A Quick List Of Things You Should Do Before You Put Your House On The Market
With thousands of homes for sale in Southern Indiana and Northern Kentucky, home buyers have their choice of the most updated houses and condos. In other words, it means home buyers can be picky in choosing only the most updated homes, where all the renovating has been done for them, so they can simply bring in their belongings. The positive news for home sellers is that most updating can be done with little money, and will most times result in a much higher amount in the sales price than if the seller just put the house on the market without updating it. When a purchaser sees a house or condo as-is with nothing re-done, they usually say 'Let's keep looking at other houses that don't need as much work' and will offer a low price. Most times they will tour the property and then not write an offer at all. They will choose another house that looks a little newer. The property will be for sale longer because home buyers will pass it over for homes that have already been re-done. The longer a house sits, the less likely it is to sell for asking price. Houses sell faster and for more money if they are updated and staged correctly from the beginning.
For a home to sell for top dollar in this over supplied housing market, the home seller should spend the time to update the house with this year's hottest trends of neutral tones, and the latest style of kitchen faucets and handles, and the most updated light fixtures in all rooms, especially the entry hall, kitchen and bathrooms, new carpet in a light color. Even if the home is only twelve years old, like some of the newer developments in Florence KY and Jeffersonville IN, popular colors change so quickly that you really owe it to yourself to take a ride to the nearest Lowes and ask what is the trendiest style that people are putting in homes now.
Here are some more tips for older homes, like the beautiful older homes of New Albany Indiana and Fort Mitchell Kentucky. On the outside a home seller should repaint the trim on the street side of the house and plant colorful flowers to catch the eye of a home enthusiast driving by. It is also a good idea to spray for weeds in the cracks of the sidewalk and driveway.
It doesn't matter if you have an older house in Fort Thomas Ky or a new house in New Albany IN, experts suggest calling a staging professional to decide how the furniture should be arranged, and which items to box up and which items remain for showings. Houses look bigger with less decorations on the walls, and houses look bigger when there is less furniture on the floor. Houses look better with the lights on and soft music playing. If possible, open the blinds to let in sunlight before each showing and have light clasical music playing. If you are able, try to have the house smelling like baked goods such as chocolate chip cookies.
Doing the extra work will pay off. In Southern Indiana only around 8.5% of the over 2000 houses for sale will sell each month. The other homes will sit on the market. To make sure your home is one of the ones chosen, talk to a realtor about updates and staging. The same advice applies to Northern Kentucky where only around 10% of the over 3000 homes for sale will sell each month on average. The average price of a house for sale in the Kenton County- Boone County-Campbell County area of Northern Kentucky was approximately $200,000 at the end of 2011. The price varies by individual neighborhoods and areas such as the Triple Crown neighborhood or the Park Hills area. In closing, it is essential to stand out in the crowd of homes for sale in the Florence Ky real estate market, and houses for sale New Albany IN. The best way to sell faster is to do some inexpensive updates that your real estate agent recommends and talk to a staging professional.