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					                     10
Things
That
Help
Buyers
Notice
Your
Home

                                           

                                                       

    1. A
Nice
Entryway

       Impress
buyers
right
from
the
start
with
a
beautiful
entrance.

       We
like
to
encourage
a
fresh
coat
of
paint
on
the
front
door.


       If
there
is
no
entryway,
you
should
make
one.
Most
buyers
do

       not
like
to
go
through
the
front
door
into
the
living
room.

       One
way
to
combat
the
problem
of
no
entryway‐especially
in

       condos
and
apartments‐
is
to
cleverly
place
furniture
to
create

       an
entryway.
A
small
table
or
chest
of
drawers
with
something

       over
it
can
create
a
very
welcoming
entrance.

       

       

    2. Hardwood
Floors

       Moat
realtors
will
tell
you
the
same‐
buyers
are
hunting
for

       hardwood.
Of
all
the
types
of
flooring
available
today,

       hardwood
will
have
the
longest
life
and
never
go
out
of
style.

       Some
sellers
will
opt
for
a
synthetic
wood
floor,
like
Pergo,

       which
is
a
nice
option
for
those
who
can’t
quite
afford

       hardwood.
Unfortunately
a
laminate
floor
won’t
‘fool’

       everyone,
since
it
has
a
hollow
thud
when
walked
on
and
it

       doesn’t
quite
look
the
same.






    3. Fabulous
Fixtures

       Fixtures
are
equivalent
to
the
‘jewelry’
of
the
house.
Of

       course,
only
the
extremely
detail‐oriented
among
us
would

       stop
to
look
at
every
doorknob,
faucet
and
light
switch,
but

       we
can
tell
you
from
experience
that
buyers
like
the
look
of
a

       home
that
is
coordinated
and
a
step
above
standard

       developer
grade.

       Newer
construction
can
be
chintzy
with
fixtures
and
fittings.

       Replacing
knobs
and
drawer
pulls
is
the
easiest
way
to
make

       over
a
kitchen
or
bathroom.


       

       

    4. Beautiful
Bathrooms

       We
have
found
that
marble
counters,
whirlpool
baths
and
steam

       showers
up
the
attractiveness
of
any
bathroom.
If
you
don’t
have

       these
luxury
items,
and
most
of
us
don’t,
it
is
more
practical
to

       address
the
unattractive
areas
of
your
existing
bath.

       Start
by
getting
rid
of
that
big
old
sheet
mirror
and
those
globe
lights

       that
make
you
feel
like
you’re
putting
on
two
shows
a
night. 

       Replace
them
with
a
framed
mirror;
don’t
be
afraid
to
search
in

       departments
other
then
the
bath
section
of
your
favorite
hardware

       store.
Add
sconce
lighting
on
either
side.
This
lighting
scheme
is

       more
flattering
to
the
face,
and
making
buyers
feel
pretty
will
pay
off

       in
the
long
run!

       

   

   

   

5. Countertop
Consciousness

   A
‘helpful’
friend
may
have
told
you
that
granite
is
the
secret
to
a

   buyer
friendly
kitchen,
but
that’s
not
always
the
case.
More

   importantly,
it’s
about
the
slab.
Buyers
do
not
want
to
see
grout

   lines.
So
when
it
comes
to
counters,
granite
becomes
the
top
pick

   because
it
is
hard,
nonporous
and
very
easy
to
care
for.
But,
so
is

   Corian
and
stone
surfaces
such
as
Silestone‐
not
to
mention
with

   today’s
advanced
sealants,
so
are
limestone,
concrete,
soapstone
&

   marble.


   Even
butcher‐block,
which
is
a
bit
less
expensive
than
stone,
can
be

   more
appealing
than
tile
or
laminate
countertops.
And
on
the
plus

   side
when
the
block
gets
‘funky’
you
can
sand
it,
oil
it
and
have
a

   like‐new
surface
again!
So
granite
is
not
the
only
option
open
to

   you
to
help
pull
buyers
in.

   

   Already
have
granite?
Make
it
cutting
edge.
Many
people
are
now
honing
their
granite
counters.

   Honing
essentially
knocks
down
the
surface
finish
so
that
the
granite
has
a
more
matte
look,

   making
the
kitchen
seem
warmer
and
more
inviting.


   

   

6. Steel
The
Buyers

   Why
do
buyers
seem
to
go
weak
in
the
knees
for
stainless
steel

   appliances?
It’s
the
power
of
suggestion‐a
kitchen
with
stainless

   steel
looks
more
professional.
It
gives
buyers
a
feeling
that
they
are

   great
cooks
and
could
create
culinary
masterpieces.
Of
course,

   because
of
it’s
attraction
for
fingerprints,
it’s
not
for
everyone.

   Sans
stainless
steel‐
designers
agree
that
black
can
give
a
kitchen
a

   dated
look,
while
white
is
lovely
for
a
country
kitchen.
Many
people

   are
now
into
ordering
front
panels
to
make
the
appliances
match
the

   cabinets.

   

   

7. Organize
Those
Closets

   As
with
the
stainless
steel
reflecting
master
chefs
in
the
kitchen;

   organized
closets
make
buyers
believe
they
are
better
homemakers.

   If
your
closets
are
unadorned,
don’t
underestimate
this
simple

   addition.

   Organization
makes
people
feel
secure
&
calm
and
most
people
need

   that.
Don’t
feel
you
need
to
go
all
out,
but
make
sure
the
materials

   are
up‐to‐date.
Twenty
years
ago
it
was
wire
shelves;
today’s
ideal

   would
be
melamine
shelves,
in
either
bone
or
white,
with
some

   drawers
and
metal
rods.

   Don’t
stop
at
the
closet;
make
sure
the
kitchen
cabinets
are
in
order

   as
well.
There
is
nothing
like
a
buyer
seeing
a
large
pantry,
opening

   the
door
and
seeing
disarray.
It
doesn’t
have
the
same
effect
as
when

   the
pantry
is
opened
and
everything
has
a
place.

   

   

8. Light
It
Up

    If
your
home
doesn’t
get
much
natural
light,
which
would
be
the

    ideal,
forget
about
floor
lamps.
They
just
don’t
cut
it
nowadays.

    Think
about
recessed
lighting
or
new
sconces,
or
even
both;
as
long

    as
it
keeps
the
buyer
from
struggling
to
figure
out
how
to
lighten
the

    place
up.


    Overall,
lighting
is
probably
the
most
overlooked
area
of
interior

    decoration.


    The
reality
of
it
is
that
you
need
three
types
of
lighting‐
ambient,

    task
&
decorative.
Having
these
will
allow
you
to
change
the
mood

    of
a
room
on
command.


    In
regards
to
recessed
lighting,
know
that
the
small
the
fixture,
the

    more
modern
it
is.
Also,
halogen
bulbs
give
a
cleaner,
more
modern

    look.

    

9. Built‐In
Bonus

    Many
buyers
look
at
built‐ins
as
‘free
furniture’.
Well
crafted

    bookcases,
china
cabinets
and
entertainment
centers
can
make
a

    home
stand
out
as
quality
construction.


    Be
careful
though,
it
can
be
a
catch‐22
as
some
buyers
would

    rather
re‐organize
the
furniture.
Some
times
freestanding
pieces

    that
have
a
‘built‐in’
look
and
can
be
offered
with
the
option
to

    purchase
make
better
sense.

    

    

10. The
Grass
is
Greener…

    Are
the
buyers
in
your
area
families
with
young
children?
If
the
answer
is

    yes,
they
will
be
drawn
to
lawns
that
provide
a
flat
open
space.

    Thinking
of
putting
in
a
concrete
patio
or
rock
garden?
Don’t
bother
if

    you’re
trying
to
sell.
A
flat
grassy
lawn
is
a
major
plus.
Spend
some
money

    and
add
grass
if
it’s
needed.
It
will
be
worth
the
effort
and
money
spent.


    

    

    

    

    

    Final
Thought…

    

    Ready
for
an
open
house?
Remember
this‐
Architecturally

    interesting
homes
in
immaculate
condition
can
be
shown

    empty
and
get
away
with
it,
for
the
rest
of
us,
consider

    staging.

    In
general
buyers
look
for
a
kind
of
homey
feel
to
a
house,

    not
homely.
If
the
majority
of
your
furniture
would
be
hard

    to
move
at
a
garage
sale,
consider
staging.
(Propping
the

    home
with
attractive
rental
furniture.) 


				
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