Selling or Flipping a House? House decor tips to attract today’s buyers.
If you are a homeowner or a house flipper thinking of renovating your home with the aim of selling down the line, there we have some hands on tips that are an absolute must have for today’s buyers that you should pay attention to.
This is part of our best in class an on-going series of real estate articles by Nick Santoro and Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers who service Pennsylvania and New Jersey and specialize in real estate, home content downsizing, senior transition services, property management and estate sales.
Top tips for today sellers to factor in to appeal to todays buyers:
Keep it simple
If you are going to renovate the kitchen and bathrooms, white and
light grays are always a safe bet, says Joe and Nick Santoro of Personal
For the kitchen, think simple; like white Shaker-style cabinets. “Nobody wants ornate moldings” on the cabinets, Nick Santoro says. Brushed-nickel knobs, light-colored quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances work well for most people, he says. In the bathroom, you can’t go wrong with white subway tile.
You’ll want to appeal to today’s buyers, who for the most part are what is described as ‘minimalists;’ clean, simple, not cluttered and not busy, Santoro says.
We have found that if a house has wallpaper, it must go; it must be removed. It is dated and too busy for today’s buyers.
“When people walk into a home with wallpaper, all they see
is dollar bills,” says Joe Santoro. They begin to think immediately
about…“How much will it cost to take it off?”
We advise that sellers paint walls neutral colors to make rooms look larger and feel more contemporary.
Our most recent house flip achieved rapid success by painting the whole house in light grays and whites and staging it with furniture. There were multiple offers during the first week and it was on the market for less than two weeks.
“It made a world of difference,” Santoro says. “The buyers of today, the millennials (age 36 and younger) simply have no time” to plan and undertake renovations.
Buyers see carpeting in much the same way they see wallpaper: as something they will have to remove. The longer it stays on, the more damage it can do to your floors, the Santoro’s warns. “When wall-to-wall carpet is removed in heavily trafficked carpeted areas we see the backing of the carpet and the foam padding sticking to the wood floors,” Nick says. After removing carpeting, refinish the floors and stain with a low-gloss finish.“It will bring a renewed life to your home,” Joe says.
Small Touches help
If kitchen and bathroom renovations aren’t in the budget, pay attention to the small details, such as the condition of your front door, the doorbell, curb appeal and the mailbox, the Santoro’s say.
Explore new light fixtures and floor-to-ceiling drapery. “LED lighting is an inexpensive way to brighten up and cheer up any space,” Joe says. If a home has built-in furniture from the 1980s, Nick Santoro suggests taking it out and getting inexpensive modern pieces.
The Santoro’s say regular upkeep goes a long way. “If you invest in it and keep it on trend, your investment will pay off,” Nick says. Or don’t renovate — and price accordingly.
Joe Santoro cautions that if a home needs work and the owners need
to sell quickly, he will tell the client to set the asking price to
reflect the home’s condition.
“A lot of times we just tell them to not do anything,” Joe says. “It’s easier to take the numbers off of the price.”
Personal Property Managers, can take care of all your home selling needs along with downsizing, content liquidation and renovation work. With Personal Property Managers, one call does it all. For more insights, tips and videos please visit our Resource Page in the About us tab.
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