What Do Buyer Agents Know About Selling Homes
Turns out-quite a lot! As Exclusive Buyer Agents with Buyer's Edge, we tour lots and lots of houses. We walk to Metro with our clients to understand their daily commute. We visit farmers markets and local restaurants to get the feel of the community. And we tell our home buyers to write a Needs & Wants List . On Monday, we took new clients to fourteen houses. We saw colonials, raised ramblers, ranch style ramblers and contemporary style homes. Since we are Exclusive Buyer Agents, we evaluate homes and property with our clients.
In our humble, yet well traveled opinion, we have advice for home sellers.
Clean Your House-We understand you live in the house you're selling but try to make the bed, flush the toilet and put the dishes away before buyers take a tour
Tone Down the Colors-Lime green living room walls may brighten your mood but it's a big turn off to most Home Buyers. Consider painting walls in neutral colors. If you leave the walls as-is, consider touching up colors so they have neat edges along the ceiling and trim.
Continuity in Style-We toured a house that looked like the circus had come to town! The kitchen had two different style & color wood cabinets with another wood for flooring. The dining room had yellow wall to wall carpet with gray and yellow walls. The adjoining family room had orange carpet and beige/brown walls. This "theme" went on and on throughout the house.
Clear Out the Excess-I mean pictures & papers on the refrigerator, tooth & hair brushes on the sink counter and shoes piled in heaps around doorways. If you are moving anyway, why not clear out now?
Some home buyers want a fixer upper home. They do not mind painting, changing cabinets and fixtures and sanding floors. However this is not the typical attitude of home buyers in the Washington DC area.
If you are selling your home, why not make it easy for them?