In 2017 alone, Canadians splashed out $19 billion on American homes. The majority of these homes were in Florida. With Florida continually seen as an appealing location to live, you could find yourself in a favorable situation should you be looking to sell your property. There are various factors to consider in order to make the most of your home’s prospective resale value, and to make it as appealing to as many different people as possible.
Accessibility is important
It’s worth bearing in mind the different reasons that people buy property. Some will be looking for their first home, while others may be upsizing to accommodate a family. Others may be seniors with particular physical impairments. On the other hand, given the rise in properties being rented out in Florida, you could well end up selling to an investor who will be leasing out the residence. Even if that’s the case, make sure you prioritize making your property accessible to all. For example, a level driveway with easy access to the front door will be particularly helpful for seniors or those with limited mobility, as well as families with young children and strollers. Having a bathroom downstairs can also be a deal-breaker; it takes out the need to ascend potentially hazardous stairs.
Prioritize the outside as well as the inside
They say it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but when it come to houses, the outside is vital too. After all, your goal is to make people want to come in to the property. Focus on the yard: if need be, spruce up the lawn and add some simple but appealing plants. A well-landscaped yard can boost property value in Florida by up to 14%. Keep things clean and tidy in order to make the property all the more inviting from the front.
Clean and declutter the property
Clutter is bad news when it comes to homes. Not only has clutter been shown to cause stress, but it also makes rooms seem smaller, messier and less inviting. These are not things you want prospective buyers to be associating with your home. With this in mind, focus on creating as much space in each room as possible. The entrance room is particularly important in this respect: this will be the first impression people get as they enter the home. Keep floors clear and shelves free of unnecessary clutter. Meanwhile, make sure your home is clean from top to bottom. It goes without saying this will make your home far more appealing than if viewers are met with dust and dirt.
Put the time into prepping your home
It certainly helps if your home doesn’t need much doing to it to make it appealing to the masses. However, whatever state your home is in, you need to make sure you prepare appropriately in order to maximize its selling potential. Put yourself in a buyer’s shoes, and make sure you address the key things that will make people want to buy it – inside and out.