Accentuate The Positives


There are many things that factor into the value of a home, but the underline price you will get for your home is only what someone is willing to pay for it.  Every home has positive (and negative) attributes.  In order to get top dollar and a short market time is to focus on what is good with your home and each room, and make it clear to the buyers.  Not every buyer is looking for the same thing, but there are some basic features that can be generalized as good or bad.

Positive Attributes Negative Attributes
  • Large Yard
  • Landscaping/Sprinkler Systems
  • Two-Car Garage
  • Deck/Patio
  • Outdoor Living Area
  • Energy-Efficient Windows/Insulation/Appliances
  • Picture Windows/Sliding or French Doors
  • Grand Foyer
  • Wood Floors
  • Built-in Shelving
  • Fireplace
  • Hi-Hat Lighting/Fans/Chandeliers
  • Lots of Storage Space/Closets
  • Kitchen with Island
  • Home Office
  • Master Suite with Spa-Like Bathroom
  • Large Rooms
  • Family Room or Additional Great Room
  • Finished Basement
  • Location of Home
  • Uninviting Curb Appeal
  • No Garage
  • Unappealing or No Landscape
  • Peeling Exterior Paint/Bad Paint Colors
  • Old Roof
  • Old Windows/Doors
  • Small or Awkward Layout
  • Carpeting
  • Outdated Kitchen and Bathrooms
  • Small Bedrooms
  • Limited Ceiling Lighting
  • Structural Problems
  • Electrical Problems
  • Plumbing Problems
  • Poor Schools
  • Clutter/mess
  • Strong smells (good or bad)
  • Lack of closets/cabinets/storage

Some of these negative features can have a real impact on whether the buyer makes an offer or not, and if an offer is made how much will they take off the sales price to budget in improving these features. Some features are just out of your control; for instance, the location of your home is impossible to change.  However, you can play up the good features and downplay or fix certain problems.

Walk through your house and make note of each of the positive features. Make sure that your large picture windows aren’t being covered by old or unsightly curtains.  Add a colorful centerpiece to the draw more attention to an island in your kitchen.  For more tips and tricks or to have a personal evaluation of your home, call Helen today at 847.967.0022 or email [email protected].