A Simple Mineral can help Sell Your Home?

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Can A Simple Mineral Sell Your Home?

Though times and tastes have changed in what can help sell a piece of real estate, one of the current hot items is granite countertops. These countertops give your home a modern, updated feel and will often speak volumes to an interested buyer that you have put time and effort into updating your home. This, more than many other things you can do to a property, can increase a potential buyer's likelihood to purchase your piece of real estate.

Though updating and renovating your home may not make sense in a hot seller's market, for those that are trying to sell a property in a bit of a buyer's market, simple steps can make a world of difference in setting your home apart from all the others. Setting yourself apart is really the core tenet of selling a home and anything you can do to achieve that should be pursued vigorously.

While you may not be able to do much about improving the location of your home, you can do much to improve the way your home shows to a prospective buyer and that is where things like granite countertops can make a difference. Interested buyers often pay special attention to a home's kitchen as it is the nerve center of most homes.

Give yourself every advantage. If you know that a kitchen is something that will motivate a potential buyer to go through with the purchase, spend extra time and money renovating that area. Spend the most energy on what will ultimately benefit you most and if you have the funds to do so, granite countertops can help you accomplish that goal.

Is a granite countertop the only thing that can help you sell your home quicker? Of course not. The key here is to keep in mind that you should walk through your home as a potential buyer would. For every bullet point on your home that makes a buyer want to purchase it, there is probably a negative on the list that might make them think twice. Eliminating as many of these negative bullet points as possible will help you sell your home much quicker.

When a typical buyer hears the words "new granite countertops," they will immediately put that on the pro side for your property. For a seller that hears the words "new granite countertops," they will probably first think of the cost involved. This can be true for any home upgrade and sometimes investing in your home can pay off through a quicker sale or slightly higher sale price.

Granite countertops especially have come down in price over time and there is certainly no harm in getting an estimate on your property. However, if that kind of upgrade is out of your price range, perhaps think about taking a fresh coat of paint to the kitchen. Maybe your cabinets could use a little work or updating. Maybe the flooring in your kitchen could use a few touch ups.

No matter what you ultimately determine about the state of your home, there are always ways to improve it. Remember, in a buyer's market you are in direct competition with every other home on the market. To get the quickest sale possible, do more than the home down the street. It's that simple.

Sure, granite countertops can be one way to make a big splash with your home, greatly increasing its sale value. However, don't remain limited to big-ticket items like that. Every home has a few things here or there that can be improved and while there might be obvious ones like new countertops or new cabinets, never underestimate the value of a little paint.

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Comments (4)

Roger Stensland
Keller Williams Realty Puget Sound - Maple Valley, WA
Let's Move!

Granite may help sell your home faster, but not necessarily for more or much more money.  Usually not the cost of the material and installation, but if you need to move the house fast, granite and some other key upgrades can certainly help.  Different markets have different demands so consult your local Realtor® to what is moving in your market.

Apr 28, 2013 05:57 AM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

True. I like that you picked on granite a little. It's "the thing" to do. But I also like that you didn't necessarily say it would increase value. It's about money and it's about selling at all, to begin with. You may sit on the market longer or worse, never sell, if the house isn't #1 on the list to someone at some point. And I like that you said never underestimate a little paint. It's not all about the granite or even all about the kitchen. Whatever the house needs to sell, do it. When you can....

Apr 28, 2013 05:58 AM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I have had several resale buyers who have replaced laminate with granite.  The cost has dropped dramatically in the past 10-15 years when builders started offering it as an expensive upgrade.

Even moderate priced new homes often include granite here.

Apr 28, 2013 05:59 AM
David Lee Morton
David Morton Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate Broker, Owner, RealtorĀ®, Credit Guru

Thanks for reading my post and yes upfitting goes a long way!

Apr 28, 2013 06:04 AM