3 things that make homebuyers weak at the knees

Hank Bailey
Hank Bailey
Published on April 1, 2019

It’s a fact that how your home looks from the curb will either turn away buyers or it might just urge buyers to come inside to see more. So, once you’ve gotten curb appeal handled, what else entices home buyers to decide to make an offer on a home?

It’s a combination of things, really. However emotions do tend to rule the day.  Especially if your home checks off most of their list of “must have’s.” Appeal to someone’s emotions and they may just return the favor!

Let’s take a look at some easy tasks you can most likely do yourself that will ensure that once those buyers step foot into your home, they’ll want to make it their own!

When they open the front door

When their agent unlocks the front door and his or her buyers step through, what do they see? In many homes, it’s an entryway. A space that allows a transition from the outdoors to the home’s living spaces. Most of us think of a foyer.

If your home lacks such a feature, try and create one. Depending on the size of the space, this could mean simply adding a rug or “runner” or placing a console table, hutch or other piece of furniture in the area to add definition to it. Online you might find some great ideas for entryways at architectureartdesigns.com and design ideas for small spaces at PotteryBarn.com. Also, Pinterest is always a good place to locate some gorgeous ideas no matter the home improvement project.

It’s the little extras

From years of being an active buyers’ agent too, I can tell you first hand how it’s the little things like door knobs, drawer and cabinet hardware, faucets and even light fixtures that all go into making a room feel put together. Feeling fresh and updated! Update these and you’ll have buyers loving what they see. Nothing screams, “I’M DATED,” quite as much as brass door knobs and hardware do or ultraviolet lighting in the kitchen!

Here’s the bonus, these fixes are inexpensive. Would encourage you to run up to Home Depot or Lowe’s this coming weekend and see what options they have. Most home improvement stores carry many attractive fixtures, in a variety of the latest finishes, for less than $100.

Then if you really want to take your kitchen up a notch, coordinate that finish with new cabinet hardware and drawer pulls to bring the room together. These too can be as inexpensive as a few dollars each and are guaranteed to delight your home buyers.

Ah, the Bathroom

There are a few sayings or terms we use have used in real estate ever since I can remember.  We all know, “location, location, location,” in terms of where to buy.  Also, “anything you spend on the kitchen and the bathrooms will come back to you!”  Home sellers, don’t forget that bathrooms are second in importance to kitchens in the minds of homebuyers.

Look at listings of homes for sale on MLS, Zillow, Redfin, you name it, and you’ll run across photos of bathrooms full of toys, toiletries items covering the countertops, ragged looking shower curtains, stained toilets, and dirty bathtubs.

The best way to tackle a bathroom is to remove everything visible. This means tossing out all those toiletries and empty bottles, the blow dryer, curling iron, towels, rugs and shower curtain into a box and removing them from the bathroom.

If your shower curtain looks old and worn out “to you,” would then urge you to replace the shower curtain and pick up some coordinating rugs and towels. Neatly store the toiletries and appliances out of sight. “Neatly” is the operative word because homebuyers do take peeks into drawers and cabinets to get an idea of storage space.

Then, follow the above advice regarding the kitchen to go ahead and replace the hardware on the cabinet doors and drawers and purchase a new faucet for the sink. If the tub is visible through the door or curtain, consider buying a matching faucet and showerhead as well. The tub faucet can be more of a problem to replace, but definitely an attractive showerhead will get people’s attention!

Another tip to please buyers is to replace that bathroom sheet mirror with something more decorative. If that’s too much work, you can get an upgraded feel by creating a frame to go around it! HGTV has some gorgeous tips here and here. Homes.com has a great video on YouTube here to give additional instruction on framing out that builder grade bath mirror.

Getting homebuyers to fall in love with your home and get all giddy on the inside is the best way to get the most money you can for it. Appeal to their emotions by freshening up the most popular rooms, and watch the offers come in!

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