Though you love your home and have priced it reasonably, you can’t seem to sell it. This situation is frustrating and is often caused by poor home design decisions. Consider upgrading these aspects of your home to avoid unnecessary complications with the selling process.
When you take the time to improve your house design, you are enhancing your home’s resell value in many ways and making your home much easier to sell. For example, upgrades to elements such as your home’s siding make your home feel more modern and can even improve its heating and cooling efficiency in ways that your potential buyers will appreciate.
Just as importantly, your renovations should provide enhanced aesthetic beauty as well as a new and practical element to your home. Though buyers are often swayed by the curb appeal of a home more than other aspects, most buyers are smart enough to avoid buying a money pit based on appearance alone. You need to take the time to enhance your home’s look and design in many ways.
If you’re interested in upgrading your home to sell it more quickly on the real estate market, you should consider the following design elements. Most of these will focus on the exterior of your home – as these impact the resell value the most – but there are many interior design improvements that you should also consider. This list is by no means comprehensive, but should give you a good idea of where to start.
If you paid little attention to your landscaping in your home design, you’re doing yourself a grave disservice. The landscaping of your home is one of the most essential parts of your home’s curb appeal. Curb appeal is critical because it will make your home more attractive to a variety of home buyers and create an excellent and high-quality look that few buyers will be able to resist.
Just as importantly, you can create fun and exciting areas to enjoy even if you don’t end up selling your home. For example, a new swimming pool or hot tub can make your home more comfortable and appealing to upscale buyers. However, even gardens and decorative elements can create an appealing look that will make people check out your home and intrigue them into purchasing it.
The garage door is one of those elements of your home style that you probably don’t think about very much when trying to sell your home. However, a garage door is a massive part of your home and can have a surprising impact on its overall style. For example, an ugly garage door will draw down the appeal of your home and make fewer people interested in purchasing it.
Just as importantly, you typically get nearly 100 percent of your costs in a home sale back when you upgrade your garage door, so try to make your garage door more attractive and appealing by improving its overall appearance or by adding a faster or more efficient door. Though you may not notice it every day when you come home, your potential buyers will take note of it before purchase.
If you haven’t updated your home design with simple elements like stone veneer, you need to as soon as possible. High-quality stone veneer offers a surprisingly high return on your investment, typically about 97 percent of your costs, when you make a sale. This makes stone veneer an attractive upgrade option that will make your home worth more and help you sell it more quickly than you would have otherwise.
Try to add stone veneer on areas that are best enhanced by its design. You shouldn’t add this design all over your home because it may become gaudy instead of attractive. As with all elements of home style, you need to use as little as possible to enhance but not detract from your home’s beauty. Talk to a home builder or real estate agent to get a better idea of how much stone veneer is enough.
A large wooden deck provides you a high return on your investment – almost 83 percent – by providing a comfortable place to sit outside. Wood decks have a classy look that makes them more appealing than composite decks or patios. Try to make the wooden deck large enough to fit along one side of the home without making it so large that it detracts from the beauty of your home.
balance, again, is the key to success here. Your deck should be large enough for several chairs and maybe even a swing. Any more significant than that and you run the risk of creating a sprawling and unappealing deck that will negatively impact your home value and decrease your selling speed. Typically, you should stick to a deck no larger than 16 by 20 feet.
So far, we’ve focused mostly on exterior elements of your home because these are the most visual and impact your home resell value the most. However, you shouldn’t create a beautiful home exterior and neglect the interior. This can cause a lot of disappointment in a potential buyer: it’s like opening up the most beautifully decorated gift only to discover coal.
For example, you should upgrade your kitchen to make your home more appealing and attractive to large families. Add new cabinets, some stainless-steel appliances, and improved countertops to enhance the style. New flooring might be a good idea, too, as long as your home needs it. Upgrading the kitchen design for more modern looks is never a bad idea in this situation.
While you’re renovating your home, you should also consider upgrading your bathroom to attract better attention from buyers. New tiles, fixtures, toilets, counters, and even lighting fixtures will attract more buyers and make your home design more appealing to a more significant number of buyers. Don’t spend a lot of money here, but focus your upgrade in a way that enhances your value without affecting your bottom line.
If you’re interested in upgrading your Marion or Cedar Rapids, IA home design but need help with a lot of the more challenging aspects, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Martin Built Homes today to learn more. Our professionals can help you better understand the design aspects of your house and will provide you with the help that you need to sell your home more quickly.