The first indisputable fact about home value is that location is critical. The second is that curb appeal, or the lack thereof, can make or break the sale of a home. So, assuming your home is ideally located (or close to it) and you’ve spent the time to jazz up the exterior, what else will make homebuyers chomp at the bit to write an offer on your Minneapolis home?
Plenty. Let’s take a look at some simple fixes you can perform that will ensure that buyer’s not only like what they see from the curb, but from the moment they step through the door.
When the buyer’s agent unlocks the front door and his or her clients step through, what do they see? Hopefully, it’s an entryway – something that allows a transition from the outdoors to the living spaces.
If your home lacks such a feature, create one. Depending on the size of the area, this could mean merely adding a rug or runner or placing a console table, hutch or other piece of furniture in the area to define it. You can find some gorgeous ideas for entryways at architectureartdesigns.com and design ideas for small spaces at PotteryBarn.com.
Fixtures and Hardware
Think of your home’s fixtures as its accessories. Items like door knobs, faucets, knobs on cabinets and drawer pulls may seem trivial, but when they’re coordinated they add to the overall feel of the home.
Merely switching out your current cabinetry hardware can give the kitchen a makeover, but add a new faucet and you’ll have buyers swooning.
These are inexpensive fixes – a new faucet can be had for under $100 and cabinet knobs and pulls are only a few dollars each. Check out the dizzying assortment at the local big box home improvement store.
The two rooms that can sell a home are the kitchen and the bathroom. Interestingly, one of the biggest turn offs of so many homes for sale are the bathrooms. Toilet seats left up, tattered shower curtains, dirty bathtubs and countertops full of toiletries aren’t attractive, but too many Minneapolis homeowners fail to get that.
So, replace the shower curtain and add some matching towels and rugs. Then, get to work on updating the faucet and hardware, as mentioned previously. Once that’s done, consider going a step further.
If you have the typical tract home sheet mirror, tear it down and replace it with something more interesting. Perhaps something with beveled edges or a frame. HGTV has some beautiful ideas that include new lighting as well.
Getting buyers out of the car with your amazing curb appeal is just the first step in getting them to fall in love with your home. Work on making the interior as attractive and you’re set for a quick sale for top dollar.
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