Features to Highlight when Selling Your Home

Real estate agents, Daniel and Julie Desrochers, say that there are certain things that are important to highlight when selling your home in order to attract buyers.

New Exterior Items/Maintenance Free Items

  • New Windows, roof, siding etc.
    • Buyers appreciate the energy efficiency of new windows and affect it has on their energy bills.
    • These items can be big ticket items to replace and it’s a great feature for a buyer to know they do not have to worry about replacing any of those items.
  • Maintenance free decks or patios are a nice feature you want to highlight
    • Buyers like that they will not have added expense and time of having to stain or paint a deck every few years.

Location

  • You want to point out all the amenities you are close to like Parks, walking paths, restaurants, and stores
  • Are you near or easy accessibility to freeways, this is a good feature especially for commuting to work.
  • Are you in a desirable school district? Super important to buyers with kids.
  • Great views. Do you overlook a pond or a lake, do you have great sunsets, overlook a private wooded area? All things you want to point out.

Hardwood floors

  • Buyers love hardwood floors
  • Big expense to install hardwood floors so great if they are already there.
  • If they are hidden under carpet you want to make sure they are pointed out

Floor Plan Features

  • Open floor plan
    • Buyers are drawn to floor plans that are open and airy
    • Buyers want a nice open kitchen/living/dining room area for day to day function for family and entertaining.
  • 3 or 4 bedrooms on one level
    • This is important to a lot of buyers with children. They don’t want their kids sleeping on a different level.
  • Separate Mudroom
    • Has become very popular among buyers
    • An important feature for families
    • Homeowners want a place to throw all of their families, jackets, shoes and bags that is out of site from the rest of the home.
  • Walk in Closets in Master bedroom
    • A lot of buyers expect a walk-in closet in their master bedroom
    • Added bonus if the secondary rooms in the house have walk-in closets
    • If you don’t have any walk-in closets, update a reach in closet with an organization system.

Oversized garage and garage finishes

  • Larger garages are important to a lot of buyers.
  • Garages aren’t only for storing cars anymore, homeowners store things like lawnmowers, tools, bicycles, patio furniture in the winter and excess items they don’t have room for in the house.
  • Is the garage, heated, are their floor drains, epoxied floor? All things you want to point out.
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