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What Every Buyer Looks For

February 14, 2017
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When it comes to house hunting, no two buyers are the same. Everyone has different tastes in colors, materials, and layouts. Everyone’s situation is different. Sure, adding granite countertops or hardwood floors might appeal to a large portion of buyers, but not everyone is going to like the granite or hardwood you choose. This can be very frustrating to sellers, but when it comes down to it, there are three things every buyer is looking for…

1. Value For Their Money – Buyers want to get as much out of their money as possible. What this means for you is you must price your home to sell. Pricing a home accurately means looking at its features, location, and others comparable in the area. Often, the best way to do this is by calling in a realtor. Unfortunately, most sellers have a tendency to think their house is worth more than it is. This can lead to overpricing, which will deter a large percentage of potential buyers. Realtors are trained to look at all the comps and features to come up with the best and most competitive price for your home.

2. No Maintenance Issues – Buyers know that not every home is “move-in ready,” but most expect little maintenance issues to be taken care of by the seller. Potential buyers see little issues like a split tile in the floor or a leaky faucet as a doorway to bigger, unseen issues like foundation cracks or water damage. Take the doubt out of the equation before you even put your house on the market. Designate a weekend to go around the house and make sure all the maintenance issues are addressed. Replace burned-out light bulbs, clean the dingy basement, and fix the broken light fixture.

3. The WOW Factor – Every buyer wants to be “wowed” when they walk in the door, so give that to them. If you live in an area that has a lot of the same types of homes, you need to make yours stand out. Stage your home perfectly to show off its great features. Refinish the hardwood floors, spruce up the curb appeal, score a deal on a stainless steal appliance set to replace the old ‘80s appliances. You don’t have to go high-end to have the Wow Factor. If money is tight, look into replacing old materials with new cost-effective ones, like laminate countertops and vinyl flooring. Just having a fresh, clean look will go a long way.

If you’re interested in selling your house, call Cypress Homes today!

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This post was written by Greg Drusch

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