fall Festival is a fun, family-friendly annual event held in Corvallis at the scenic Central Park. This festival puts a spotlight on artists and artisans from all around the Pacific Northwest. There will be more than 180 booths featuring arts and crafts from around the region, perfect for getting an early start on your holiday shopping. You will also get to enjoy live music, plenty of great food, a young artist's marketplace, the Saturday night street dance, and an art discovery zone for the kids. This year's Corvallis Fall Festival takes place on September 24 & 25, 2022.

  • October Cars and Coffee – 1260 Price Rd. SE, Albany, OR 97322
    Arranged by the Willamette VDub Club, October Cars and Coffee is an opportunity for Volkswagen owners from around the Willamette Valley to come together and celebrate their favorite cars. If you have a Volkswagen of any year, model, size, or style, you're welcome to join this event, which will be held in Albany on October 15, 2022.

  • Albany Tennis/Pickleball Club Octoberfest – 1423 27th Ave. SW, Albany, OR 97321
    Looking for a place to flex your pickleball skills? The Albany Tennis/Pickleball Club Octoberfest event is a round-robin pickleball tournament with an exciting playoff finale to award gold, silver, and bronze medals. This weekend-long competition will be taking place on October 14-16, 2022. It's open to all pickleball players aged 12+, and registration is required in order to participate.
  • The Great Pumpkin Run – 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis, OR 97333
    Support a great cause and have fun in the process when you participate in The Great Pumpkin Run, which will be held at the Benton County Fairgrounds on October 8, 2022. There will be 5K and 10K runs in the morning, as well as a fun obstacle course event for kids. There's also a costume contest for participants of all ages. This event supports the Home Life organization, which assists community members with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Is buying or selling a home at the top of your to-do list this fall? Let us help you accomplish your real estate goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Willamette Valley communities.

September
6

Plan Ahead for These Willamette Valley Winery Events

Winery Events

Local wineries are gearing up for a packed schedule of special events near Albany, Corvallis, and throughout the Willamette Valley this fall, with something to suit every taste. Sample some of the best wine that the Willamette Valley has to offer while you enjoy fun activities like rooftop yoga, live music, comedy shows, and even salsa dancing classes. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on 6 events from local wineries to look forward to this fall.

  • Yoga Retreat at the Independence Hotel – 15 C St., Independence, OR 97351
    Take a retreat from the daily grind without traveling far from Independence homes for sale when you sign up for the all-inclusive Yoga Retreat at the Independence Hotel, which starts on September 9, 2022. This event features kayaking, yoga by the river, rooftop yoga, cycling, and food and drink from the excellent Territory Restaurant. Also included in the package will be a trip to Adante Vineyard, where you'll sample some excellent wine and have a scenic yoga session.

  • Emerson Vineyards Summer Music Series – 11665 Airlie Rd., Monmouth, OR 97361
    The Emerson Vineyards Summer Music Series may be winding down for the year, but there's still one more great concert to enjoy before the calendar flips to fall. The final concert of this year's series will be a performance from the Fionnghal Celtic Trio. Enjoy it in a beautiful vineyard setting around the corner from Monmouth homes for sale on September 9, 2022, at 6:00 PM.

  • Swing & Standards at Ankeny Vineyard – 2565 Riverside Rd., South Salem, OR 97306
    In the mood for an old-school musical performance? Swing & Standards at Ankeny Vineyard will be a lovely afternoon performance on November 13, 2022. Enjoy live music from the Swing & Standards jazz band in a fantastic setting with even better wine from Ankeny Vineyard.

  • Salsa & Salsa at Cubanisimo Vineyards – 1754 Best Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304
    Learn some new dance moves from acclaimed instructor Jason LaFontaine while you sample the latest vintages with Salsa & Salsa at Cubanisimo Vineyards near Salem homes for sale. There will also be complimentary chips and salsa provided by local businesses. This event is a fundraiser for the Women at the Well Grace House and takes place on September 25, 2022.

  • The Winery Comedy Tour – 1754 Best Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304
    Another fun event at Cubanisimo Vineyards will be The Winery Comedy Tour, with dates on Friday nights once per month from September through December. These shows are part of a nationwide comedy tour featuring top touring comics, and there will be new comics to see each month. Of course, you will also get to sample some of the distinctive wines from Cubanisimo Vineyards while you laugh the night away.

  • Wine Club Pickup Party at Airlie Winery – 15305 Dunn Forest Rd., Monmouth, OR 97361
    Are you part of the wine club at Airlie Winery? Then you'll want to mark September 17, 2022, on your calendar for the Wine Club Pickup Party at Airlie Winery. This event will feature live music, a pig roast, and of course, some outstanding wine from Airlie Winery. All of your wine from your club membership will be packed up for you to take home after you enjoy the party with other wine club members and guests.

Searching for a home close to your favorite Willamette Valley winery? Our team is here to help you find the perfect match. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Willamette Valley communities.

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