What Buyers Want in a Home

Are you trying to sell your home? It can be frustrating if you have your home on the market but no one seems to be interested. In order to sell your home quickly, you need to know what buyers are looking for. While you might not be able to completely change everything in your home (which might make a buyer balk), there are some things you can do to make your home more appealing while getting top dollar for it. Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home right now, it is a good idea to know what kinds of upgrades may help you if you do decide to sell your home. Things like updated flooring, trendy paint colors, and Florida granite countertops, can help make your home sell quickly on the market.

Buyers care a lot about the condition and the material used for flooring in a home. If you have faded, stained carpet, peeling linoleum, scratched and dinged hardwood, or cracked, outdated tile, you will probably need to invest in some new flooring. While hardwood floors are probably the most sought after for buyers, it might not be realistic to spend the money to install hardwood in your home. If you already have hardwood floors, but they aren’t in great condition, consider having them refinished before putting your home on the market. If you have faded, stained, or really outdated carpet, consider replacing it. Carpet is generally fairly affordable and new, soft carpet can make a space feel comfy and clean. If you can’t afford hardwood floors but need some new flooring, consider a quality laminate product. Laminate floors are easy to install, more affordable than hardwood, and are looking more and more realistic.

While you might love your bright green bedroom or maroon dining room, you need to think about what will appeal to most buyers when you are getting ready to put your home on the market. You might still be attached to the paint colors you have chosen, but remember that the goal is to sell your home. You can paint your new home whatever colors you would like. Look at magazines and search online for what paint colors are currently trending. Going with a blank white canvas is easy, but most buyers want to see some personality and a classy, finished look to a home. Go too bold and you may turn buyers away. Lighter colors in a natural palette are usually pretty safe. Buyers like to see two-toned paint, with doors and trim a different color than the walls, because it adds definition to the look of your home. Repainting is also a good idea because it makes the walls look fresh and new.

Like flooring, another large surface in the home that people care a lot about are the countertops, especially those found in the kitchen. The kitchen is a big ticket item for many buyers. Painting or refinishing your kitchen cabinets is often a good idea if you don’t have the money to replace them all. If you have outdated laminate or tile countertops, you might want to consider upgrading to marble or Florida granite countertops. Granite remains one of the most popular materials for kitchen countertops. You will often make your investment back if you install granite countertops prior to selling your home. Granite will add value to your home and make it more appealing to buyers, making it easier to sell quickly. Depending on the size of your kitchen, you may be able to use the same slab of granite to replace countertops in bathrooms as well.

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