Young professionals can be a tough sell these days. Buyers under forty have their own list of requirements in a house that those older than them do not. People who are older tend to not be quite as picky. Interestingly enough, younger buyers are extremely selective when looking at houses. They aren’t willing to sacrifice certain things in a home. This means that you’re going to have to try a lot harder in order to appeal to this age group. It won’t cost you a lot of money to do it, but you are going to have to put some work in! See: Great Decorative Staging Items for the Porch & Patio – Wayfair.
Have your home inspected. Deciding how much money to spend improving your house before putting it on the market is a tough one. What you should do is get an inspection to find out what your home is worth, and then talk to an appraiser to find out how much value those improvements would add to the home. Then you can see if it makes sense to spend.
Don’t forget to get a warranty. Sellers who offer warranties to cover repairs for things such as appliances, AC units, and electrical work, tend to appeal more to buyers. That’s one of the things that buyers love about new homes for example, is that most everything is under warranty. Younger buyers can’t afford to fix a million things if they all break. So, consider buying some warranties for things in the house. Home warranties cost about two to five hundred dollars, and it will help you out to spend the money.
Submit a blueprint for renovations. Younger buyers don’t always realize that everything they see can be changed with a renovation. Sellers can pay for simple drawings that show some renovation options that would work well with the home’s configuration and its lot.
Offer to pay for some of the repairs. Show them what the kitchen would look like if it were renovated. For example, if the kitchen is their only complaint about their house, show them a detailed plan, and offer to pay for some of the renovation (by excluding a few thousand from the list price). See: Neutral Paint Color Choices – Benjamin Moore.
Let light into the house. Make sure that when they see your house it looks airy, and bright. Open all the curtains, and turn on all the lamps (use LED bulbs). It makes rooms look larger, and more open.
Let them know all about the neighborhood. Let them know any and all neighborhood attractions. If they have a small child, tell them about the schools. If they love to play tennis and swim, tell them about the YMCA down the street. Tell them about how great the restaurant just five minutes from the house is. All of these things make a difference.
Paint your walls in a neutral shade. Buyers don’t want to see purple walls, no matter what age they are. In order to appeal to any age group when selling your house, paint any colored walls beige or tan. See: 5 Tips for Staging an Open House – HGTV.