How To Make Your Home More Appealing To Buyers

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How To Make Your Home More Appealing To Buyers

It’s the time of year that I’m frequently meeting with homeowners who are considering selling this spring. Each meeting varies with questions that come up with the exception of one and that’s always what can I do to make my home more appealing to buyers? Every seller understandably wants to know how to make their home standout and make buyers want to make an offer.

 

home exterior

 

There’s nothing I love more than when a seller takes the time to follow my advice doing the items that really make their home shine. Inventory is low in our area but, that doesn’t mean proper preparation isn’t imperative and the little details make a big difference. When your home makes the right first impression on buyers it will sell faster and for more money.

 

Donate and Purge

De-cluttering your home is something every seller has to do. You want your home to look spacious and organized; less is more. Buyers are easily distracted and having a bunch of items on your kitchen counters, bathroom vanities, in the shower, closet’s, under the bed and anywhere else you can think of that detracts from your home. Think about a model home as you go through each room in your house. You may even need to consider a storage unit – the garage and basement are not to be used for storage when selling your home. Every area needs to be ready to greet buyers and make the right first impression.

 

Keep It Neutral

Paint is the most common way to personalize a home but, when it comes time to sell personalized isn’t what you are going for. You want to appeal to as many buyers as possible and the best way to do that is neutral walls. Neutral doesn’t mean white, in fact you should stay away from white because it will make your home feel cold and uninviting. Stick to beige or gray tones.

 

kitchen interior

 

It’s The Little Things

When I mentioned above that the little details make a big difference I am talking something as small as a loose doorknob or kitchen cabinet handle or even just a burned out lightbulb. Every home has minor items that can easily be corrected and those little items add up in the eyes of a buyer. Go through each room and look for imperfections, pretend you’re a buyer walking through your home.

 

 

living room interior

 

Curb Appeal

Buyers see the exterior of your home first. I have a lot of buyer clients who drive by a home before contacting me for a tour. If they don’t like what they see from the exterior many never ask to see the interior. Pull the weeds, clean up any loose leaves, put some mulch down, and make sure the bushes don’t need trimming. Look at your front door, that’s where buyers are going to enter first. Does it need to be cleaned, painted, or replaced? Look at the gutters and roof to be sure they’re in show-ready shape as well. If you see shingles lifting or the gutters are loose have a qualified roofer in to repair them.

 

Select an agent with a proven successful track record and they will be able to go through your home with you and give you advice that’s custom to what your home needs. They have a trained eye on what to look for and recommend. Properly preparing your home to go on the market can’t be done overnight, it takes planning ahead and working closely with your agent. Allowing ample time to have your home show ready always pays off in the form of a faster sale for more money.

 

Additional Home Selling Information

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Prepare Your Home For Sale On A Budget 

 

 

 

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Amanda Davidson

Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group

Broker - Owner
Licensed in VA and DC

5680 King Centre Drive #600
Alexandria, VA 22315

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Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Amanda S. Davidson - Congratulations on the feature post! It's packed with excellent tips and great consumer advice too!

You are someone people can count on. Buyers and Sellers are always in excellent hands when they hire you. 

Feb 16, 2019 04:38 PM #39
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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Fantastic tips - thank you for sharing!

 

Feb 17, 2019 06:25 AM #40
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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Good morning, Amanda S. Davidson great post and happy it was featured.... just saw this on a reblog from Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl (Jean Marie)...

Feb 17, 2019 06:42 AM #41
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

John Wiley it's always so nice when sellers listen and it definitely pays off!

Feb 17, 2019 07:42 AM #42
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debe Maxwell, CRS thank you! It makes such a difference when sellers select the right agent and then implement their advice. Enjoy your Sunday!

Feb 17, 2019 07:43 AM #43
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Jay Markanich that's definitely personalized. A hoof coat rack?! YIKES! I can't say I blame your client on the fear of nightmares. 

Feb 17, 2019 07:46 AM #44
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Jane Peters I agree, they have to make it through the front door first. Thank you for your comment. 

Feb 17, 2019 07:47 AM #45
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP thank you so much!

Feb 17, 2019 07:47 AM #46
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl thank you!

Feb 17, 2019 07:48 AM #47
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Barbara Todaro thank you! I hope you have a great Sunday. 

Feb 17, 2019 07:48 AM #48
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Laura Cerrano
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I really don’t understand how people can be some neglectful of the small things like this, but they all make complete sense

Feb 17, 2019 11:14 PM #49
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Richard Weeks
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Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope 2019 is a great year for you.

Feb 18, 2019 04:46 AM #50
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
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I found your post, thanks to the re-blog button. 

My favorite sentence is this: "Neutral doesn't mean white!" There are some who will disagree with me, but I'd much prefer a grey or a beige than white. All the other tips are spot on, as well. Fix those pesky little problems before it detracts from your bottom line.

Feb 18, 2019 01:21 PM #51
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty you and me both. White leaves a house feeling cold and that's not a good feeling for buyers to have. Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have an excellent week!

Feb 18, 2019 02:15 PM #52
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Joyce Marsh
JOYCE MARSH REAL ESTATE COMPANY - Daytona Beach, FL
Million Dollar Guild, Luxury, CLHMS, CNE, SRES

It’s always refreshing when sellers follow our advice and properly prepare their home for the market. It makes selling a much more pleasant experience. 

Feb 24, 2019 02:38 AM #53
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Amanda. This is terrific and I like the specifics. Donate and purge indeed.

Feb 24, 2019 05:40 AM #54
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Joyce Marsh, Luxury Market Specialist it sure does. I love seeing how happy they are with the result of their attention to detail getting their home ready for sale.

Feb 24, 2019 07:53 AM #55
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Sheila Anderson good morning! Thank you for your kind comment. Donating and purging feels so good, I find myself doing it regularly. 

Feb 24, 2019 07:53 AM #56
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Gordon Crawford
Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team - Morristown, NJ
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I couldn’t agree with you more Amanda! People recognize all the details and if there are things that you have overlooked they pick up on it. Preparing the property for market is critical to the successs of the sale.

Mar 15, 2019 05:17 AM #57
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Gordon Crawford thank you for your comment! It's a lot of work but, it sure pays off when it comes to buyers wanting to make an offer. 

Mar 15, 2019 11:23 AM #58
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