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How to Make Your Home More Attractive To Buyers

By Guest Author | January 10, 2014
  • Buyer confidence is back and the real estate hot season is nearly here. If you want to sell your home quickly, you need to add more value to your home and stand apart from other sellers.

    Below are 5 ways to make your home more attractive to buyers.

    New sod

    Everyone knows the importance of curb appeal, but to stand out, you need to do more than cut the grass and trim the hedges. New sod can make a huge difference in first impressions of your home. New grass can set the tone for the rest of the home showing. A bright green, well-manicured lawn can make all the difference and lets prospective buyers quickly know the home has been well taken care of.

    Hispanic family outside home with for sale sign
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    Pressure wash

    Don’t just stop with new sod; bring new life to your driveway and sidewalk by pressure washing. This is a relatively inexpensive way to bring old, dark concrete back to life. Bright green grass and bleach white concrete makes your curb appeal amazing! If your driveway has potholes or cracks, an asphalt paving service may be needed to make it look more appealing.

    Update fixtures

    Updated fixtures give the inside of your home an upgraded feel. Update ceiling fans and lights, doorknobs, cabinet hardware and faucets. This combination of upgrades adds perceived value to your home and gives you desirable features to advertise. Try to pick a consistent theme for all fixtures. For example, nickel fixtures throughout. This ties everything together and adds a welcomed level of cohesiveness.

    Paint

    Exterior

    If your home’s exterior paint is faded or chipping off, you should have an exterior home painting done before you list it for sale. Leaving it as is could entice buyers to undervalue your property. If the home looks bad on the outside, many buyers will not want to view the inside. Exterior paint in poor shape can make the pictures of your home look bad as well, which could influence buyers to lose interest.

    Interior

    A fresh coat of paint on all the walls in all your rooms can really make your home more inviting and easy to show. Be sure to pick neutral colors like light brown and keep the colors consistent throughout the home.

    Flooring

    Hardwoods and new carpet can sway buyers from one home to another. It can also add more value to your home, enabling you to sell for more money. Buyers are attracted to homes with upgraded flooring and can influence their interest in your favor. Hardwoods are a popular choice for living rooms, foyers and kitchens. Tile is great to use in bathrooms and carpet is recommended for bedrooms. If your carpet is still in good shape, get it professionally cleaned before you list the home.
    Many of these tips involve spending money, but if it adds additional value to your home and aides in a quick sale, it’s well worth it!

    Michael Roden is with Beech Wood Homes  the largest developer of residential housing on Long Island and one of the largest developers of residential two-family homes in New York.

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