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In a difficult Real Estate market like the one we are experiencing now, some homes will just languish on the market because the seller doesn't know how to make their home appealing to the buyers. Therefore the buyers will have more choices. The information below has become imperative to you - in attracting the attention of the real buyers - and holding that attention until they choose your home. Please take extra care to make your house as appealing as possible to buyers.
How much should you spend?
In preparing your home for the market, you want to get the biggest bang for your buck possible. Buyers might be impressed by that new roof that you spent a small fortune on, but they wont even notice it if the front yard is hopelessly overgrown and a shutter is hanging askew, and they arent going to pay a higher price simply because your house has a new roof. Polishes and touch ups are what you want, not extensive and costly renovations. As experienced Real Estate Brokers, we understand buyer expectations in Hawaii, and we can advise you specifically on which improvements need to be made and which improvements will get you the highest return on your investment. We can also recommend the best professionals to help you get those improvements done.
Maximizing your houses exterior and curb appeal
As the old adage goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Nowhere is this more true than with home sales. Strong curb appeal can go a long way toward making up for other shortcomings. And dont forget the backyard, too. A well-manicured front yard and a neglected back yard will make buyers wonder where else you are cutting corners. To enhance your houses exterior and curb appeal, check the following and repair as necessary:
- Have the lawn edged, cut short and watered, and make arrangements to have this done again as often as needed to keep the yard looking loved while the house is on the market
- The same goes for trimming the hedges, weeding the lawn, weeding the flowerbeds and pruning the trees in front of the house AND behind
- Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling
- Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint - And the Front Door, Front Porch and entrance should be especially clean and freshly painted
- Clean and align gutters
- Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles
- Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking
- Consider Re-sealing a faded or cracked asphalt driveway
- Close your garage door and keep it closed
- Remove boats, RVs and unused cars from the property
Maximizing your houses interior
Now that you have made a favorable impression on potential buyers with your beautiful curb appeal, dont disappoint with the interior. A few simple touches and polishes will again translate into favorable impressions and higher offers. To enhance your houses interior, check the following and make changes as indicated:
- Thoroughly clean every room in every nook and cranny, and REMOVE ALL CLUTTER, including excess childrens toys. Keep only a few family photos and memento's.
- Make arrangements to have a professional cleaning service come in every 1-2 weeks while the house is on the market
- Items you rarely use, but intend to keep, should be packed up and moved offsite.
- Mend cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic and basement
- Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint and tiles
- Consider painting dingy, soiled or strongly colored walls with a neutral shade of paint, such as beige or off-white. Paint the ceiling and trim white for a sharp and clean contrast. Neutral colors make rooms appear larger and help prospective buyers picture their own belongings in your house. The same strategy should be applied to floor coverings that you replace.
- Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings and other woodwork
- Inspect and repair your plumbing, heating, cooling and alarm systems
- Repair dripping faucets and showers
- Buy and display showy, new towels in the bathroom(s) and kitchen
- If your kitchen needs major updating, give it a lift with new cabinet doors, hardware, new curtains and/or a coat of neutral paint.
Bonus Tip #1:
The fewer belongings in your house and garage, the larger your space will look. Consider renting off-site storage for extra belongings while your house is on the market. Remember, buyers will also ask to see your garage. Stuffing the garage to the rafters will only give buyers the impression that the house is too small for the average family.
Bonus Tip #2:
Hold your moving sale BEFORE you put your house on the market.
Bonus Tip #3:
Many home shows on TV are dedicated to getting homes ready for sale. One favorite is HGTVs Designed To Sell. Check out a couple of these informative and entertaining programs.
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