If you’re considering buying a brand-new house from SEDA New Homes or are already in the process, you may need to get the home you’re moving from on the market and sold quickly. Here are four home selling tips that can help.
Declutter and Stage Your Home
If you’ve lived in your home for any length of time, you’ve probably added to your personal belongings in a way that made you feel comfortable. When it comes time to sell your home, though, less can definitely be more. Consider removing personal photos and knick-knacks to help potential buyers envision themselves in the space. It’s also a good idea to remove any religious or political items.
You may also decide to remove excess furniture—and then, take a step back and try to look at your home from the perspective of a buyer who is viewing your home. This may inspire you to move furniture away from your walls and otherwise make it roomy and easy for prospective buyers to walk around without bumping into anything. Reposition your furniture in cozy groupings, making your home look comfortable and friendly.
Also, pay attention to your closets. Every buyer wants to ensure there’s enough storage, right? Remove about half of your closeted belongings and then neatly organize what’s left. Do the same with any cabinets in your home, such as in your kitchen and bathrooms.
Finally, if you’ve got a room that you use mostly for storage, transform it into a functional room, perhaps using furniture that you’ve removed from other rooms to create space.
Price Your Home Strategically
When you first put your home on the market, that’s when you’ll likely get the most traffic to the property. In fact, the first 30 days are crucial.
Trying to decide whether building a new home or buying an existing house is a good “problem” to have, since either one is a path to the advantages of homeownership. There are pros and cons to each, of course, and your individual circumstances are factors in your decision as well. (There’s even a hybrid choice: Buying a brand-new home that’s already been built by a custom home builder!) Since buying any type of home is likely to be the single largest financial transaction you may ever make, it’s worth the time to research your options and know what to consider before putting money down on your next address.
What to know about building a new house.
Building a house is exciting, challenging, and everything in between. Here are a few things to think about if you’ve never had a brand-new home built before:
- Your home can include all of the features you want and none that you don’t, so it can reflect your taste right down to the last detail.
- You probably won’t have to deal with any expensive repairs during the first few years. As Forbes notes in its article, Is Building A New House Realistic?, “No immediate repairs will be needed once you move into the house. It’s obvious that an older home will require more maintenance. You won’t have this type of issue with a brand new home.”
- You can choose to use the latest, most energy-efficient systems, appliances and materials, which can save you money over the life of the home.
- Your home will be built in accordance with up-to-date building codes, which can make it safer and stronger.
- You won’t have to put any sweat equity into knocking down walls or tearing out flooring that doesn’t suit your taste or needs.
There are more than 330,000 communities in the United States governed by a homeowners association (HOA), according to the Community Associations Institute, and research shows that more than three-quarters of these homeowner report a positive experience with their associations. While buying an existing or new construction home in a community with an HOA isn’t for everyone, there are a number of great reasons why these communities are so popular:
Maintenance of Common Areas and Amenities
Developed communities have features that the entire community shares, ranging from landscaped entrances, walking trails and small lakes, to playgrounds and swimming pools. Homeowners’ HOA dues help cover the cost of maintaining these features to keep them attractive and in good working order. Since such costs are spread among all homeowners, the fees in many communities are surprisingly affordable.
A Cohesive Community Appearance
A community’s Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (often referred to as CC&Rs) set out what homeowners can and can’t do to their houses or lots. The result is a neighborhood where lawns are properly maintained, trash receptacles are out of view, house colors are pleasing, and the community has a streamlined appearance overall. This doesn’t mean that personal touches or changes can’t be made, just that homeowners will need to have planned changes approved before implementing them. In general, a uniform appearance to homes in the community preserves the same look and ambience that attracted home buyers in the first place.
Help With Property Matters
If problems arise with neighbors concerning property matters, having an HOA can help in two ways: The community rules and regulations may be enough to settle any dispute, or the board of directors or other HOA committees can help the two sides communicate to hopefully resolve the issue.
A True Sense of Community
Buyers in a planned community may often be more engaged with one another than residents of other types of neighborhoods because they share an interest in the good of the community as a whole.