Homes hardly sell themselves, even if they have amenities that buyers are looking for. It takes a good real estate agent to make a sale, but amazing features certainly help. In fact, some realtors talk to the sellers about upgrading certain features in the home to make a better sale. Need to upgrade a home before it hits the market? These are five areas to consider when it is time to push a sale.
1. Exterior Home Style
The style of the home you are trying to sell makes a huge difference in the way potential buyers perceive it. Architecturally, people often have a specific style in mind when they go out to purchase a home. The most popular style is the Spanish home, which tends to spend less time than average on the market. Spanish style is characterized by a stucco exterior, clay roofing tiles, and occasionally exposed beams. Arched walkways and wrought-iron are also common features.
Traditional styles are also popular. These homes offer modern interpretations of historic themes in addition to formal living spaces, like dining rooms, and fireplaces. These homes tend to have front porches and old-fashioned American charm typical of a suburb.
2. A Fantastic View
Obviously, there is only so much you can do about the view of the home. Cityscapes offer the best advantage for sellers and agents, so playing up features like balconies and big windows is a good idea. Don’t have any of these features? This may be the time to consider adding them. Even if the view is not as spectacular as a distant skyscraper or the sparkling sea, buyers will appreciate a deck. Investing in bigger windows? It’s a good time to consider those that are geared toward energy efficiency.
If the home you’re trying to sell has granite countertops, you may be in luck. Laminate and wood countertops just don’t appeal to buyers in the same way marble and granite do. The more modern the room appears, the more compelling it is a selling piece.
Investing in an upgrade is a great idea if the rest of the kitchen is already up to par. Custom-made cabinets can be pricey, but if they change the entire look of the kitchen, it may very well work in your favor.
Essentially, you must consider what you are going to put into the kitchen as well as how much you are going to be getting out of it. Don’t have the time or funds to change the counters? You can still make other changes to the kitchen, like changing cabinet door knobs.
4. High-Quality Appliances
Stainless steel appliances are here to stay, at least in some retail markets. What’s more important than the color of the appliances is the age. Newer appliances are much more likely to meet Energy Star standards, for example. A buyer who knows that he or she will save money with the appliances is a happy one. Additionally, buyers want to know that they are not going to be forced to change out appliances right away.
Most buyers do not consider homes more than 2,000 square feet in size, simply because homes larger than this tend to be more expensive. Plus, larger homes tend to come with more upkeep that a lot of people just do not want to deal with. If you are trying to sell a home with more square footage than is desirable, playing up the open space is a great idea.
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