Every seller hopes for a quick sale. Often though, homes remain on the market for months before being sold.
We look at some potential changes that could speed up the sale of your home by making your property more attractive to buyers,” says CEO of Greeff Christie’s International Real Estate, Mike Greeff.
“When putting your home on the market, it is important to make it as attractive as possible to buyers. Accentuate the best features and give it a sprucing up. Remember, while sellers are looking for the complete package in a property, it is often the case that a single feature of your home is enough to sway a potential buyer to make an offer to buy.”
Greeff provides 5 features to make your home more attractive:
1. Fix your flooring
While carpets feel great and may have once perfectly matched your curtains and cupboards, the truth is that not everybody will appreciate them. When selling your home, the best course of action would be to remove the old carpets and have hardwood flooring installed. It is a great investment and will undoubtedly increase the appeal of your home. Hardwood flooring is not only elegant, but is also easy to clean and easy on buyers that have allergies to dust. Wooden flooring also offers a more contemporary look and feel than carpeting.
2. The kitchen is the heart of the home
Having an updated kitchen will definitely increase the appeal of your home. Good quality counters are an excellent investment, while just changing the doors of your cabinetry gives the look and feel of a brand new kitchen. An eat-in kitchen is a wonderful idea and is a space that many buyers are looking for. An eat-in kitchen is also the perfect space for dinner with friends or breakfast with the family.
3. Energy efficiency
These simple additions to the home make a world of difference to a potential buyer. Energy- and resource-efficient fittings and fixtures not only reflect your care for the environment, but also provide savings in the long run. Buyers appreciate a home that has a low carbon footprint and will save on their spending via the water and electricity bills.
4. Outside entertainment areas
Having outdoor entertainment areas gives buyers a sneak preview of the kind of lifestyle they could expect when buying the property. If they are entertainers already, will the property add to or detract from their lifestyle?
Patio areas or braai areas are no longer seen as add-on areas, but rather as extensions of the living spaces of the home and as such deserve the same attention to detail as the interior spaces of the home. Quality patio furniture and décor lasts longer and looks better while a well-constructed braai area can be appreciated for years to come.
5. A laundry room
This is an often underestimated and overlooked selling point of a home, and is an increasingly sought-after room in the home. The added convenience that it provides is a strong selling point and is a huge advantage during the wet months.
There are numerous ways to make your home more appealing to would-be buyers, often though, the simplest solutions offer the best results.
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