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.
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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.
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
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.
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.