Has your house been on the market for years and still not sold? Perhaps the potential buyers offer too little or walk away disinterested after a tour. Can’t figure out why? You may surprised at a few subtle factors that make a huge difference in the perceived value of your home.
The first things buyers see when they drive up to your house are the yard and the outside face of the home. If your grass has yellow patches, weeds, or bare spots and the flower beds are empty or overgrown, the house immediately loses appeal. A lot of people, possibly including you, are intimidated by the chore of refreshing a yard. But have no fear. Take a long look at your yard and see where it needs attention. If your flowerbeds are dank, plant a few bright annuals to cheer them up and place a thin layer of wood chips over the soil. Prune any overgrown bushes or trees. These simple measures will brighten up your house. If the paint on the exterior of your house is chipped or peeling, repaint. Replace broken gutters and light fixtures. Although these actions may seem like a heavy undertaking, your investment will pay off when your house attracts buyers.
Kitchen and BathroomThe two most value-diagnostic rooms in any home are the kitchen and the bathroom. People use these spaces daily and typically use them on a schedule. Cleanliness is essential. If your tiling, linoleum, or cabinet spaces are in need of replacement or a makeover, do it. Well organized, well lit kitchen and bathroom spaces are a top priority for buyers. If they cannot picture themselves enjoying cooking a batch of cookies or brushing their teeth in the house, they will not look twice before they move on. Kitchen and bathroom renovations also run about a 90 percent return on your investment, so kick out the power tools, or call a contractor, and get to work.
Oftentimes buyers are looking for mainstream interior decoration. A heavily stylized living room in bright orange, black, and red may appeal to you, but chances are that very few of the buyers on the market would like it. They would see it as a project that they need to repaint and deduct it from their offer. With that in mind, if you have a heavily styled room in your house, take some time to repaint it in colors that will appeal to a larger pool of people. This increases your chances of impressing a buyer.
PetsAs much as you love your dog Fido, he is not welcome in your potential buyer’s family. They do not want to smell him or see evidence of his occupancy of the house. Take care to scour your home and remove stains, scratches, hair, and whatever else your dear pet has dragged into the house. Clean your carpets thoroughly and make sure Fido is in the back yard for the duration of time that your house is on the market.
Take a close look at the improvements your house needs.Chances are that you missed something the first time you put it on the market, and that is why it isn’t selling. With a few tweaks, your house can look and feel like a place that someone else will want to live.