Selling your home? Here are five “extra” things, three of which you can do that you might not have thought of. And two factors you have no control over, but that you (or your agent) could highlight in your marketing:
1. Your “staged” front porch, patio, or deck
A park bench on the front porch evokes a sense of community. A bistro set on the patio or balcony makes buyers dream of sipping morning lattes or afternoon margaritas while enjoying the fresh air. If you have any outdoor space, it pays to show it off. Even if you don’t have any outdoor furniture, a nice potted plant can call attention to it.
2. Your wide-open windows
The more sunlight in your home the better. Yes, it will run up your air conditioning bill when you take down the curtains and leave the blinds open. But buyers will see your home as being light, bright, and spacious, instead of dark and cave-like.
3. Your organized storage space
Many buyers are looking for a larger home. They have lots of stuff to put in it, too. So if you have extra closets, shelving, nooks and crannies, pantries, or built-ins in the garage, get them organized. Consider adding closet organizers, racks, and shelving to show that things don’t have to stay in cardboard boxes, but can be organized and tidy.
4. Your nearby Costco, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, or farmer’s market
Buyers can mentally picture walking or biking to one of their favorite food or coffee places, without having to drive 15 minutes or more. They will probably drive anyway; but they love the idea of living nearby.
5. Your neighborhood Walk Score
If your home is close to shopping, transit, cycling or walking trails, parks, or even better, a neighborhood coffee shop, that’s something to mention in your marketing materials. Buyers can even search for neighborhoods by Walk Score. But if your neighborhood doesn’t get high ratings for walkability, there may be other features that offset it, like a more rural setting. After all, the highest scoring city in the US (in 2012) was … New York.
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