You might think that Baton Rouge home buyers can see the potential of a house that just needs a little bit of work, but most are looking for a house that is move-in ready without needing major repairs. Even a home that only needs minor repairs may still look like a bad deal , turning off potential buyers based on appearance alone. The truth is that if you want top market value for your home, you have to do a little work to get it ready for the market. Most buyers in the Baton Rouge area expect to be able to walk in to a clean, decluttered home – at the very least. Although it may not be updated, it better at least look like it’s move-in ready. Here a few tips to get you started when preparing you home to sell.
1. Don’t take your own photos. Bad photos mean bad business. Its not worth the savings for this do it yourself project. First impressions are everything and you can’t afford to mess it up, hire a professional.
2. Tidy up the kitchen. You don’t need to rip out the cabinets to make your kitchen look fresh. A little paint and de cluttering goes a long way.
3. Clean up the yard. Curb appeal is very important when marketing you home. So if you haven’t taken care of the flower bed it can detract from the rest of the house. Once again first impression goes a long way so start with curb appeal.
4. Emphasize the space and function, not the other way around. Don’t leave things that should be put away out in the open. If your computer is on the kitchen table move it and put it where it belongs. Buyers usually like to see a space that they can use for their purpose so give them a clear indication that the potential space is theirs to decide.
5. Emphasize outdoor space. It goes without saying that showing off your outdoor space is important. A little effort to repaint the unkempt patio would have helped. At the very least, mow the yard, trim the bushes, and remove the ladder. An unkempt backyard will only make a potential buyer wonder what else needs attention, especially if they’ve seen some questionable spaces indoors.
6. Video Tours. Pictures are important but video tours are becoming more mainstream. A video tour done right gives the potential buyer a realist view of the orientation of your home.
Contact Glenda Daughety and Team today for more information on homes in Baton Rouge. We welcome the opportunity to update you on current market conditions, fill you in on home trends in the area, and help you with all of your buying and selling needs. Let our knowledge and experience serve as your guide to Baton Rouge real estate.