Home buyers searching through homes on the internet, trying to decide which homes to visit in person, see a lot of pretty pictures (and terrible pictures!). But often the things that get a buyer to make an offer aren’t in those pictures.
Here are 5 of the top features St. Louis home buyers want, but you need to tell buyers you have them since they can’t simply tell by looking at pictures.
1. Hi-efficiency heating and cooling
Green features and energy saving features that will save homeowners money are very popular with buyers. If you spent the money to put in a high efficiency feature, make sure you tell potential home buyers.
2. Wood floors are really popular
While buyers might overlook bad pictures, they can’t read minds. If you have hardwood floors under your carpeting but you don’t tell buyers, they won’t know.
3. Gas stoves (or the ability to change the stove to gas)
It’s rare to find a buyer who says they want an electric stove.
While some buyers won’t care, most want gas stoves or the easy ability to change a stove to gas after closing.
The problem with online pictures is that the kitchen pictures often don’t make it obvious the stove is gas. Close-up pictures can solve that problem.
4. Newer roofs and systems
If you replaced ANYTHING in the last 5 years, be sure to tell home buyers. Most buyers really care about the age of systems and assume things are old if you don’t tell them when they were installed.
5. No ladder required
Buyers don’t peek into attics or climb on roofs. And even if they did, they usually won’t understand what they are looking at. Or why it is a big deal.
If you spent the money in places they can’t get to on their own, tell your potential home buyers or they won’t know it’s a benefit to buying your home.