Lets face it – just about everyone wants a new house these days. New surfaces, new finishes, clean, up-to-date and turnkey.
Barry and I walked into a home for a showing and realized – wow this is exactly the same floor-plan as our home but 20 years older! It was an eerie feeling to see what our house would look like once it achieves the 20 year old out-dated look! It was clean enough but lacked any appeal inside or outside. Any buyer without ‘vision’ (which is most folks) would not/will not buy that house at the fair market value.
Have you been to an open house at a new home development? The most difficult thing to find today is an up-to-date home with a usable yard. If you own a home on a lot of 9000 sq ft or larger, you have something new homes don’t have. Most folks looking for a home in the middle to upper range want all that a new home has to offer but with a larger lot than new homes are typically built in.
Our jobs as agents would be so much more fun if all of those sellers took a hard look at their homes, inside and out and asked “how do I compare with the competition and with what my potential buyer wants?” Here’s what the ‘new home’ looks like:
Wood Floors – Anything goes here as long as they are in good condition
Nickel or rubbed bronze hardware - gold or brass is out
Stair railings in wrought iron or craftsman look – no turned ballusters
Stainless Steel Appliances
Up-to-date tile & surfaces in baths – no more pink or blue glossy tile
Granite or stone counters – They’ve been the standard for almost 10 years now!
Maple, Cherry or solid wood cabinets – no laminates or oak
Okay – we are clear that not everyone can spend the money to re-do it all but think about how you can update with what you have and make the MOST of your home to increase the appeal to potential buyers – or yourself!
Tanda Sullivan, Accredited Staging Professional