I was showing houses to a client the other day. This is a buyer's market as we have heard so there are literally hundreds of homes for sale in her price range. Based on most of her specific requested items and through the use of the internet (pictures really help weed out the undesirable) we basically narrowed it down to 30 homes. Over a period of three trips we ventured out to personally view the top picks.
She had a couple of subdivision that she had friends living in already so we really wanted to explore those neighborhoods. Some of these were typical tract home developments. In these, many of the homes can look the same. So, what makes one home look better than the other? If you are the seller, what do you do to make YOUR home stand out?
Decorating of course is important and we have seen many instances where a nicely decorated home will sell it. She is also very interested in the yard. One home she is interested in has a patio and fountain in the back yard. It is absolutely beautiful - she referred to it as the Sanctuary.
Another item that she commented on over and over again was the use - or lack thereof of molding. Some homes had crown at the ceiling, but dinky molding along the floor. Crown molding and wider baseboards give the home a more finished look. Often times in tract homes, the builders will use small baseboards, no crown at the ceiling and no molding around the windows. I had a client a couple of years ago that was totally focused on crown molding. She bought a house without it, and had a contractor install molding and new hardwood floors before she would move in.
If you are trying to sell your home in a buyer's market and want your home to have a little edge on the others in the neighborhood, try installing some additional molding - especially in the living room and master bedroom. It will give YOUR home a little better appeal and could be what makes the sale.