Selling a Home – 7 Inexpensive Kitchen Modifications

Selling a Home - 7 Inexpensive Kitchen Modifications

When selling a home, a beautiful kitchen will help bring top dollar. If you already have a functional kitchen, then making these 7 inexpensive kitchen modifications can help you get your home sold for more money.  You don’t have to do an expensive remodel to make your kitchen appealing to buyers.

Here’s 7 inexpensive Kitchen modifications when selling a home!

  1. Clear the counters of any appliances or items that clutter the counter space. You want the counters space to be free and look as open as possible.  Every buyer will want to know the counters are large enough for them to use.  So even though it’s a hassle, put away everything that’s on the counters prior to a showing or open house.
  2. Remove those hanging racks for pots and pans. I know they are useful, especially if you have a small kitchen, but they are a definite turn off to buyers.  Sorry!
  3. Make sure the counters are clean before every showing. Buyers will set their personal belongings on the kitchen counter when they do their walkthrough of the house, so you want it free from any thing that is sticky.  Surprisingly, this is also where most of the agents will write their clients offers and you don’t want their last impression to be dirty counter tops.
  4. Lighting can make or break a kitchen, so make sure to have as much lighting in the kitchen as possible. Sometimes you will need to add lighting under the top cabinets to accomplish this.  Just remember to turn them on prior to any showings because most buyers will not know they are there to turn on.  If you have windows, make sure to have the blinds open to let as much sunlight in as possible.
  5. If the kitchen is still dark after adding lights, then try looking at having the exterior of the cabinets painted or resurfaced in a light color. You would be surprised at how much of a change you can obtain by painting the cabinets.  I have had buyers comment many times on how nice the cabinets look, when I know all the seller did was have then painted.
  6. Don’t forget the flooring! Kitchens have relatively small flooring space, so consider replacing the flooring if it looks warn or old in the least bit.  You don’t want to go wild and spend a lot of money on exotic hardwood, something inexpensive that looks good and matches the kitchen will work.
  7. Lastly make sure the appliances are clean and look nice. You don’t need to upgrade to stainless steel or anything like that but make sure the inside of the oven and microwave are clean.  If they are not clean, buyer’s will wonder if they need to be replaced and will lower their offer price.

The kitchen is one of the biggest factors buyers use to determine if they have an interest in your home. If you are thinking of selling a home, this is where you want to spend your time before you list your home for sale.  Don’t neglect the rest of the house either, but this is where you should spend your resources if you are on a tight budget or time crunch.

If you have any questions or want to sell please fell free to contact me…

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Lansing Real Estate News – March 2018

Lansing Real Estate News – March 2018

If you’re interested in Lansing real estate news, you might be asking, “What were the hottest selling homes in 2017 for the Lansing Area?” According to the Greater Lansing Association of Realtors, Mason, St. Johns and Waverly school districts saw the average home sales price rise by over 10% from 2016. DeWitt, Laingsburg, Potterville, Okemos and Williamston saw their average home sales prices rise by less than 5% from 2016.

Remember our housing market is just like any other commodity.

It’s driven by supply and demand. In some areas we have more new homes being built than others, which is providing more supply in certain school districts than others.

By now you probably have heard we are in a seller’s market due to so few homes on the market. If you live in Holt, Mason or DeWitt you probably noticed a lot fewer homes on the market. Those school districts saw a decrease of at least 10% inventory.

How can DeWitt be on both lists?

What’s going on? Well, DeWitt had a drop in the number of homes on the market in 2017, but the number of homes on the market was still higher than the demand. DeWitt had 14.8% decrease in number of homes on the market in 2017 but only saw a 2% increase in average sales price. This isn’t necessarily bad news! The correction in 2017 should make for a much better market in 2018!

More good Lansing real estate news!

If you have a 3 bedroom home that has a value of $180,000 or above, you saw an increase in demand. 4 bedroom homes over $200,000 also saw an increase in total number of homes sold. In fact, in 2017 we sold about 15% more homes in this price range than we did in 2016. Pretty good considering we had 8% fewer homes go up for sale in this same price range!

If you would like to see this information specific to your school district and value range, please contact me. I would be glad to explain this in more detail. I also have information specific to neighborhoods.

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List Your Home in January or February

List your home in January or February

WHY list your home in January or February? I wanted to share with everyone today about one of the discussions I have been having with people who are thinking of selling their homes this Spring.

There is a big advantage when you list your home for sale prior to March 1st!

I have included a graph that shows how many homes have sold each month for the past 5 years. The key to this chart is to know that it takes 30 to 45 days from the time a seller receives an accepted offer to the time of closing. So, you can see June is the month we have the most closings but those properties that closed in June actually had accepted offer back in April or May.

With that in mind, you can see our sales really start to increase in March. The March closings were properties that had accepted offers in January and February.

One of the things I have noticed is the homes I list for sale in the Fall will receive showings and maybe offers but then they really get hot during January and February. It’s hard to believe it but it’s been happening for the last few years.

Here are some reasons to list your home in January or February:

  1. Serious buyers are willing to shop for homes in the snow and cold weather.
  2. Agents tend to only work with pre-qualified buyers during the cold and snow.
  3. The buyers who lost out on homes last year are much more aggressive now.
  4. Companies hire after the first of the year, so relocation is best right after the Holidays.
  5. There is less competition now than there will be in a few months when more homeowners put their homes up for sale.
  6. Buyers will be receiving their tax refunds soon and they will now have funds available for a down payment.
  7. You can still schedule showings around your schedule. You are still in control.

I hope this helps explain our winter market. If you have any questions or want to sell please fell free to contact me.

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