You've heard it before: Kitchens sell houses. But if you're about to do a full remodel in the hopes of selling yours, think again. If you opt for a full kitchen renovation just before selling, statistics show you’ll only recoup 84% of the costs. So instead of enduring the dust, drama, and cost of a complete overhaul, give your kitchen a minor facelift for a fraction of the cost. Upgrade your old appliances to energy efficient models, reface your cabinet doors, and replace the hardware. These small changes will give your old kitchen a like-new appearance that will help it sell.
Buyers are looking for their new home, not their next DIY project. A house that needs too much work might not receive any offers at all, even with a lower price. That's not to say that a house must be in perfect condition to sell, but costly fixes such as a sagging roof or leaky plumbing should take priority. Once the big problems are resolved, it’s amazing what a good cleaning, a fresh coat of paint, and adequate lighting can do to put a house in the best light.
In some instances the first offer may be the best, but don’t count on it. That's doubly true if you live in hot market where quality listings spur multiple offers. Under different circumstances, budget-conscious buyers may want to test the seller’s willingness to negotiate. If you’re presented with a low-ball offer, make a counter offer just shy of the original asking price to begin reasonable negotiations to determine the level of buyer interest
A common real estate myth is that open houses are an effective way to sell homes. Not true. According to the National Association of Realtors, only 2% of homes are sold as a result of this marketing method. The real truth is that open houses are a great way for realtors to secure new clients, which has a lot to do with their popularity.
Correctly pricing a home is important if you’re a serious seller. Thanks to listing information available on the internet, todays buyers know if a home is overpriced and will pass on your property if it isn’t in sync with comparable homes. A house that sits on the market past the critical 3- to 4-week mark risks stigmatization and guarantees frustration for agents, buyers, and sellers.
Sorry to say, but paint is no match for serious problems such as mold damage, dry rot, and insect infestation. Covering up serious issues with a coat of your favorite color violates disclosure laws, leaving you vulnerable for liabilities post sale. So, a little color is no way to overcome real concerns. The best course of action is to fix the issues before listing your property for sale.
What's on the inside counts, but that doesn't change the importance of a good first impression. In order for prospective buyers to fall in love with a house at first sight, curb appeal is needs to be a priority. Buyers decide if they’re interested or not within the first 30 seconds of pulling up in your driveway, whether or not you've renovated the interior. So, when it comes to home improvements, start with the outside and work your way in.