I once listed a house that was about 23 years old. It still contained appliances in the kitchen that were as old as the house. These appliances look very old-style, and didn't present a great look of the kitchen. In the contrary, other features in the house looked great. But the kitchen appliances immediately took my attention, and as I considered them, I was aware that any home buyer would want to take a second look at them before making an offer on the house.
Potential home buyers will undoubtedly have fears when faced with old furniture and appliances that have suffered the wear of time. The house needed cleaning, and the appliances needed to look even better if the seller was to present it well. I advised the seller to do some serious cleaning, and if possible, to replace the old furnitures and appliances with new ones.
Cleaning the house, removing stains, and rust will make the house look more presentable. Buyers will always want to look inside, they'll want to make sure that the house looks clean. But there is another reason for cleaning, and renovating the house before you put it up for sale. Buyers will want to feel that you're not tired of the property and are throwing it away. When you clean up the house and replace old appliances with new ones, you make the buyers feel how much you value the property, and you also convince them that the property has been well taken care of.
At times, the age of the house can affect its value so negatively that you don't even think any improvement will convince buyers. But the seller of the house I listed was able to make a great deal from the new kitchen appliances. Knowing that home buyers like stainless steel, I advised my friend to replace the old ones with stainless steel appliances. The results of the replacement were remarkable: the house was sparkling, and those who looked at it were immediately drawn to it as well. My seller was able to make a great deal on the house.
Kitchen appliances can sell a house, but this isn't something that happens in every situation. The appliances should not be so different from what the actual comparables are offering. You do not put appliances for a $1 million house on a house listed for just $300,000. Buyers will be able to see the marked difference. The appliances should improve the look of the house, without standing out as flattery. Home buyers have a knack for being cautious and detailed, and they'll easily know that your appliances are just there for sheer improvement.
My general advice to any home seller is to always make sure that a thorough cleaning is done on the property before it is listed for sale. There is a high competition in real estate, and as a home seller, you should make your house as clean and as attractive as possible. Home buyers can get turned off with simple things like flaking paint, towels thrown on appliances, and stains on the wall. Before you list your for sale, make sure you go through the list of things you need to improve. This is an investment that will pay off in the long run.
I am a licensed member of the Real Estate Council of Alberta since 2005 - proudly representing CIR REALTY, Calgary’s largest real estate brokerage. I enjoy keeping my readers up to date with real estate related information that they can easily understand and use for their own benefit. I welcome feedbacks and comments equally from first-time visitors to my blog, past clients and also from my fellow REALTOR® colleagues. Thanks for stopping by!