For some homeowners this spring, the ‘for sale’ sign will be posted in the yard in hopes that a bidding war will break out. But even if you won’t be selling your home this season, you may want to tuck away these 6 Smart Ideas for Fetching Top Dollar For Your Home.
Since I have bought and sold a handful of homes, I have personally learned plenty of helpful ideas along the way.
But you need not take my word for it! After all, different regions of the country call for different strategies. However, these ideas hail from the results of recent national marketing research from Zillow.
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6 Smart Ideas for Fetching Top Dollar For Your Home
1. Make it Airy & Light
Obviously, you’ll want to clean as thoroughly as possible so your home looks the best it possibly can. Here is more detailed info on decluttering to prepare for an open house, and for a guide to cleaning your home thoroughly, see these ideas.
You’ll also want to open blinds and window coverings to allow in as much natural light as possible.
2. Write a Stellar Listing Description
It is important to be strategic about your home is described in the listing. For example, it turns out that listings which mention “spa-inspired bathroom features or entertainer-friendly kitchen amenities” sell for a higher price than expected (see this analysis). When a study examined the listing descriptions of 4 million properties which sold in 2016, certain features mentioned within the description positively influenced sales significantly.
Features to emphasize in the listing to increase chances of fetching top dollar?
Theater Room/Media Room, Craftsman style architecture, Modern farmhouse style, Chef’s Kitchen, Professional Appliances, Farmhouse Sink, Prep Sink, Pizza Oven, Wine Frig, Carrara Marble, Shed or Garage studio, Outdoor fireplace, Outdoor Kitchen, Pet shower, Carrara Marble, Freestanding Tub, Pet shower, Steam shower, Coffered Ceiling, Meditation Room, Herringbone floors, Heated floors, and Solar panels.
3. List at the Optimal Time
When should you place your home on the market?
Spring is the best time to list!
The last two weeks of the month of April will be the best time to list if you live near San Francisco, New York or Chicago.
Live near LA? Then the last two weeks of May are ideal for pulling the trigger.
For other cities in the USA, the first two weeks of May are the safest bet for listing and receiving top dollar, In fact, this report concluded that listings during May 1-15 sell almost two weeks faster, nationwide.
4. Take Time to Prep the Entry
Buyers want to be shown clearly that there is a designated place in the entry to place mail, keys, coats, etc. Make sure your entry area is clarified but not cluttered!
5. De-personalize So Buyers Can Picture Themselves Living There
Make sure to remove personal items so that buyers are able to imagine living happily within your home. Specific personal items to remove include family photos, cluttered shelves, and refrigerator magnet decor.
6. Consider 12 Features Buyers Pay More For
Theater Room/Media Room
According to the aforementioned study of millions of listings, on average, buyers will offer 19% more for a home with a theater or media room. Do you have a space in your home designated as a media room? Could you configure a theater room and add a few recliners?
Modern Farmhouse & Craftsman Style
Modern Farmhouse Finds!
Farmhouse Style Design Elements
Kitchen Design Elements
Chef’s Kitchen, Professional Appliances, Farmhouse Sink, Prep Sink
Pizza Oven, Wine Frig, Carrara Marble
Shed or Garage Studio
Outdoor Fireplace & Kitchen
Desirable Bathroom Design Features
Also, don’t forget to have WHITE towels in the bath rather than other colors.
Have one? Buyers may pay 21% more!
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Meditation rooms are especially desirable in Southern California…wouldn’t this look rather meditative?
Heated Floors & Solar Panels
According to the report, buyers may pay 21% more for the feature of solar panels.
How About a Sharp Bench to Improve Curb Appeal?
Hope these ideas inspired you!
Peace to you right where you are.
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