After several years of diligently saving money, I’m nearly ready to purchase my first home. Because I’ve been thinking about buying a home for so long, I know exactly what I want my house to look like. I desire a place that has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. I also need a quiet space to set up my home office in. I want a massive, walk-in closet in my master bedroom. My master bathroom needs to have double vanities, a tiled, walk-in shower, and a Jacuzzi tub. On this blog, I hope you will discover how to set priorities during your new home search. Enjoy!
There are many upgrades you can do to boost the value of your home and draw in potential homebuyers. Of course, sometimes, the problem isn't generating interest, it's keeping it. There are several reasons a potential buyer may decide to pass on your house, but preventing this doesn't always mean spending thousands on remodeling. There are many inexpensive fixes you can do that will keep homebuyers interested
Give Your Yard a Manicured-Look
Your front yard is the first impression your home gives to potential homebuyers, so make sure it looks neat and clean. Just because you don't have a fancy layout with ornate shrubs and trees doesn't mean you need to add any. Trim any trees and bushes you do have, mow your lawn and edge it to give it a tidy appearance. Pull or kill any weeds you have, and if possible, plant some colorful annual flowers near the walkway. The color will help make your yard pop. Make sure to do the same thing to your backyard too.
Create a Welcoming Entryway
The entryway is the next area homebuyers tend to examine, so make it something that makes people want to enter the home. A dirty and dingy entryway won't make anyone excited about seeing what's inside your home. It can also create a terrible first impression that can stick with the homebuyer as they examine the rest of the house. Clean any dirt, scuffs, debris, etc. from the walls and door within the entry way. If there's any garbage or plant debris lying around, clean it up. Add a new welcome mat and repair any broken doorbells, knockers or lights.
Replace Burnt Lightbulbs
Your porchlight isn't the only lightbulb you want to change before showing your home. You should check every lightbulb in your home, and replace any burnt lightbulbs. No, people aren't going to see a lightbulb and think, "I have to have this home because of that lightbulb," but people tend to prefer homes with light, so you want to make sure your home has enough of it. If you have a lot of burnt out bulbs, the buyer may simply think there isn't enough lighting fixtures in the house, which may deter them. Not enough lighting makes it difficult to see, so you can't show off the good aspects of your home as well.
Repair Damaged Windows
Another feature in your home that adds light are windows, so potential homebuyers may be drawn to your windows to examine them closely. If you have scuffs or scratches on the windowsill or trim, make necessary repairs. Make sure all your windows have non-damaged window screens to go with them. Lastly, give your windows some flair with nice blinds or curtains.
Freshen Up Your Kitchen and Bathroom
The two rooms that homebuyers closely inspect are the kitchen and master bathroom, so you need to make sure yours look their best. You don't have to tear out what you have and replace it with something new. You just need to spruce it up by giving it a fresh coat of neutral paint. You can also reface your cabinets, which gives them a fresh new look without the expensive cost of total replacement. Make sure to change the knobs and handles too. Last, replace your faucets with shiny new ones, and fix any drips.
There are a lot of little things that can make a potential homebuyer pass on your house, but these five tips can help you keep their interest. For more information regarding selling your home and attracting homebuyers, contact a real estate agent in your area today.