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David Thigpen, Home Seller in Raleigh, NC

What items about a property make the biggest difference in drawing buyer interest?

Asked by David Thigpen, Raleigh, NC Sun Jul 28, 2013

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Right now , what upgrades are in a home seem to make a large difference. The current market seems to crave an updated kitchen ( granite counter tops, SS appliances, tile back splashes), hardwood flooring vs. carpet; and spacious master bedrooms with private baths. Unfortunately, some of these conditions can never be matched. Having the home look as clean and clutter free would be important to you and also being able to convey all the good things about where the home is located community wise.
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Outdoor entertainment, updated kitchen, hardwood floors are the top three I see home owners looking for
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Condition of the property, the pictures on the web, whether reports are done.

Upgrades done, lot size, how well is it priced.

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One of the most important items that attract buyer's is The lack of Clutter.
Start de- cluttering one year prior to listing your home, store unused holiday items in clear plastic containers and clean out the excess, rent a storage locker if you need to.
The second thing is to clean and dust away cobwebs, especially around the front door and entry ways.
Sweep the leaves and keep walk ways clear of debris.
Contact me for my free list of items to sell a home faster.
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I agree that having a move-in ready property can attract buyers as well as adds a lot of value to the house. At the same time, the number of rooms is also as important.

So if you're looking into having some home improvements made to your property, talk to a general contractor and ask about home additions. Imagine having a bigger living space or garage space. Building an addition increases its value and makes you feel like you're in an entirely new home.
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David- You have to get them inside, so start with the curb appeal! Power wash the driveway and house and make sure there are no signs of exterior repairs that need to be done. Trim landscaping and get fresh mulch.
Next, you can do some things that will not cost much and will make the home feel newer and updated. If your home is older and has all gold light fixtures,door knobs and plumbing changing them out is an inexpensive fix with high return!
Your home should be free of clutter. Remember, you are moving so start packing up. You will want your valuables stored safely away because a lot of people will be going through your home. Take a look at model homes-they usually have just minimal decor that helps the space look so much bigger. Speaking of spaces looking bigger-get those closets cleaned out!
The lot and location of a home are very important, but if you are competing with others in your same area then you must make your home feel like a new one that needs very little work!
Hope that helps- Louise
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The "total package" should be in the best possible condition. "Move-in Ready!
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All of the things mentioned below are true. If you're looking to sell and wondering what you can do or change to make the biggest different to a buyer I would say it depends on the price point.

If you're selling to first time home buyers, they want something that's move-in ready. On re-sales, they like a clean home that shows it has been taken care of. Leaving the appliances (refrigerator, washer & dryer) goes a long way as well. If the house is more than a couple years old, plan on providing a home warranty. Many first time homebuyers only have enough to get into the house but, not enough to add window blinds and such after the fact. Also, they may need closing cost. Keeping the house unclutters and lightly decorated is nice too.

Move-up buyers may have more money to do things after the fact but, are often more selective. They have owned a home and know what they did and didn't like. Unless they're good at makeovers and have the time, they generally want a home that shows it has been well-maintained. These people may have families to tend to and even if they have the funds and skills to do improvements, may not have the time. It is a little more varied for them. They usually want things that are higher grade than your basics that you find in a first time homebuyer price and home. This may include wood floors instead of laminate, granite, stainless steel appliances, absolutely no brass fixtures, decent carpeting if there is carpet. tile floors and backsplash and nice yards amoung other things.

The luxury home buyer can vary. Because they can afford what they want, they are somewhat selective if time and inventory allows. They can usually build what they want if they can't find it. Location, great Floor Plan, and schools are important and they're often willing to pay more for those things. They often want the three plus car garage, top of the line appliances, wood floors throughout, and lifestyle living. By that I mean nice backyards with nice patios, and possibly fire pits or swimming pools. They may even want to live on the golf course or water. If you're selling to the luxury market, they want the house to be in top condition.

Those things only touch on some of a buyer's wants. It's very important you have a Realtor who represents your best interest, and directs you in what to do to sell your house. Not every home is the same. We're skilled at "making lemonade out of lemons" or to put it more plainly, helping you overcome potential objections before you ever list your home. If your Realtor has a great strategy, you'll get a better price and sell quicker than by going any other way.

I hope this is helpful. If you're selling, I'd love to meet with you to discuss the best way to get your home sold and help you negotiate on your new home.
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First is PRICE.
Then, they look at PRICE.
Lastly, they look at PRICE!

If the PRICE isn't in their ballpark, they will never get to the Granite Countertop.
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Master suite.
Floor plan

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You have probably heard that the top 3 factors in real estate are location, location, and location, and that truly is the #1 for any property. If you are preparing your home to sell, most Buyers who will consider your location are then likely to pay particular attention to the kitchen and master bedroom in my experience. Depending on your price range, a modern kitchen generally appeals if it has granite counters and stainless appliances. Ceramic tile and hardwood floors are usually a plus too.

After those two rooms it may be any of a number of things that a Buyer will want or need in their home. Room for the kids, a home office, a yard (for kids, dogs, garden, etc), low maintenance, high ceilings/natural light. Whatever you have to offer, you will do best to prepare the house for sale if it looks ready for the front cover photo of a home magazine, so repair, declutter, depersonalize, deodorize and generally clean the house so it shows as well as possible.

If you need more detailed assistance or contacts for staging, repairs, etc. you can call me at 919-960-6332.
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Oh and as a seller, landscaping, updated kitchen, and most of all Price. Consider yourself in a Beauty and Price competition with your neighbors
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Neighborhood. schools, and amenities... Don't buy a home because its a good deal. Buy a home for a good price, that you can sell for a profit later. Happy to help
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