If a client is thinking about listing their home, there are ways to attract homebuyers during this unprecedented time.
While curb appeal ideas and implementing strategic home staging are still worthy endeavors in appealing to homebuyers, an ideal home office or an entertainment-worthy backyard may have found renewed interest for today’s homebuyers.
Here are 9 tips to help sellers during coronavirus.
Developments in virtual home tours, 3D walkthroughs, and the ability to close remotely with online notaries due to COVID-19 have made the homebuying and selling process easier than ever. Along with these advancements in real estate technology, services such as virtual staging, virtual home inspections, and even virtual interior design have grown in popularity.
1. Make your home shine online with virtual staging
Whether you’re listing a single-family home for sale in San Bernardino or a duplex for sale in Sacramento, staging your home is one of the most integral parts of the process. It gives potential buyers an opportunity to visualize themselves living in your space, which can make or break a deal.
Given the current climate, not everyone wants a professional stager to enter their house. That’s why virtual staging services have become a popular alternative. Virtual staging allows stagers to create comfortable and aesthetically pleasing atmospheres without ever setting foot inside. While in-person staging will likely return post-coronavirus, virtual staging will remain a convenient and favorable option when getting your house ready to sell.
2. Organize the interior with a virtual organizing and decluttering service
As with virtual staging, many have found virtual organizing services to be an affordable and convenient way to receive advice on how to organize and declutter their space. Some organizers even claim that working virtually allows them to have longer organizing sessions with their clients, resulting in more in-depth appointments. However, one of the most compelling reasons to try a virtual organizing session is that you get to work hands-on with your space. By allowing a professional organizer to virtually guide a seller through the organization process, they can integrate their new skills long after the session ends.
3. Invest in professional photography
With the ability to buy and sell almost entirely online, it’s more important than ever to make sure the home’s online appearance is top-notch. While it may be tempting to forego the expense of professional real estate photos and do it yourself, the house will likely sell faster and for more money if you go with a professional. Investing in a real estate photographer will ensure that your home is presented in its best light when you list.
In the case that your home is located on a large plot of land or has a spectacular view you want to show off, consider having aerial photos taken of the home. With advancements in drone photography, this service is more affordable than ever and is able to capture your home’s most prominent features from a whole new perspective.
4. Turn unused space into a home gym or office
Activities such as working and exercising from home are a new experience that many weren’t prepared for. However, now people have begun to recognize the value of additional space.
If you have an unfinished basement, a spare bedroom, or an insulated garage, take the time to transform it into a usable and desirable space. Whether it functions as a home office, gym, indoor garden, or something else, having a bonus area that buyers can customize to their individual needs will certainly provide value to your home in the eyes of today’s homebuyers.
5. Make your backyard a horticulturist’s dream
When the coronavirus initially struck, produce and even proteins were in short supply at local grocery stores. This shortage ultimately gave people a greater appreciation for being able to grow their own food from the comfort of home. Taking the time to build a garden bed in a previously unused part of your backyard will bring life to your outdoor space and be an added bonus in the eyes of the buyer.
6. Create a space to grow food indoors
Indoor gardening has seen a rise in popularity since the beginning of the pandemic. Having a proper place for an indoor garden within your home can be a bonus from a buyer’s perspective. Also, an indoor garden can be a rewarding and educational project for the whole family. The ideal location for an indoor garden receives a lot of natural light and has an average temperature of 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. After that, choose vegetables and herbs that thrive indoors such as lettuces, carrots, tomatoes, arugula, etc.
With the time that’s being spent at home, a beautiful space for outdoor entertainment has taken on a whole new level of importance. Investing a little time and money into your outdoor space will provide a range of benefits to the homeowner while adding value to a home when it comes time to sell. Incorporate elements like a wooden porch swing, lawn games, outdoor lighting, or even a DIY firepit.
7. Build a deck for relaxing, entertainment, and more
Adding a deck is a great way to boost an outdoor living experience, and adds living space at a fraction of the price of a fully enclosed living area. Expect to pay from $25 to $35 per square foot versus an enclosed addition which can run from $100 to $150 per square foot. Deck space also adds to the overall value of a home and will be an asset when it’s time to sell.
8. Put up a fence for added privacy
Having a fence that provides privacy without being an eyesore is another great way to improve an outdoor living area and appeal to buyers. There are a variety of aesthetic fencing materials such as wood, vinyl, aluminum, wrought iron and composite all of which can range in price and require varying degrees of maintenance. So before you run to the hardware store and start building a fence yourself, we suggest consulting with professionals to determine what material is best for you and your home.
9. Give your exterior the facelift it deserves
Investing in an outdoor space that acts as a getaway can be one of the best ways to relieve stress and provide entertainment, while simultaneously adding to a homes curb appeal and overall value. Whether it’s sprucing up your lawn, adding exterior features like a fountain or a pool, or giving the walkway some love, investing in your home’s curb appeal will make buyers eager to picture themselves living there.