3 Home Improvements To Turn Around a “Deal-Breaker” For Buyers
Learn how you can quickly change your property’s “deal-breaks” into “deal-makers.”
Every great chapter must come to an end at some point. Sooner or later, you’ll feel ready to sell your current home and move onto a better residence. However, it’s not always easy to get your home sold. Your home may have plenty of terrific features, but prospective buyers will always focus on the not-so-great parts of your property. There are many kinds of home “deal-breakers” that can scare off potential buyers. Fortunately, there are some simple home improvements that you can do to turn those negative aspects into “deal-makers” for prospective buyers.
It’s all about positioning the property in the best possible light for your interested buyers. With a few appropriate and strategic decisions, you can frame the less appealing features of your home in a highly appealing way. Today we’ll dive into a few of the best and simplest home improvements that can turn even the worst “deal-breakers” around for the better.
Deal-breaker #1: Your property is right by a super-busy intersection
Cities are in a constant state of change. New constructions and improvements are consistently being developed in most cities. The nearby streets may have been quieter when you first purchased your home, and now they might be incredibly busy and noisy. Unfortunately, a nearby noisy avenue is rarely on a buyer’s list of property “must-haves.” All that traffic and noise can spell trouble for your home selling experience.
The Solution: Target remote workers
The main drag of living near a busy intersection is how long it will take to leave your home. The busier the intersection, the more difficult it will be to drive to work in the morning. Since the pandemic continues drags on, more and more people are working remotely from the comfort of their homes. So, in this situation, it only makes sense to target those remote workers.
You can attract those remote workers to your property by converting one of your spare guest rooms into an idyllic home office! Trust us: a home office is one of the simplest property improvements that just about anyone can do. You could even take your home office one step further by installing a few smart home devices to make the space even more convenient.
Once remote workers see the opportunity that your property presents for them, they’ll feel more inclined to look over the busy intersection that’s just down the block.
Deal-breaker #2: There’s an eyesore right next door
Prospective homebuyers will have a difficult time enjoying your property when there’s an ugly eyesore just past your fence. Perhaps your neighbors have chosen to paint their home an egregious color or maybe there’s a dilapidated parking lot right next door. Even if you’ve never thought twice about the cemetery next door, you can practically guarantee prospective homebuyers will be immediately turned off by it. If only there was something you could do to cover up that eyesore!
The Solution: Landscaping
You can’t do anything about the view next door. You can, however, obscure the view and make it more pleasing to the eye by revamping the landscaping surrounding your property. Trees, hedges, bushes, and even some new fencing around your home can help revitalize your property and hide away the eyesore next door.
Out of all the home improvements out there, landscaping can be one of the more significant investments. Additionally, your new and improved landscape will not only attract more prospective buyers, but it will also lead to a more significant ROI. Never underestimate the power of a fresh original landscape on your property.
Deal-breaker #3: Your home lacks natural lighting
Every homebuyer has their own personal list of “must-haves.” And most buyers will rank “natural lighting” as one of their top priorities in a home. Older homes can tend to have worse natural lighting due to poor window placement, outdated floor plans, or just poor interior design. If multiple rooms in your home lack natural lighting, you may risk scaring off plenty of prospective buyers.
The Solution: Paint, window treatments, and better lighting features
If your rooms lack natural lighting, then give the space a fresh coat of paint (preferably in a white shade). We’d recommend Benjamin Moore’s Simply White paint. After a quick re-paint of the space, you’ll be left in awe of how much more natural light touches the room.
Don’t forget to give your windows some TLC as well! If you can spare the time and the resources, you may want to swap out the trim around your windows with something lighter and more reflective. You should also take the time to replace your older curtains with lighter linen options. Those newer blinds will help allow the maximum possible amount of natural light into the room.
As a final step in these home improvements, you may want to implement subtle lighting features to increase the light in darker spaces of your home. Don’t be afraid to get creative with these lighting fixtures! Under-cabinet lights and table lamps can offer the perfect means to increase the lighting in darker areas. To top it all off, you may want to replace the older bulbs in your rooms with “bright white” bulbs for a light tone in the room.