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What Buyers Say They Want in a House

by Rick Jarzembowski 11/12/2018

While many homes are sold on the basis of emotional appeal or location, there are plenty of other factors which can help tip the scales in your direction. As a home seller, the more advantages and desirable features you can offer to potential buyers, the greater your chances of attracting multiple offers.

If your kitchen and bathrooms haven't been updated for decades, that could easily become a major stumbling block to attracting qualified buyers. Unless their plan is to remodel your kitchen after they buy your home (which is not likely), house hunters are generally not going to look kindly upon old laminate counter tops -- especially those with the ghastly colors from the sixties and seventies! The good news about making your outdated kitchen and home more marketable is that you have the option of resurfacing old countertops rather that completely replacing them.

Although it's generally a good idea to have professionals do this, you can cosmetically improve the appearance of your kitchen countertops by resurfacing them with granite sheets or tile. Resurfacing is also a relatively inexpensive way to help restore aging kitchen cabinets -- another aspect of your home that potential buyers are going to notice.

According to a recent study, quite a few buyers are drawn to features like stainless steel appliances, subway tiles, farmhouse sinks, Shaker cabinets, exposed brick, pendant lights, and quartz countertops. By the way, Quartz does offer some advantages over granite because it's more scratch resistant, maintenance free, and doesn't need to be sealed or polished.

Other features which attract home buyers include energy-efficient windows and appliances, sufficient insulation in attic and elsewhere (many older homes lack this), low-maintenance flooring (not carpeting), roofing that's been replaced within the past decade, finished or semi-finished basements, first-floor/separate laundry rooms, newer hot water heaters (extra points for tankless units), outdoor security lighting, fenced backyards, and dry basements. If you do have issues with excess moisture or leaks in your basement, it may be helpful to install a sump pump, a dehumidifier, French drains, or other dry basement remedies to address those issues before they're brought up by prospective buyers.

While there are certain aspects of your property that can not be changed, such as proximity to neighbors or the school district in which you're located, their are plenty of cost effective ways to improve the appearance and functionality of your home before you try to sell it. To identify problems before they become obstacles, some homeowners hire a property inspector to point out issues. That way, they're not blindsided by unexpected structural, mechanical, electrical, drainage, or energy conservation issues they might not be aware of. In addition to a reputable property inspector, a seasoned real estate agent can also be one of your best advisors when you're ready to put your home on the market.

About the Author

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Rick Jarzembowski

Rick Jarzembowski’s dedicated, professional reputation in the Washtenaw County real estate market has been built on providing excellent customer service. For more than 30 years Rick has helped over 1,200 individuals and families with their Real Estate needs.

With Rick, you know you’re getting a committed professional who stays by your side throughout your entire real estate transaction, while making it an enjoyable experience.

His strong and effective business, marketing and negotiating skills are uniquely coupled with his keen ability to understand his clients' tastes and needs. Rick has been a leader in Washtenaw County real estate sales for over 30 years, yearly recognized as a top-producing agent in the County. His in-depth community and market knowledge along with his high-quality professional network have afforded him the expertise to deal with a broad array of real estate needs. He is an expert not only in residential homes sales and purchases, but also with rental investment properties, relocation transactions, new construction, and lake home sales.

Rick has served on numerous committees for the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors and Michigan Association of Realtors. These appointments provide him with a comprehensive understanding of housing policies and reinforce his extensive knowledge of the local housing market. He is focused on keeping up with the latest trends, laws, and technology in the real estate industry.

Rick’s dedication to his community and family is undeniable. Born and raised in Michigan, he has strong ties to this community and the state and knows the importance of investing in it. He stays connected and supports this community by volunteering with countless service organizations. He is equally passionate about investing back into the community as he is with providing exceptional customer service. He enjoys all that Southeast Michigan has to offer from sports events to the numerous visual and performing art events that frequent the area. As an avid sailor, skier, hiker, and golfer, he knows the beautiful landscape Michigan has to offer.

As his client, you’ll appreciate that as a longtime area resident and small business owner he knows and understands the community and local market. He is able to provide insightful information and strategic marketing plans for home sellers that get their home sold fast and for top dollar. Buyers can count on Rick to use his knowledge and industry expertise to help them find the perfect home in a timely manner.

Rick’s reputation has been built one client at a time by providing exceptional customer service and exceeding expectations. He is a trusted resource who has had hundreds of clients turn to him, time and time again, with their real estate needs. His industry knowledge and client focused approach have repeatedly come through for his customers. Contact him today!