What do buyers fall for?

In today’s economic climate, few buyers can afford to purchase a house that is exactly the way they want it or to build brand new. Therefore, fixer-uppers are becoming more popular, and in many cases the opportunity to take on a project is a part of the excitement.
In today’s economic climate, few buyers can afford to purchase a house that is exactly the way they want it or to build brand new. Therefore, fixer-uppers are becoming more popular, and in many cases the opportunity to take on a project is a part of the excitement.

A recent study by economic think tank Kiplinger surveyed thousands of recent homebuyers to determine the elements that made them “fall in love” with a house.  

Here are common improvements to consider before selling.

Good bones

Few buyers can afford to purchase a house that is exactly the way they want it or to build brand new. 

Fixer-uppers are becoming popular and in many cases the opportunity to take on a project is a part of the excitement.

Most homebuyers want a home that has a good base, but plenty of opportunity to make improvements to make it their own.

“Good bones” means that with some TLC and cosmetic changes, the house can be transformed while embracing the charm and character of the foundation elements. 

A knockout front door

Love at first sight must happen with homes and to make a great first impression, the front door is key.

The most efficient way to improve the front door is to repaint it. But if you have the time and budget, consider a door that stands out with style and character.  

Sky-high ceilings

High ceilings are high on the list of features.

However, this is not possible for every home. An easy improvement could be painting your entry white, ceilings and all.

Another tip is to position art slightly lower to give the illusion of high ceilings, or try hanging a mirror so that a window can be reflected in it.

Standing out

Most new neighbourhoods are lined with modern designs that appear identical. “Brand new home” is a selling point, but it can be hard to stand out. 

One option is to repaint the house, to remodel the front garden and add in new lighting fixtures.

  • There are pros and cons of buying an older home or a brand new home. Potential buyers should consider all of their options and get advice from professionals before committing.