A recent article from Realty Times outlined the three biggest turn-ons for today’s homebuyer:
- Curb Appeal
With these three things in mind, how can you maximize your home’s potential appeal in a competitive market? Here’s some tips and ideas to get you started.
Curb appeal is essential, it’s your home’s first impression on a potential buyer. Take a walk outside and look at your home through buyer’s eyes. Are there obvious repairs that need made? Is paint peel or chipping in places? Does the home present a well-cared for look? Pay attention to the details. The drive-by showing is one of the first showings your home will have, so what can you do to make your home look it’s best? Some quick first steps include:
- Sweep the driveway, walkways and porch
- Clean up the yard and gardens so that everything is look fresh and well-maintained
- Add some attractive flowers or arrangements to your porch
If you’re like me, you like a checklist of items to look for when assessing your home’s curb appeal. If you need some new ideas or inspiration, Realtor.com has a number of great tips for getting your curb appeal updated and looking its best.
Once you have tempted potential buyers into viewing the inside of your home, you want them to be able to immediately see themselves living in your home. One of the top reasons people move is a need for more space, so having too much clutter or personal items on display can be a big turn-off. Make sure homebuyers can see all the features of your home by pre-packing away clutter and depersonalizing. Read more about the dangers of too much clutter on homebuyer’s impressions in Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make: 5 Biggest Turn-Offs to Homebuyers.
Presenting a home that is well-maintained and updated can have a huge impact on getting the offer from the potential buyer. Make sure your home is ready to sell by using this checklist from RE/MAX’s “Fit to Sell” series on updates and repairs. Depending on your home’s age and condition, you might want to consider having your home inspected before you put your house on the market and here’s why. Getting your home ready for inspection is an important step in turning your family home into a model home. You don’t have to do everything, but even the little updates can help impress buyers. The details will be up close and personal as families view your home, so invest in updating even the smallest details like slimey soaps and worn bathtowels. You will create a better impression on homebuyers and you can take these new things with you to your new home!
Check out my page Is Your Home Ready to Sell for more ideas on getting your home ready for market.
To read the full Realty Times article on the Three Biggest Turn-Ons for Homebuyers click here.