In Today’s Market, Buyers Want Move-In Ready Homes!

If you’re planning to sell your home, showcasing your home’s features is more important now than ever before. Buyer confidence is building and sellers should think like a potential buyer would. See your home from a buyer’s perspective.

Focus on the buyer before putting your home on the market….which means the following things should be implemented: de-cluttering, maintenance repair, home staging, and curb appeal.

The more you focus on buyer’s needs,the greater the chances of a faster and higher priced sale.

Selling an “as-is” home may turn off today’s buyer.  Maintenance is high on a buyer’s agenda.  Buyers take comfort in seeig a house that is ready to move into.

Did you know that 87 percent of first-time buyers don’t want to buy a home that requires them to do a lot of work; instead they want “move-in” ready.

A maintained home that has been fixed-up for sale, sells faster and sells for more money. Putting a little effort, money, repairs, and tender loving care into the home could go a long way at the time of the sale.

Ripping up carpet and painting the inside and/or outside of the home can also increase buyer appeal. Repairing things like leaky pipes, broken windows, worn ceilings, as well as replacing old roofs and driveways can go a long way to help increase the listing price.

Buyers don’t want the aches–headache and pocketbook–of having to deal with getting the home ready before they move in. Often, first-time buyers have very little extra cash to spend on repairs. They may be coming from a nice, new apartment or home that they were renting. When they see a house for sale that requires lots of repairs to make it livable and comfortable, it’s a turn off.

What about clutter? Buyers often see clutter as a bigger issue than just a bunch of stuff strewn about the home. It can make them think that the home is more of a “project” house than it really is. Save yourself any issues and pack up your personal stuff.

Sometimes packing up stuff means storing big items that are cluttering the house. Borrow a friend’s garage or rent a storage unit if your next home isn’t ready. Unstuffing overly-furnished rooms can really open up the floor plan, allowing buyers to get a good idea of the size of the room.

The Home Pictured Here is 17 Jefferson Landing Circle in Port Jefferson, NY.  List Price $669,000

Not preparing a home for sale can mean having to accept the very unwanted fact of listing it for a lower price.

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About The Author

Jolie Powell

Jolie Powell has been a distinguised leader in the Real Estate industry since 1987. Prior to entering the world of Real Estate, she worked as a TV producer for the Advertising Agency, Dancer Fitzgerald Sample in NYC. Jolie's expertise in counseling buyers and sellers brings people together from Long Island, and indeed, Globally! Having lived abroad and traveled extensively, Jolie has an excellent understanding of many cultures. As a Cuban-born American, she is fluent in Spanish and communicates well with international clients relocating to the North Shore of Long Island. Jolie is proud of the high level of trust she and her clients have established and looks forward to continue building exceptional client/broker relationships.