Home Selling Tip: How To Create a Home-Buyer Magnet

Home Selling Tip: Creating a Home-Buyer MagnetI know, your home selling experience probably hasn’t been much fun. But wait! Here’s a home selling tip that will make your home more desirable to buyers while simultaneously making it more fun to live in while you wait:

All you need to do is identify a small space in your home, such as an attic, basement or windowless room that is currently being used to store boxes, broken objects or forgotten toys and transform it into a highly functional destination within your home.

For example, I once had a house with a small, windowless room which the previous owner used to store her vacuum cleaner, mops and cleaning supplies. When I moved in, my first order of business was to transform it into a reading room and library.

I painted the walls yellow, brought in a few tall bookshelves and a comfortable chair, rug and reading lamp and suddenly I had a tranquil retreat that became my favorite room in the house!

Here are five other ideas for turning your “extra space” into a “go-to place” that home buyers will treasure:

  1. Gym or Yoga Studio: Put a mirror on the wall, bring in some free weights or exercise equipment, add a little music system and you’ve got yourself a new gym without any membership fees.
  2. Wine Cellar: Do you have a cool, dark space in your home that isn’t getting much attention except from spiders? Creating a wine cellar might be just the ticket. Add a few wine racks, stencil some grape vines on the wall and bring in a tall bistro table and chairs and you’ll raise a few eyebrows amongst oenophillic home buyers.
  3. Kids Playroom: Got toys? Got noise? Playrooms are a great idea for controlling clutter and will attract home buyers with kids, grandkids or frequent young visitors. Add a few storage bins or shelves and lay down some play mats and you’ve just scored points with many house hunters.
  4. Hobby Studio: Anyone with a creative bent will appreciate a room dedicated to their passion, whether it’s painting, model-building, jewelry-making, writing, practicing an instrument or recording music.
  5. Media or Game Room: Whether you’re a ping-pong champion, pinball wizard, Wii lover or movie buff, you can quickly create a fun zone by installing a mini fridge and popcorn maker next to your favorite pastime device.

For hundreds of other home selling tips that will give you an advantage over your competition read Home Seller’s Blues and How To Beat Them. Available in paperback and as an ebook from Amazon.com and at http://www.homesellersblues.com.

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Another good idea is to improve the first impression of your house. It’s front yard and exterior. I had a pretty beat up roof so I found a roofing repair charlotte nc company that fixed it up and my house sold much faster and for more money.

Exterior curb appeal and web appeal are both critical in today’s market. My blog post from 5/31 covers the “web appeal”angle. And of course, fixing a roof or any other item to improve your home inspection report is a major plus for sellers.

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