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Preparing Your House For Sale #4- The Room that Sells

The kitchen is the one room that can make or break a sale. It is usually the most expensive room in any house, so if you are selling your home prospective buyers don’t want to see a kitchen that needs a total upgrade. This doesn’t’ necessarily mean a total re-fit, there are some small things you can do to make your kitchen more appealing to buyers.

If you have more on your kitchn benches than in the cupboards you need to clear the clutter. A fresh coat of paint can work wonders in a drab kitchen, especially if cooking splatters have become a feature! Don’t forget your worn tiles – a little primer and paint can make a huge difference.

Buyers know just how expensive a new oven or dishwasher can be, so they may shy away from your house if they think they will need to spend up big on replacements for these appliances. If your appliances are out of date, consider replacing them. It may be a worthwhile investment.

Swapping cabinet doors can give your kitchen a whole new look. If entirely new doors are outside your budget you can make a huge difference by simply replacing the handles of your cupboads and drawers.

Being a task room, the lighting in a kitchen is something buyers will take careful note of. A good idea is to install fluorescent or spot lights under top cupboard to provide light for the benchtop work area.

Manypeople think that replacing a scratched and stained benchtop is just too costly, but not all benchtop materials are that expensive. This small investment could save your sale!

If your kitchen floor is a little worse for wear, lift the lino and if you have them, polish the floorboards udnerneath. Otherwise lay vinyl flooring, which is easy to clean. Alternatively you may like to use tiles for a contemporary cool feeling

Open Houses Don’t Work

Open Houses have been a tradition in real estate and continue to be popular even if they are not necessary, don’t work and pose a risk.

Prior to the computer era, real estate agents used Open Houses to showcase sellers’ homes. Technology has entirely changed the way properties are marketed, and our website provides considerable information about homes for sale and rent, our staff and the area.

Primarily, real estate agents hold Open Houses for the perceived benefit of the seller. There is still the misconception among agents and sellers that an Open House represents a viable marketing tool. Most serious buyers now search the internet for possible homes and then connect with a real estate agent they have found through a website.

Almost anyone, except really serious buyers, goes to Open Houses. Generally, first on the list are neighbours. Real estate agents rarely consider the dangers to themselves and the seller until something bad happens or an item goes missing.

The most effective and efficient procedure for the buyer to see a home is to first meet the agent at the office. This enables the agent to do some screening to ensure that the individual is a serious buyer and is qualified to purchase in a specific price range; to discuss the needs and wants of the buyer; to incorporate additional homes that may be of interest and then, to make appointments for viewing of homes.

Open Houses are ineffective marketing tools and should be discontinued. The risks far outweigh the benefits for both the seller and the real estate agent.