Vicki Moore Pacifica Realtor
It’s a fact that how your home looks from the curb will either repel or compel buyers. So, once you’ve got that out of the way, what else entices home buyers to decide to make an offer on a home?
It’s a combination of things, really. But, overall, emotions rule the day. Appeal to someone’s emotions and they may just return the love.
Let’s take a look at some easy fixes you can perform that will ensure that once those buyers step foot in your home, they won’t want to leave.
1. What happens when they open the front door?
When the buyer’s agent unlocks the front door and his or her clients step through, what do they see? Hopefully, it’s an entryway – something that allows a transition from the outdoors to the living spaces.
If your home lacks such a feature, you can create one pretty easily with a simple entryway coat rack/shoe bench – a place to drop your keys and shoes. Depending on the size of the area, this could mean merely adding a rug or runner or placing a console table, hutch or other piece of furniture in the area to define it. You can find 13 Small Entryway Decorating Ideas That Make a Big First Impression at My Domaine.com.
2. Those little extras can make all the difference in the perception of your home
Door knobs, drawer and cabinet hardware, faucets and even light fixture covers may not seem like a big deal, but they all go into making a room feel put together. Update them and you’ll have buyers loving what they see. They’ll notice that you did take care of the small things – that everything about the home is important to you, even if it’s a small detail.
And the bonus is that these fixes are inexpensive. Sure, you can spend a couple hundred dollars on a new faucet, but you don’t need to. Home improvement stores carry many attractive models, in a variety of finishes, for less than $100.
Then, coordinate that finish with new cabinetry hardware to pull the room together. These can be as inexpensive as a few dollars each and are guaranteed to delight buyers.
Think simple, designs in common finishes. They’ll appeal to the most home buyers.
3. The bathroom is the new kitchen
In the minds of homebuyers, bathrooms are a close second in importance to kitchens. They’re looking closely at the fixtures, colors and finishes. Go neutral to appeal to the highest number of buyers.
Look at listings of homes for sale online and you’ll find photos of bathrooms full of kids’ toys, toiletries covering the countertops, ratty shower curtains, stained toilets and dirty bathtubs. There’s even a Facebook group where you can see the worst of the worst. That’s one place you don’t want to find your house.
The best way to tackle a nasty bathroom is to remove everything visible. This means chucking all those toiletries, the blow dryer and curling iron, towels, rugs and shower curtain into a box and removing them from the bathroom. Look, I know that’s a pain. But you want the most money possible for your house, right?
Replace that old shower curtain and definitely pick up some coordinating rugs and towels. They don’t need to be expensive. Ross is a great place to get a few new things at a low cost. Neatly store the toiletries and appliances out of sight. “Neatly” is the operative word because homebuyers do take a peek into drawers and cupboards to get an idea of how much storage a room has. Buyers are trying to imagine themselves in your house so make it easy on them by cleaning up the personal stuff and getting it out of the way.
Then, follow the above advice about replacing the hardware on the cupboards and drawers and purchasing a new faucet for the sink. If the tub is visible through the door or curtain, consider buying a matching faucet and shower head as well. Personally I love the rain shower heads. They’re a lot of bang for your buck. They leave a big impression at a very low cost.
Getting homebuyers to fall in love with your home is the best way to get the most money you can for it. Appeal to their emotions by freshening up the most popular rooms.