Realtor - Amanda S. Davidson: How To Make Your Home More Appealing To Buyers

How To Make Your Home More Appealing To Buyers

How To Make Your Home More Appealing To Buyers

It’s the time of year that I’m frequently meeting with homeowners who are considering selling this spring. Each meeting varies with questions that come up with the exception of one and that’s always what can I do to make my home more appealing to buyers? Every seller understandably wants to know how to make their home standout and make buyers want to make an offer.

 

home exterior

 

There’s nothing I love more than when a seller takes the time to follow my advice doing the items that really make their home shine. Inventory is low in our area but, that doesn’t mean proper preparation isn’t imperative and the little details make a big difference. When your home makes the right first impression on buyers it will sell faster and for more money.

 

Donate and Purge

De-cluttering your home is something every seller has to do. You want your home to look spacious and organized; less is more. Buyers are easily distracted and having a bunch of items on your kitchen counters, bathroom vanities, in the shower, closet’s, under the bed and anywhere else you can think of that detracts from your home. Think about a model home as you go through each room in your house. You may even need to consider a storage unit – the garage and basement are not to be used for storage when selling your home. Every area needs to be ready to greet buyers and make the right first impression.

 

Keep It Neutral

Paint is the most common way to personalize a home but, when it comes time to sell personalized isn’t what you are going for. You want to appeal to as many buyers as possible and the best way to do that is neutral walls. Neutral doesn’t mean white, in fact you should stay away from white because it will make your home feel cold and uninviting. Stick to beige or gray tones.

 

kitchen interior

 

It’s The Little Things

When I mentioned above that the little details make a big difference I am talking something as small as a loose doorknob or kitchen cabinet handle or even just a burned out lightbulb. Every home has minor items that can easily be corrected and those little items add up in the eyes of a buyer. Go through each room and look for imperfections, pretend you’re a buyer walking through your home.

 

 

living room interior

 

Curb Appeal

Buyers see the exterior of your home first. I have a lot of buyer clients who drive by a home before contacting me for a tour. If they don’t like what they see from the exterior many never ask to see the interior. Pull the weeds, clean up any loose leaves, put some mulch down, and make sure the bushes don’t need trimming. Look at your front door, that’s where buyers are going to enter first. Does it need to be cleaned, painted, or replaced? Look at the gutters and roof to be sure they’re in show-ready shape as well. If you see shingles lifting or the gutters are loose have a qualified roofer in to repair them.

 

Select an agent with a proven successful track record and they will be able to go through your home with you and give you advice that’s custom to what your home needs. They have a trained eye on what to look for and recommend. Properly preparing your home to go on the market can’t be done overnight, it takes planning ahead and working closely with your agent. Allowing ample time to have your home show ready always pays off in the form of a faster sale for more money.

 

Additional Home Selling Information

Staging Your Home 

Prepare Your Home For Sale On A Budget 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group

 exp realty

 

 

      

 

AMANDA DAVIDSON  
l ASSOCIATE BROKER l  
l AMANDA DAVIDSON REAL ESTATE GROUP BROKERED BY eXp REALTY l

C  703.431.3755   |   O  703.988.3151  |   W  www.amandadavidson.com

A  20130 Lakeview Center Plaza #400 Ashburn, Va 20147




Comment balloon 57 commentsAmanda S. Davidson • February 13 2019 03:12AM

Comments

Amanda, it is sweet, when we walk a home and make suggestions, and they do them.   With that, the buyers love the home once it hits the market!    Great post! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 8 months ago

You always have such good tips, you know that I am going to have to reblog this, right?

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 8 months ago

Hi Amanda S. Davidson - One of the many things you do well is keep the information you share simple, easy for your client to digest and act upon. This is just another reason why buyers and sellers should pick you and your team for all their Alexandria VA and surrounding area, real estate needs.

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 8 months ago

Yes Amanda, those little things make a difference too. Minor issues that can be taken care of easily need to be addressed too!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 8 months ago

Hello Amanda - it seems that those LITTLE easy-to-solve issues end up as the BIGGEST problems in the eyes of prospective buyers. 

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 8 months ago

Amanda, great tips for the sellers that want to make their home more appealing to potential buyers.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) 8 months ago

Amanda,

Great tips to make one's home more sellable.  Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 8 months ago

Joan Cox it's the best and it always pays off! 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Brian England you are so kind. Thank you again for sharing it!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® thank you very much, I try too. I know it's easy for us to understand because we do it daily but, our clients don't. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 they really do, the devil is in the details!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Michael Jacobs I'm chuckling because you are exactly right! What might cost $100 total for a seller will cost $500 in a buyer's eyes. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Good afternoon Amanda - if sellers follow your advice they will make their home stand out.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 8 months ago

Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® thank you! I hope you're having a good week. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel thank you so much!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Grant Schneider all that prep work really pays off, I enjoy helping my sellers prepare. It's a team effort!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

This is important advice to share with prospective home sellers.

Related image

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

Thanks, Amanda.  These are all great tips for any seller wanting to improve the appeal of their home.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 8 months ago

Hello Amanda, You always have great tips for us here in the rain and onceagain I like to relog this down the road.

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 8 months ago

Such a good post, full of useful information that sellers can take to heart and use to get top dollar for their homes.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 8 months ago

Hi Amanda... no doubt that curb appeal is what keeps them coming through the front door. And the little things count so much... otherwise buyers get the idea that there's too much deferred maintenance in the home.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 8 months ago

Roy Kelley thank you! Happy Valentine's Day!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Gabe Sanders thank you!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Will Hamm thank you, I always appreciate when you share my posts. It's such a great compliment!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 thank you! All those little details matter and I know you help you sellers make sure they're in place. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Nina Hollander I completely agree and deferred maintenance is big dollar signs in a buyer's eyes. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Another suggestion I always make is...get the windows cleaned! It makes a very big difference!

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) 8 months ago

Hi Amanda - good advice for all homeowners. Another little detail is light bulbs-they should be bright and all the same color, and like Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR suggests, clean the windows.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) 8 months ago

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR that's another great tip! Thank you for adding to the conversation. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Lottie Kendall I agree, that's definitely an important detail and one that is often overlooked!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

When I present  my tips to sellers as to how they can make their home stand out, and they take advantage of those tips they sell their home quickly and for more money.

Thanks for sharing your tips.

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA (Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty) 8 months ago

Love this post, Amanda - it's chock-full of useful information that will help sellers capitalize on the sale of their home if they do the things you recommend.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 8 months ago

I like the list!  I've seen houses with everything from very personalized to not very.  Once a house was full, and I mean full, of taxidermy* - the head of every animal you can imagine (with photos of the hunter beside the beast he did in), to hoof coat racks, and antler chandeliers.  I'd call that personalized...

* My client was the wife of an attache from the Nicaragua Embassy.  She was freaked out and was afraid of having bad dreams!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 8 months ago

Make sure not to miss the most important component needed for a successful real estate sale... the correct price. Make that number realistic and as the agent or broker don't take over priced listings. Those set the wrong expectation for the seller and they won't show up when the buyer dials in the filter price bracket to eye ball Amanda S. Davidson.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) 8 months ago

Great tips.  They are moving anyway, so start the decluttering!

Posted by Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az (Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living) 8 months ago

Nothing has to be done except keep it neat, johnPrice it to sell especially in cold to Luke warm markets?

Posted by John RE guy 8 months ago

These are all great tips, and I think the most important is curb appeal. If buyers don't come in the home will never sell.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) 8 months ago

Amanda S. Davidson - Congratulations on the feature post! It's packed with excellent tips and great consumer advice too!

You are someone people can count on. Buyers and Sellers are always in excellent hands when they hire you. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 8 months ago

Fantastic tips - thank you for sharing!

 

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) 8 months ago

Good morning, Amanda S. Davidson great post and happy it was featured.... just saw this on a reblog from Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl (Jean Marie)...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 8 months ago

John Wiley it's always so nice when sellers listen and it definitely pays off!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS thank you! It makes such a difference when sellers select the right agent and then implement their advice. Enjoy your Sunday!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Jay Markanich that's definitely personalized. A hoof coat rack?! YIKES! I can't say I blame your client on the fear of nightmares. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Jane Peters I agree, they have to make it through the front door first. Thank you for your comment. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP thank you so much!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl thank you!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Barbara Todaro thank you! I hope you have a great Sunday. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

I really don’t understand how people can be some neglectful of the small things like this, but they all make complete sense

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 8 months ago

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope 2019 is a great year for you.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker 8 months ago

I found your post, thanks to the re-blog button. 

My favorite sentence is this: "Neutral doesn't mean white!" There are some who will disagree with me, but I'd much prefer a grey or a beige than white. All the other tips are spot on, as well. Fix those pesky little problems before it detracts from your bottom line.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 8 months ago

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty you and me both. White leaves a house feeling cold and that's not a good feeling for buyers to have. Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have an excellent week!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

It’s always refreshing when sellers follow our advice and properly prepare their home for the market. It makes selling a much more pleasant experience. 

Posted by Joyce Marsh, Regional Manager Regal Christie's Int'l Realty (Regal | Christie's International Real Estate) 8 months ago

Good morning Amanda. This is terrific and I like the specifics. Donate and purge indeed.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 8 months ago

Joyce Marsh, Luxury Market Specialist it sure does. I love seeing how happy they are with the result of their attention to detail getting their home ready for sale.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Sheila Anderson good morning! Thank you for your kind comment. Donating and purging feels so good, I find myself doing it regularly. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 8 months ago

I couldn’t agree with you more Amanda! People recognize all the details and if there are things that you have overlooked they pick up on it. Preparing the property for market is critical to the successs of the sale.

Posted by Gordon Crawford, Your Morris County Specialist! (Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team) 7 months ago

Gordon Crawford thank you for your comment! It's a lot of work but, it sure pays off when it comes to buyers wanting to make an offer. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 7 months ago

Participate