How To Make Your Property More Appealing To Buyers


For prospective homebuyers, the single most crucial factor in their decision to buy is the house's current condition. Other factors include the property's asking price and if it is the home in a desirable neighborhood. Most buyers evaluate all these factors before settling on a decision to purchase. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do to make your house more appealing.


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Recognize The Value Of Your Location

Location, location, location is often the mantra in real estate, and this is for a good reason. The location of your property will be a massive deciding factor in how desirable your home is. Unfortunately, even if you have a fantastic house but are not in an area most people deem valuable, you could have difficulty finding a buyer. On the other hand, if you are in an exceptionally sought-after location, you should place a price on your house that reflects this. For example, there are specific places around the world that demand higher prices. Calgary real estate, for example, has seen considerable increases in house prices over the past decade due to the oil industry in the province. This is true in major cities worldwide, and if you are fortunate enough to live in one of these areas, you could find that you can price your house at a premium, and there will still be buyers. A real estate agent can help you figure out a reasonable asking price for your location by assessing your location's value.


Spend Money To Make Money

The point is entirely optional, but it could make a huge difference. If you have the money, you might want to consider adding things like solar panels to the house to boost its value. However, before you go out spending more money, you should speak with your realtor. They will be best positioned to advise you if this is a good idea or not, but often if others surround your house with solar panels, but yours doesn't, this might depress the price you will receive. Ensure you do a cost-to-benefit calculator to see if it is worth the expense.


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Fix-It Up

Before you can even consider showing viewers around, you should hire a contractor to view your home and go around with you to see anything that needs fixing. You should let them know in advance the purpose of you hiring them, and you should be prepared to pay them for a call out. Nevertheless, this can be invaluable in getting your house up to standard. Once you have gone around the property with them and made a list of repairs, ask them for a quote and try to get started right away. You should check things like:

  • The doors and windows are all fitted correctly.
  • The bathroom appliances work.
  • There are no leaky taps
  • All the electronics are in order
  • The garage door opens and closes efficiently.
  • Repair any drywall damage (most damage occurs behind doors where the door handle smashes into the wall).
  • Repaint tired-looking walls.
  • Ensure the HVAC systems are working as they should.
  • Replace any broken tiles.

The list goes on, but the main point is that you make your house look as good as new. You can think about the things you are looking for when searching for a home to buy and then build from that.


Declutter Every Room

This is beneficial for two reasons:

  1. You will be moving out, so you might as well begin the process.
  2. A messy house is exceptionally unappealing to potential customers.

Regarding the first point, you will have to get this done eventually, so the sooner you begin, the better. As for the second point, no matter how unique your home is and how fantastic the location may be if your house is messy and full of clutter, it is immediately off-putting. Furthermore, if the viewer decides to put in an offer, it will inevitably be lower than what you expect. Clutter can reduce the price of a property. The problem of too much mess is that people cannot see beyond the chaos and fail to see how they can personalize the place.


Make It Inviting

There Is a reason why show homes typically have fruit bowls on tables and add other homely touches. While clutter makes it hard for potential buyers to see how it could ever be their dream home, adding a few homey things can make the place feel more enticing. You don't need to spend a fortune but ensuring you have fresh flowers around the area and keeping everything neat and tidy; you might discover you get more offers than you ever thought you would.


Increasing your home's appeal to potential buyers isn't rocket science. You can fix some of the existing problems and bring them up to standard, keep it clean and add in some items that increase the aesthetics of the place. Add to that an experienced realtor, and you have all of the ingredients for a successful sale.