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4 Inexpensive Ways to Make Your Home More Attractive to Buyers

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:56

When you’re going to list your home for sale, it’s important that you do everything you can to ensure that it doesn’t stay on the market for too long. A property that stays listed for a very long time will begin to attract buyers who want to buy it cheaply from a frustrated owner, and more people will begin to get the impression that it has been on the market so long because there is something wrong with it.

In order to avoid that, here are some ways you can make your home more attractive and get it sold much more quickly:

1. Clean Things Up

Cleaner things are more attractive so if the interior or exterior of your home is not as clean as it can be, that should be your first port of call. Pay some attention to the landscaping and call in a professional if you have to. That way, buyers who visit will have a good first impression and will be more likely to view the home in good light than if they were crunching on leaves and twigs all over your overgrown lawn as they came in. Remember to remove odors from smoking or pets too.

2. Spruce up the Kitchen and Bathrooms

Those two areas are favorites among potential buyers looking to see if a home has been kept in good condition. The logic is that since a living room will likely be kept in top-notch condition for visitors, it’s best to check places like the kitchen that are usually restricted to family members in order to get a true picture. Simply cleaning those areas thoroughly and replacing broken fixtures will go a long way in improving how they look. Even though you’re focusing on those areas, be sure to spend some time on every other area in the home so you don’t get blindsided if they decide to take an unusual tour.

3. Energy Efficiency

Many buyers now come into a home with their minds not just on how it looks but also on how much it will cost them to maintain, and the energy bill is usually a big chunk of that. Invest some money in getting low-energy light fixtures, a thermostat and Residential Window Replacement to fix in energy efficient windows. Those fixes, small as they might seem, will make your home stand out in the minds of buyers, especially if they are environmentally conscious ones.

4. Price it Right

The cost of buying a new home is a huge investment for most people, and there’s a whole industry surrounding it. This means that buyers will have access to market data about your neighbourhood and houses similar to yours when there are considering what your house is worth. In trying to make your house more attractive to them and get it sold quickly, be sure to price it reasonably, though that doesn’t mean you should allow yourself to be cheated. Just keep in mind that every month you don’t sell it is another month that you’ll have to make payments and continue to maintain it.

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Martina Angel

Martina Angel is a writer and real estate agent. She is especially interested in the purchase, ownership, management, rental and sale of real estate for profit. She also volunteers for local water conservation charities in her free time.

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