When you’re out to sell, you want your property to stand out in the real estate market – go big or you’re stuck in your home, right? Making sure your La Quinta home makes a spectacular debut on the market is key to making sure your property sells, but if you still find yourself without buyers, you may want to consider whether your home is a bit too high-maintenance to attract buyer interest.
Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire
Certain features in your home make look good on a magazine page, but are often uncomfortably time- and resource-consuming to maintain off the glossy paper. A sprawling desert garden becomes less appealing when a buyer considers how much work (and how much water) goes into maintaining it, and those cozy carpeted rooms may not be the best choice for a buyer with children who don’t yet have a handle on not knocking over juice cups. Look at your property with a buyer’s eyes, and consider whether you’d be willing to shoulder the home’s maintenance work the moment you signed the mortgage papers. If the answer is no, downsize before it goes on the market.
Make It Move-in Ready
So the garage might need a new coat of paint, and that bedroom wallpaper has certainly seen better days – but that’s not really going to scare off buyers, right? Wrong. Buyers want a home that they can move in to with a minimum of work. If your home requires a dozen little projects before they can settle in and start enjoying their new place, you’ll find more and more buyers shying away from signing that contract. Even if your property is otherwise desirable, potential buyers may wind up demanding the price be knocked down a few digits if they’re going to have to wind up footing the bill for improvements. Get your home cleaned up and made over before it even goes up on the market.
Bills, Bills, Bills
A buyer can tell at a glance when a potential new home might wind up costing them big on monthly utility bills. When water bills alone can throw a budget for a loop, you want to make sure potential buyers know that your home is a sound investment – and that it might wind up saving them money in the long run. Make home and garden improvements with an eye toward energy-saving and conservation. Energy-saving appliances and hardware are the modern standard, and often come with government rebates to sweeten the deal. Take a look at your outdoor property and consider whether you can improve not only your water consumption, but also the level of maintenance required to keep it looking great. Water-thrifty gardening doesn’t have to mean you give up on a lush, beautiful outdoors: succulents are not only the heavyweight champions of the water-thrifty vegetation world, but are also currently a hot trend in gardening, with the available varieties growing by the day. Succulents are also famously low-maintenance plants, and can survive even the least green-thumbed gardener. Plan your garden smartly, and you’ll have a beautiful and low-maintenance sight for potential buyers to behold.
Don’t let your own property shoot your chances of a sale in the foot. Know what your buyers do and don’t want in a home, and prepare appropriately to present your product in the best possible light: beautiful, functional, and low-maintenance.