As an Amarillo, TX appraiser with years of experience, I know how important the appraisal process is, and what matters most. I recently discussed the advantages of good landscaping —how it won’t raise your value but it just might get your home sold faster—and I’d like to look at the other aspects of your home that make buyers take a second look.
In this world of Pinterest and Instagram, home buyers are on top of the latest trends in aesthetics and gadgets. If your home encompasses any of these trends, social-savvy buyers may be that much more likely to be impressed.
1. The Smart Home
When Google bought Nest for $3.2 billion, it wasn’t just the world’s tech leaders that took notice; homeowners are increasingly looking at in-home technology: Thermostats that adjust according to your behavior, kitchen appliances that keep food from burning. The key here is to not go overboard; don’t overspend, but think of one cool, on-trend item that can make you stand apart.
2. Color—or Lack Thereof
Every new year sees a new color trend, and for 2014, it’s black. 74% of respondents to a Houzz.com survey said they liked black accents. It modernizes a home and makes a bold statement. Just keep it minimal—an accent wall, a bathroom, or a fireplace mantel.
3. Embracing Nature
It’s all about the natural look and feel of things these days, meaning natural materials, light, and surroundings. This means bamboo floors, butcher block counters, skylights, and wood grain anything. Don’t spend a fortune: Pick up an old wood table from the flea market, refurbish it yourself, and put a great, big aloe plant on top.
You’re trying to sell your home, so you don’t want to spend too much, but think of small ways to incorporate big trends, and you’ll stand out from the crowd.
Contact me today for a fast, professional pre-sales real estate appraisal.