Whether you’ve inherited an old home or are selling an older home of your own, you may be wondering how to market your older home to young buyers. Reeling in the right buyers in the Houston, Texas area may require just a few trade secrets that come at little to no cost.
Make a List of Features
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What features does your home possess that potential buyers are interested in? Make a list of those items such as:
- All appliance included
- Lots of windows
- Updated countertops
- Fenced backyard
- Updated bathrooms
- Bonus room for office
- Large rooms with plenty of living space
Finding an older home with any sort of update is a bonus. Be sure to list all the great features and leave out those in need of repair.
Get a Home Inspection
While it’s possible to sell your house as-is, it’s best to get a home inspection to identify any potential problems. Small items like needing fresh paint are not a big item but if the roof needs to be replaced, you’ll want to disclose that.
Would-be young buyers in the Houston market are more likely to purchase homes that have been inspected by a reputable company.
Buy a Warranty
You can also buy a home warranty to go along with the sale of your home. In addition, if you have any transferrable warranties on your home such as foundation repair or a roof, make sure you inform buyers about those, as well. Make sure to outline what the home warranty covers and when and if there will be deductibles involved.
Older homes come with dirt from all the life that took place inside them. That dirt, however, is something that needs to be taken care of to make your home more attractive. You can dig in and do this yourself (enlist your kids and friends) or hire someone to do it.
Special items to pay attention to are tile in the kitchen and bathroom, appliances if staying with the home, floors, porches, and windows.
If you want to sell your house fast it’s a good idea to stage it. Staging includes a few essential items:
- Empty closets
- Remove as much furniture as possible
- Take artwork off the wall
- Keep kitchens and bathroom pristine
- Make sure beds are made and curtains and blind are open
You may have to rent a storage facility in order to remove some of your furniture, but younger buyers need to see themselves in the space. That means showing big walls for artwork, lots of closet space, and bathrooms and a kitchen that are clean and not full of counter debris.
Take Updated Pictures
Whether you sell the house on your own or use a realtor, you’ll need updated pictures once you’ve cleaned and staged your home. Make a flyer and leave it on your porch or next to the for sale sign so potential buyers can have an inside idea of what the home looks like.
Following these easy tips will help you to sell your older home quicker than you think!