Get a Better Offer for Your Home
If you are planning to sell your home, there are some things you can do which can help you get better offers from potential buyers. While it is important to have an approximation of your home’s value to establish a good list price, there are key ways that have been proven over time to help add value to a home when it comes to potential buyers. Any one of the suggestions below could be used to help increase the selling price of your property. As a seller you can take advantage of these ideas to help make your home stand out and bring in a better offer.
First impressions make lasting impressions. From the MLS photos that people will view, to the first in-person look a potential buyer gets, you want to make a big impact on the positive. You can do this through curb appeal. Go beyond keeping the lawn mowed and bushes trimmed. Freshen up your front yard landscaping with colorful plants and flowers. A clean, freshly painted front door and porch will help your home feel welcoming and lively. A small planter with flowers, or a couple of chairs will also make your home more welcoming. If you have old light fixtures, or a lack of them, consider installing new ones; solar lights are a great option to save money and appeal to many potential buyers for this eco-friendly upgrade.
Speaking of upgrades, there are certain ones that pay off more than others. Energy efficiency upgrades not only help you save money while still in your home, they are often at the top of the list of amenities that home buyers are looking for. Proper insulation is another big upgrade worth the investment. It is important to insulate any attic or crawl spaces to keep your home energy efficient, no matter the climate you live in. Remodeling Magazine recently released their annual Cost vs. Sale Report, and the number one upgrade was attic insulation, which can bring in up to a 116% return on your investment.
Regardless of the square footage of your home, if you create an illusion of bigger space, your home will be more attractive. Cleaning out shelves, closets and cupboards will help them appear bigger. When potential buyers see a hall closet with just a few coats, they will equate the space as being on the larger size, and able to accommodate their own. Neutral wall colors also help viewers imagine what they would like to see in a room. With bright and bold colors, there is a greater chance that viewers may not see beyond what they don’t like. This is easily remedied with neutral tones on your walls and trim.
If you feel overwhelmed by preparing your home for potential viewers, there is another option which has been shown to make a difference. According to the National Association of Realtors®, professional home staging has been known to increase sale prices by up to 20%. This is a big plus that could be worth the cost. A professional home stager knows what it takes to turn a home into something more; they know how to draw viewers in and see the potential in a space. This is especially helpful if you have already moved out of your home. Empty homes take longer to sell than staged ones.
When you are ready to sell your home, I am here to help with all of your real estate needs. If you’re looking for a warm and engaging professional to help you with the purchase or sale of your home, contact me today at 407-234-5313 or by email: Jeff@JeffRoyle.com.