Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Make Your North Shore Home Irresistible to Buyers!

As North Shore real estate agents, we frequently get asked how people can make their home more interesting and hard-to-pass-up for buyers. Whether you’re selling a home in Highland Park, Evanston, Skokie, or even Chicago, there are definitely some common features that potential buyers want in a home.

Although the spring market is coming to a close, the summer months are another great time to put your North Shore home on the market. Between the nicer, warmer weather and the transition between school years, many families are looking to find their Evanston or Chicago home in the summer months. With the influx of buyers that will undoubtedly be interested in buying a home on Chicago’s North Shore, it’s important to make sure that your house stands out from the competition.

While putting your North Shore house on the market can be overwhelming, keep in mind that there are some sure-fire ways to give your home that irresistible appeal to potential buyers. You just have to be willing to put in a little work before selling.

Here are four suggestions that will make your Evanston home much more appealing to potential buyers, and they will definitely give you a leg-up on the competition.

1. Make your landscaping picture-perfect. It’s always important to make a good first impression, so having your home’s exterior just as gorgeous as the interior is important. Have a plan on what renovations you’d like to make to your home’s exterior, including paint touch-ups and landscaping. The prettier your house is on the outside, the more people will want to see it on the inside. North Shore real estate agents call this “curb appeal.”

Make sure people know where to go. Believe it or not, with all of the doors people have around their Chicago homes nowadays, it can be hard to figure out where the front door is. Create a “Welcome” sign during showings and make it clear where the buyers are supposed to go. Whether your repaint your door an inviting color, put out a visible welcome mat, or create a path directly to your home’s entrance, the key is to make the potential sellers feel welcome. Make the entrance to your home seem special, not just your average front stoop.

Pay attention to the little details. Believe it or not, buyers look for the little details when they’re looking at a home. In the overall scheme of things, it is the little things that make a house a home. Tidy up and clean your home before the showing, and make little touch-ups on any rooms or details that might need to be repainted. You want your home to look inviting, but you also want it to look as ready-to-live in as possible.

Stage your home perfectly. Believe it or not, a home looks more desirable when it is de-cluttered, depersonalized, and decorated like a model home. The reason for this is that if a buyer looks at a home and it is decorated in an incredibly personal and specific way, then they may not see themselves living there. The key is to make your home look as impersonal as possible, while still looking nice and desirable to live in. The more impersonal the decorating scheme, the more people will be able to see the potential of each space, and the more they can imagine putting their own lives into your home. A clean, but still nice, home-staging job will show the potential of every room and will still allow the buyer to implant themselves and their own belongings into your home.

If you need any assistance with getting your house ready to sell, or even just want some suggestions about how to best navigate the North Shore Real Estate market, don’t hesitate to ask us! We’d love to help you sell your Evanston, Chicago, and North Shore home as quickly as possible, with minimal stress. As Evanston and North Shore real estate agents, we have plenty of experience in helping many Chicago families sell their home!

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Thomas Team
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