By Kaitlin Krug-Byrd
This is 2014. We’re surrounded by smartphones, tablets, and technology is constantly changing and improving. The term “commodity” is always changing in the U.S. The current waves of home buyers seem to have pretty extensive checklists when hunting for their dream home. It’s possible that your home is in need of an upgrade in order to meet the growing demands of the buyers.
Work With What You’ve Got
If you have hardwood floors, capitalize on that! Get those oversized rugs out of there, and get the foors polished before showing your home. If they’re in good shape, it immediately bumps up the value of your home. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and central air conditioning are also prime sell-factors.
Maximize Your Space
Even if you don’t have the fancy appliances or chic features, your home has a lot to offer. Catching the attention of home buyers could be as simple as re-arranging furniture to maximize your space. If you have any unnecessary tables, desks, or chairs in a room, remove them before showing your home. Avoid the appearance of a cluttered or cramped space.
Surprisingly, a new paint job can be one of the most influental decisions you can make for a relatively low cost. Whether you repaint the inside or the outside of the house, it could have a huge influence on the number of offers you get. A fresh coat of paint outside can make your home more modern, more sleek, and more appealing. Just be careful to pick a paint color that will draw them in rather than scare them away!
Painting the inside of the house is also a surefire way to improve your first impression. Choose warm, welcoming, or relaxing colors--depending on the room. Also, paint your ceilings white! It creates the illusion of more space, and it will make your wall colors stand out more. The small chunk of change it'll cost you to re-paint can drastically influence the quality and quantity of the offers buyers will make. Home buyers are extremely influenced by appearances and presentation. After all, selling a home relies almost entirely on its first impression.
Not everyone necessarily needs a home theater or automated lighting system; however, making sure your home is accommodating of certain technological adaptations may be important. As far as investment goes, installing surround-sound speakers in the TV room could be a relatively simple and inexpensive way to draw in that young couple. This is one of those 21st Century “commodities” that home buyers may be looking for. Although having new gadgets and adaptations in your home couldn’t hurt, you can enhance the quality of your home without it costing more than you can manage.