Thursday, July 31, 2003
More Bang for Your Buck: Making Your House More Attractive To Potential Buyers
In South Florida, the real estate market can be real competitive. Selling your home often comes down to some very subtle changes. But in tonight's More Bang For Your Buck, we found if you want to seal the deal, think three key words - details, details, details.
(WSVN) -- How do you turn your home into a selling sensation?
That's exactly what homeowner Joel Meyerson want's to know.
"You want to make it to where they don't have negative thoughts about anything. I guess the more negative thoughts they have while walking through a house stops them from buying it."
Interior Designers Nikki Baron and Wendy St. Laurent say those negative thoughts can come in many forms.
So what you may overlook, a buyer will surely spy.
"You always hoping that the first impressive in going to be wow!"
A buyer's first impression starts the moment they step on your property.
So you may want to try something like fresh flowers to subconsciously make a big difference.
"There are little things that are noticeable."
Like nicks on the wall.
They may be tiny but they can also be a big turnoff.
"Only paint where you really thing you need to where it's really in bad shape."
"So it would make that area look even better if this area was just touched up. Then there would be no question about the paint."
If you choose to re-paint, neutral colors relate to more people.
And when it comes to carpet think presentable instead of a perfect.
"Only if the carpet is in terribly damaged condition should you consider replacing it, a carpet like this that is beautiful and neutral just needs to be professionally cleaned."
Speaking of clean, make sure you clean up all the clutter.
"It's just as important that you pick miscellaneous items off the floor put them away in a closet on of cabinet and give the impression of spaciousness in the house and plenty of storage."
Also learn to tune into any unusual noises.
Maintenance can be a major sticking point.
"There's slight sound coming out of the condenser."
"Anything that's mechanical device in the house that sounds like it has a little too much noise probably needs to be taken into account."
Plus make sure you take into account the aroma of your home.
For one thing, the smell of cigarettes can be a big turnoff.
Instead, go for the sweet scents of cinnamon or vanilla.
"They always say baking an apple pie, bread in the oven makes a house really smell great and could make a sale."
And if that's what it takes, Joel and his family are willing to give it a try.
"I'm here to sell this house and it really doesn’t matter to me what needs to be done."
Also, when you assess the amount of furniture you have, think less is more. This will give the buyer plenty room to imagine your home becoming their home.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jills Real Estate
Baron & St. Laurent Interior Design
Nikk Baron and Wendy St.Laurent
1525 West 27th Street
Miami Beach, FL