4 Areas of the Home Buyers Check First

Maybe you bought a house to flip, or maybe you’re being forced to sell because of a job transfer. Either way, it’s time to start looking at your property from the average buyer’s perspective. This can be a huge challenge for a homeowner which is party of what makes a real estate agent so valuable. Potential buyers want to see a blank, neutral canvas and there are strong trends (such as bringing the outdoors in) which are on many buyer’s “must have list.”

Whether it’s a bathroom remodeling or re-sanding the floors in the foyer, there are a few hot commodities that can sell your home faster and for a higher price. If you want to move your property, you have to think like a buyer.

Here’s what they’re looking for in 2016:

More Lines Between the Kitchen and Living Room

This one’s tricky because the appeal of an open floor plan is still strong. However, buyers like open floor plans because they make a space seem both larger and homier. However, do you really want to be forced to wash dishes just a few steps away from the fireplace? A higher, sturdier bar area or island that better separates the kitchen from the living room can do the trick, as well as choosing the right barstools as recommended by Houzz and other experts.

A Maintained, Minimalist Yard

If someone has a strong green thumb, they’ll see potential in any yard that’s healthy (and they’ll want their own influence, not yours). If they’re not, they might be intimidated by an overly complex landscape. Check out Easy Things for tips on a green garden year-round. Less is more in every part of the home, including the yard.

Plenty of Closet Space

Creating a larger, walk-in closet is ideal but you can also fake it. When you’re ready to sell, take your things out of the closet or organize it to create the illusion of more space. There’s no such thing as too much storage.

A Zen-like Bathroom

Bathrooms are virtually at-home spas these days. However, grimy shower doors, lack of good light and cramped spaces won’t sell. Sand and re-stain any woods, clean and seal shower doors, and pay special attention to the tile and grout.

Selling a home isn’t easy, but it’s a lot faster when you see things from the buyer’s point of view.

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