What Buyers Look For In a Home
Ok, so we are about to list your home and you think you have it right. We have given you our advice and some complimentary staging options, then you start to second guess what the potential buyers will like or dislike!. But this is where you have to relax because part of our service is to take away anxiety, and selling your home should not be stressful.
So usually they are ok with the price range or they would not see the value in your home and their realtor would not be showing it to them. Remember first impressions, the home has to have good curb appeal, grass cut and weed wacked, front door and entrance washed down and sparkling clean.
If they have a negative at the front door such as lack of TLC it will follow them through the home and everything they look at !. Blinds up for showings, remember it’s show time! Light and space is what most buyers like and you already de-cluttered didn’t you?
Tick the Boxes: They begin the walkthrough and hopefully start to tick the boxes. Flooring, appliances, open concept. The floors look good and the job you did on cleaning the house is paying off. Nobody likes someone else’s dirt.
Projects: Most people don’t mind one maybe two projects especially if they are cosmetic, but don’t have the “they can fix it attitude” because you are setting yourself up for a low offer.
Organized: Features that help keep them organized are important to many homebuyers. Having a laundry room where they can keep laundry out of sight in a separate room is good. In a recent survey 90% of those surveyed said it was a huge plus. An astounding 57% said they would be unlikely to buy a home without it.
Entertaining: They will picture their family and friends visiting, have they got the space, is there some outdoor living.
Efficiency: A top priority for many buyers is the energy efficiency of the home, insulation, how are the windows, have the furnaces been maintained, and is the home energy-star rated.
Location: Will the home work for them as the kids grow up, school location as well as the homes location can be a big plus or minus.
Road access: How hard or easy will it be to get to work, and what is the travel time at both busy times of the day.
Ninety percent of buyers are looking for a linen closet in their bathrooms to help keep towels and toiletries organized. Garage space for storage of bikes, lawn care and sports equipment is high on their wish list. A walk-in pantry in the kitchen is considered desirable by 85% of respondents.
When buying or selling a home there are many features to consider as being on the tops of the minds of homebuyers. Remember we are here to help ! Stu 403-850-0669 Lora 403-512-1316