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By Linda Secrist & Associates | Agent in Holladay, UT

Top 10 Things Buyers Love

Make it LOVE at first sight, when getting ready to sell your home in Salt Lake, Draper, Sandy, Holladay or South Jordan. Use these tips to find out what you can do to make your buyers fall in LOVE with your home!

1. A Nice Entryway
Wow buyers right of the bat with a stunning entry way.  People don't like stepping from the door right into the living room, so if you don't have one, make one. Cleverly placing furniture in a more unique way will help create the entryway you are looking for.

2. Hardwood Floors
Most will agree that when hunting for floor hardwood is by far a favorite because of its longevity and it will never go out of style.

3. Fab Fixtures
Fixtures are the jewelry of the house. Not only the detail-oriented will stop to inspect faucets and door knobs. Take the time to upgrade those standard developer fixtures with a step above. You will be sure to help the kitchen and bathroom areas shine.

4. Beautiful Baths
Marble counters, whirlpool baths and steam showers up the attractiveness of any bathroom. But if you don't have these luxury items, it may be more practical to address the
[more] unattractive aspects of your existing bath.

"Rip out that big sheet mirror and those globe lights that look like you're in a theater dressing room.
Replace them with an elegant framed mirror (don't be afraid to look outside the bathroom section,
This lighting scheme is also more flattering to the face and making buyers feel pretty will pay off!

5.Countertop Considerations
You've probably heard that granite is the secret to a contemporary kitchen, but that's not necessarily what buyers are after. It's really about the slab,"

So when it comes to slab countertops, granite is the top pick because it's hard, nonporous and easy to care for. But then again, so is Corian, so are composite stone surfaces such as Silestone and, she notes, with the help of today's sophisticated sealants, so are concrete, limestone, soapstone and marble.

Even butcher-block, which is much less expensive than stone, can be a more appealing alternative to tile or laminate countertops.

6.Steel this Idea
Why do buyers go bananas for stainless-steel appliances?  A kitchen with stainless appliances looks like a commercial kitchen. It makes people think that they're great
[more] cooks, but because the finish shows fingerprints, it's not for everyone."

As far as other alternatives go, the designers agree that in general, black fixtures can look dated, while white is okay for a country kitchen. And some people are making appliances blend in beautifully by ordering front panels to match their cabinetry.

7. Preorganized Closets
Just as stainless appliances convince buyers that they are better cooks, closet organizers make buyers believe that they are better homemakers. If your closets are unadorned, don't underestimate the
[more] importance of this easy addition.

8. Light Up

 If your home doesn't get a lot of natural light, consider installing recessed lighting or new sconces, or both, so [more] the buyer won't struggle to figure out how to brighten up the space.

"Lighting is probably the most overlooked, yet the most important aspect of interior decoration. In newer construction, you don't have sufficient lighting. The reality is that everyone needs three types - task, ambient and decorative lighting - which allow you to change the mood of the room."

9. Built in Bonus
Many buyers view built-ins as "free furniture." Well-crafted bookshelves, china cabinets and entertainment units can "make a home stand out
[more] as quality." 

10. Grass is Greener
Are the homebuyers in your area families with young children? If so, they'll be drawn to spaces with a flat, open lawn.


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