NH Real Estate Sellers
Want to Sell Your Home For Top Dollar?
There are many ways to enhance a home’s attractiveness. If you’re looking to sell your home in this real estate market, read on for some tips on how to generate interest and get the best price possible.
1. Differentiate From the Neighbors
In order to attract attention consider custom designs or additions, such as landscaping, high-grade windows or a new roof. This can help improve the home’s aesthetics, while adding value to the home. Any improvements should be practical and use neutral colors and designs that will appeal to the widest audience. In addition, they should complement the home and its other amenities, such as building a deck or patio adjacent to an outdoor swimming pool.
If you’re going to invest in home improvements, do your research and be sure to put your money into the things that are likely to get you the best return. In addition, if you have added any custom features that you think buyers will be interested in, make sure they are included in the home’s listing information.
2. Clean the Clutter
It is imperative to remove all clutter from the home before showing it to potential buyers because buyers need to be able to picture themselves in the space. This might include removing some furniture to make rooms look bigger, and putting away family photographs and personal items.
3. Sweeten the Deal
Another way to make the home and deal more attractive to buyers is to offer things or terms that might sweeten the pot. For example, offer the buyer a couple of thousand dollars credit toward closing costs, or offer to pay closing costs entirely will in some cases receive more attention from house hunters looking at similar homes.
Finally, it’s important to note that some buyers are motivated by the option to close in a short amount of time. If it is possible for you to close on the home within 30 to 60 days, this may set your deal apart and get you a contract.
4. Improve Curb Appeal
Sellers often overlook the importance of their home’s curb appeal. The first thing a buyer sees is a home’s exterior appearance and the way it fits into the surrounding neighborhood. Try to make certain that the exterior has a fresh coat of paint, and that the bushes and lawn are well manicured.
5. Get Your Home in “Move In” Condition
Aesthetics are important, but it’s also important that doors, appliances, electrical and plumbing fixtures be in compliance with current building codes and in working order. Again, the idea is to have the home in move-in condition and to give potential buyers the impression that they will be able to move right in and start enjoying their new home, rather than having to spend time and money fixing it up.
6. Pricing It Right
Regardless of how well you renovate and stage your home, it is still important to price the home appropriately. Consult me for a comparative market analysis to see what we can likely ask for your house.
It’s not always imperative to be the lowest priced home on the block. However, it is important that the listing price is not out of line with other comparable homes in the market. Have friends, neighbors and real estate professionals tour the home and weigh in.
The Bottom Line
Selling your home fast requires a little extra work. Do everything you can to get the home in shape and be prepared to possibly make small concessions. These tips, coupled with an attractive price, will increase the odds of getting your home sold.
How To Improve Your Home Value
1: The Kitchen Is Still King
A “modern/updated kitchen” still tops the list of ideal home features. If you plan to sell, don’t rip your kitchen down to the studs; a smaller investment can have serious impact. For a smaller investment, you should be able to add some new appliances, as well as a new countertop and flooring, resulting in a fresh look. Try applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls or cabinets, and updating the hardware, these small changes can add big returns in value to your home.
2: Make Floor Plans Work Harder
Bigger isn’t necessarily better, but increasing the amount of living space is sure to boost home value. An “open floor plan with flexible living space” will certainly give you that added value.
Finishing a basement is the most common way to add usable square footage to a home. Attic conversions are another option. Many buyers will envision the additional living spaces as a dedicated office, guest bedroom, exercise room or a play space for young children.
3: Don’t Let Your Home Be an Energy Hog
Lowering your energy costs with strategic improvements will save you money for as long as you live there and is expected to be a major selling point down the line.
Take a look at your water heater, choosing high efficiency windows, LED lighting, and using/converting to gas to heat.
4: Keep It Simple and Stress-Free
Update systems: Maintain records of all maintenance and service to home systems In addition to including the age of the system. This assures potential buyers of the reliability of systems within the home.
New roof: This helps to alleviate fears of water damage, ice dams, animal infestation, and other home disasters that can result from an old, shoddy roof.
Hardwood floors: More carpets are being replaced with long-wearing hardwood floors, with a durable factory finish. Wood flooring tends to cost less for upkeep and keeps a clean look for longer. Why replace carpets when you can increase value with replacing carpets with a nice hardwood floor.
6: Paint Is Still a Potent Upgrade
Paint can’t freshen up any room in the house and also helps defend its surfaces from wear, tear, and the elements. If you’re getting ready to sell, don’t blow thousands having every square inch repainted. Instead, focus on high-traffic areas, including the kitchen and bathrooms. Neutral color scheme. Whites and off-whites remain the top-selling interior colors and will appeal to most homebuyers.
7: Remember the Great Outdoors
Adding a deck or patio, with room for seating and a built-in or freestanding grill, is a way to create a defined space for outdoor living.Trimming overgrown shrubs and making minor repairs to the façade, including painting the front door, can also deliver quick results.