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Tips on Making Your Home More Appealing to Buyers

by Hunter Deegan 01/04/2019

The good news about selling your home is that everything does not have to be absolutely perfect to attract buyers!

Although some prospective buyers may be sticklers for things like cleanliness, the condition of appliances, and the amount of available storage space, perfection is rarely a requirement.

Since most house hunters are primarily focused on finding a house that offers them value, practicality, and affordability, a few minor flaws here and there are usually not going to be deal breakers.

One of your primary objectives as a house seller is to present your home in its best possible light -- both literally and figuratively. All things being equal, the home that looks the most inviting, well cared for, and tastefully decorated will have a decided edge in the real estate market. Fortunately, there are a lot of inexpensive, relatively easy things you can do to make your home more appealing to prospective buyers.

Keeping your kitchen and bathrooms immaculately clean almost always gives you an advantage when your house is on the market. The only way cleanliness can potentially work against you is when your home reeks of harsh cleaning chemicals and artificial room deodorizers. One solution is to use cleansers with a mild citrus fragrance that will create a clean, fresh-smelling environment that won't be offensive to people's sense of smell.

Since kitchens are a focal point for many house hunters, it pays to devote some extra attention to preparing that part of your home for showings. In addition to making sure all counter tops, appliances, and floors are spotless, crystal clear windows and natural light can go a long way toward enhancing the look and feel of your kitchen.

Other key elements of an appealing kitchen could include a simple, but colorful flower arrangement and the placement of a multi-colored bowl of fresh fruit on a table, island, or counter top. While fragrances such as freshly baked bread, muffins, or coffee can also add to the ambiance of your home, it may sometimes come across to buyers as a little too contrived. There's a thin line between effective home staging and trying too hard to make a favorable impression. Ideally, your efforts at home staging should be subtle, rather than obvious. (When in doubt, ask your real estate agent!)

Creating a checklist of tasks and preparations that need to be done before house showings is an essential aspect of selling your house. Although there are dozens of details your real estate agent will handle, only you can make sure your home is clean, well organized, and ready to be shown.

Enlisting the help of all family members to keep your home tidy and uncluttered will assist you in countless ways, including stress reduction, increased efficiency, and enabling you to sell your home within the shortest possible period of time. When everyone understands that it's a team effort, the process is sure to move ahead smoothly and successfully!

About the Author

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Hunter Deegan

I am a full time agent dedicated to your Buying, Selling and Real Estate Investment needs. I have lived in the southeast metro area since 1982. Being licensed in real estate and holding the Realtor designation since 1999 gives me vast market insight. I have 4 amazing young adult kiddos and have been married to my lovely bride since 1993! Needless to say with my family life and my Real Estate time spent in Denver....I have a vast knowledge of the area(s). My knowledge of the Denver Metro Area and helping you find the perfect location will allow you to enjoy the many benefits Denver has to offer.

Knowing the real estate process is half the battle, which is why I strive to counsel my buyers & sellers.  Giving you more real estate knowledge will save you time, stress and money. As a Denver metro agent since 1999 I take care of the other half. This includes selling your current home and finding your Dream Home, writing the contract, negotiating a better price, setting up and handling inspections, keeping you informed, communication with lenders/appraisers/vendors/etc, communicating with the other agent to keep things together, and then finally closing.

Together we can find the perfect home for your current needs. Whether it's your dream home, a fixer upper you will live in, a move-in condition home, luxury home, fix and flip or another rental/investment property. I will help you accomplish your real estate goals! As a dedicated Full-Time Realtor I have helped 100's of buyers and sellers throughout the metro area. I take pride in honesty, professionalism and patience. I look forward to our real estate adventure together!

"As first time home buyers we didn't really know what to be looking for. Hunter was very thorough in pointing things out to us and genuinely cared about us purchasing the right home." - Allison