Home Seller Tips-MA-What do Buyers want the most (Raynham-Taunton ) MA
PRICE is most important- price must represent value in location, condition and style.. and please don't be offended by my direct approach- Today's buyer needs a home where value exceeds price. Buyers do not care what you paid, they don't care about your sweat equity, and they do not care what you think it's worth, they don't care that you and/or your agents thinks your house is "UNIQUE"..they do not carewhat you neigbhor says it's worth, or what is would cost to rebuild. period.
With all this said, Homes ARE selling! 20% of homes on the market sell fast and for top dollar in the market.
Here's some other things to consider when sellling and some pre-listing tips....
Buyers may look at your home if the price is low, but they will also consider the fix-ups and "shop up" instead of investing 20k. They will spend more on a home that's move in ready.
Curb appeal: Buyers do judge a book by its cover. Your front yard should be nicely landscaped and eye-appealing. Fresh paint or siding outside. Mulch, gardens. Make it look really nice
Be sure you keep your home clean, neat and tidy. Hire a stager if it's in your budget. Staging alone can net you thousands more for your home.
Hardwoods are in! If you got 'em flaunt them. Remove ugly, stained or dated carpet and replace with hardwoods or new carpeting. The best choice is hardwood floors. Ceramic flooring in the kitchens and baths.
Granite or Corian countertops, maple or cherry cabinets, White cabinets have also made a comeback ( not the 80's builders grade). If you have dark oak, dingy or old looking cabinets, you may want to consider painting them white. Orange countertops- OUT!
By the way, buyers hate dark rooms. Brighten up all of your rooms with light neutral wall colors. Paneling is OUT!
Leave your appliances if they are in good working order.. Not leaving them gives buyers the impression that "this seller is like the grinch".. takes the last light bulb. and the buyer may wonder if you'll strip the trim or take the front door.
If you don't want to do any work before placing on the market you may as well just take it off the price.
Small fixes can save you from having to sell below market.
Pet odors, dirty laundry hanging around, yard debris, cigarette or cigar smoke-s freshen it up and deep clean
Unpopular walls or wall colors, holes in walls, shag carpet, dirty carpets, clutter ( especially around where the mechanical systems and electrical systems are located). Broken windows, torn screens.. welll now you're probably getting the picture.
My name is Lori Lincoln, I am a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty. I help buyers and sellers in Taunton, Rehoboth, Swansea, Somerset, Raynham, Assonet, Freetown, Middleboro, Lakeville, Berkley, Dighton and surrounding towns in RI and Mass.
For more help and pointers on selling your home in today's market, go to my website at