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Things Buyers Avoid When House Hunting in Hilton Head Island

Things Buyers Avoid When House HuntingHome buyers of today expect more and are willing to overlook less when searching for a home, whether it’s their first or fifth. Not every home is move-in ready, and buyers know that, but there are certain things that the majority of Hilton Head Island buyers will avoid when house hunting.

Buyers view homes with a list of priorities and wants. Some things are more easily accepted than others. Here is a list of things buyers avoid when house hunting, so if you’re selling, it’s a good idea to address these items before listing.

1. Landscaping that has not been maintained. Trim and prune shrubs and trees, remove all weeds, or even update the landscaping with low-maintenance shrubs or grasses.

2. Pools that have not been maintained. If it’s filled with green water or has a leak, either have repairs completed or expect an offer to be lower than your asking price.

3. High-cost items like structural issues, mold, water damage, central air conditioning issues, or plumbing problems.

4. Salt water damage. Whether it’s your deck, trim, roof, or landscaping, buyers will typically keep looking at other properties if they see a lot of damage by the salt spray. Take the steps to repair the damage before listing.

5. Not enough closet space. Buyers love storage space, no matter how large or small the house is. If you have the option of creating more closet space before you list, it will be appreciated by buyers.

6. Outdated kitchen and baths. Again, the high-cost element comes into play. There are things you can do before you list to update these spaces like painting cabinets, changing the knobs and handles, and adding a fresh coat of paint.

If a buyer’s perception of the home is that they are getting a good deal (like a foreclosure or investment property), they are typically willing to take on more work than your regular listing. But if that’s not the case with your home for sale, address the things buyers avoid before you list to sell quicker.

What else do you want to know more about if you’re selling your home in Hilton Head Island?

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My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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5 Interior Improvements to Make Before you Sell Your Hilton Head Island Home

Interior Fixes to Sell Your Hilton Head Island HomeEven small changes can make a big impact on the length of time your home will be on the market, as well as how much you will sell it for.  Spending a minimal amount of money to make necessary changes will position your home to sell faster than the competition.

Imagine yourself as the buyer…No matter what reason a buyer has to move to the Hilton Head Island area, chances are they want to take advantage of all our area has to offer. Instead of giving buyers a list of chores they’ll have to do once they move in, give them the chance to relax on the beach instead by making the home improvements before you list!

These interior fixes and suggestions will help you, the seller, get the most out of your money when making improvements to your home.

Lighting
Any space is more inviting when it has the appropriate lighting. Brighten up spaces like the kitchen with plug-in, under-cabinet lights. If the lighting in the bathroom is outdated, replacing it now will keep it off of a buyers to-do list. Sconces are a less expensive way of adding visual appeal and light to a room.

Appliances
The appliances in your kitchen should match, at least in color. Instead of buying a new stove because it’s black and the refrigerator and dishwasher are white, you can use high-heat spray paints made especially for appliances.  This is only recommended if the appliance is in good working order.

Cabinetry
Updating the cabinetry in your kitchen or bathroom doesn’t have to be an expensive overhaul. By simply painting the cabinetry and changing out the hardware, your kitchen or bathroom cabinetry can be completely transformed!

Flooring
One of the ways to make a major impact in a room is to change the flooring, especially if it is outdated vinyl or old carpet. A less expensive way of upgrading the flooring is to use a floating floor that you can install yourself instead of tile or stone. This will bring the floor to the current style, and you will save money by installing it yourself instead of hiring someone.

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
The colors you have chosen to live with may be outdated, dingy, or just too bright! Buyers will be able to better visualize themselves living in the space with a clean, neutral color pallet throughout the home. To find better prices for paint, start by checking the “sale” sections of home improvement stores. Paint that was mixed, then not purchased is usually sold for a reduced price. It may not have been the right color for someone else, but it could be perfect to prepare your home for sale!

Help make your Hilton Head Island home the one buyers want by making it as move-in ready as possible. Give those buyers the chance to experience the beach, golf, and our many other recreational activities without having to spend the time indoors completing home updates!

Do you have other suggestions to add to this list?

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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What Buyers Want in Home Design: 2013 Trends

Home Trends 2013Getting the best price for your home when you have it listed for sale is always the main goal right? In order to make that happen, today’s home sellers need to be aware of what buyers actually want when it comes to home design.

Today’s blog post provides an overview of what the design pros are saying will be emerging trends in 2013.

Colors
Neutral color schemes are still the best choice when preparing your home for sale, however buyers are looking for the “new-neutral”. Opt for blue-gray’s and muted yellow’s instead of beige, white, or cream colors. For accent walls and accessories, design pros are seeing a trend toward orange and purple.

Outdoors
Since more and more families are conscience of their budget, having a vegetable garden is a huge bonus for buyers. Outdoor kitchens are also looked at with added interest, if simply to allow families to do more cooking at home all year round and take advantage of the climate, especially here in Hilton Head Island.

Indoors

  • Buyers are looking for things like media rooms with comfortable seating, good lighting, and tables.
  • Double-duty furnishings are gaining in popularity. For example, ottomans that can double as storage and seating, sofa-beds, and coffee tables that can be used for dining provide those extra features. While that furniture is most times not sold with the house, buyers are able to picture themselves living in a home that has these features.
  • Eco-friendly appliances and other features will continue to rise in popularity.

Take a look at the original article for even more home trends for 2013.

What home improvements do you want to make this year? Are they for your living needs or to prepare your home for sale?

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My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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