From stale to sold with these 7 upgrades

March 12, 2020 - By marketing@allentate.com

Sometimes homeowners can look at their cherished home through an oversized pair of rose colored glasses, and over time, the noticeable imperfections become no big deal.

Then, when it’s time to take advantage of a hot seller’s market, there’s a thunderous silence as the beloved home is overlooked. 

When the offers don’t flood in, it’s often a shocking experience for sellers. But remember, buyers have high expectations when it comes to buying a home. They’re looking for a home that is updated and ready, so that when they move in they don’t have to worry about fixing this or that. 

Making sure your home is not only clean, but also has an inviting feel to it can make a world of a difference when it comes to selling your home in today’s market. If your home is sitting on the market unnoticed day after day, maybe it’s time to make some changes. Here are some tips to help get your home ready for today’s market!

Refresh your curb appeal

The outside of the home is just as important as the inside.  Getting the exterior right can help you nail that first impression.  Make sure your landscaping is top notch by adding some fresh mulch and seasonal flowers. You could even add dash of color to your front door or shutters with a fresh coat of paint.

We love the beautiful curb appeal found in this Raleigh listing!

Update your kitchen

Potential homebuyers are looking for updated kitchens. The kitchen is the heart of the home, so you want yours to leave a great impression.  Essential upgrades will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Add stainless steel appliances, upgrade to granite or quartz countertops, and consider giving your kitchen cabinets a fresh look with some new hardware or some paint. 

Keep it light and bright

Everyone wants a home that looks and feels clean. So keep your home looking light and bright by painting your walls with a light neutral to really brighten up your space. Not sure which neutrals will work well in your home? Here’s our ultimate guide to the best neutral paint colors.

We love the light and bright colors in this home for sale in Weddington.

Show off your flooring

Show off those beautiful floors! If you have beautiful hardwoods, don’t hide them under rugs. Having nice floors is going to get a buyer’s attention.  So take a look at the carpet and replace it, if need be. Give your tiled floors a once over and call a grout repair company if need be, or consider using a grout pin to restore dingy grout lines.

Create the perfect outdoor living space 

Not having a beautiful outdoor space can be a deal breaker for those that love to spend their summers grilling and sitting outside enjoying the season. Don’t miss the opportunity to make your patio or deck its own incredible space. 

Related reading: 10 tips to make your outdoor space an entertainer’s dream

Don’t forget about staging 

For the most part, houses that are staged sell much faster than homes that are not. As a seller, you want to display every area in the home as valuable use of space. Don’t forget to stage overlooked areas like storage areas or bonus rooms, and remember to clear your home of clutter!

Related reading: How to stage your home to sell, fast!

Beautifully staged living room in this Durham listing.

Use professional photos 

Listings with an array of professional photos will get your home to sell much faster. If you don’t have many photos, or if they are low quality, buyers will avoid looking at your home. Make sure to include photos of all the rooms in your house (including outside entertaining areas).

Consider having an unbiased friend evaluate your photos and offer feedback for improvement. Remember, your photos are what entices buyers to tour your home in the first place, so don’t miss opportunities because your photos are poor quality.

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