Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Key Elements that Will Help Sell Your North Shore Home!

Selling your North Shore home this spring can seem like a daunting task as you think about all that will need to go into getting your home prepared. While there are many small details that go into selling your home, it can be a smooth process if you focus on those things that really matter.

Those looking to purchase a North Shore home will want to see a home that is well cared for and is in great condition. Chicago’s North Shore is a very desirable place to live, and many who are looking to buy this spring are searching for homes in Winnetka, Deerfield, Northbrook, Highland Park and Glencoe.

So what will set your home apart from the moment potential buyers see your home? Curb appeal. Making necessary updates to the interior of your home is important and usually the first thing those selling their home will consider. However, the exterior of your home will play an important role in the sale of your North Shore home. Buyers will notice your home’s setting and how you have cared for this area of your property. Below are a few key elements you’ll want to focus on as you prepare to sell your home!

Focus on the front door- Creating a deliberate entrance to your home will give people the feeling that they're being welcomed to the home. Make sure the entry to your home is obvious. If your North Shore home’s main entrance is at the side of the house, use a walkway or landscaping to direct people where they need to go. Paint the door a bright color that compliments your home’s finish. Placing a welcome mat out front will set the tone of a cheery and comfortable environment. North Shore buyers will feel that they are arriving at a special place rather than being welcomed by a unimpressive entry.

Come up with a concept for your landscape- You want your North Shore home’s landscape to be deliberate and well cared for. Whether you have a green thumb and an eye for detail, or you would like a professional’s opinion; the difference of investing in your landscape can be the added touch that pushes your home to the forefront. The cost can remain low if you simply add a few plants along the walkway or use mulch or stone to give a more finished look.

Deal with the driveway- This is the first thing potential buyers will see as they approach your North Shore home. Whether your driveway is dirt or pavement, you don’t want the focus to be on this area. You always want to draw the attention to the home. To do this, make sure the driveway is free of clutter or anything that does not need to be there. Lining the driveway with shrubs or creating a walkway leading up to the house will allow the buyer to focus on what matters and not be distracted by the driveway itself.

Pay attention to details- Buyers may not be able to place their finger on what sets your North Shore home apart from the competition; but those little details in the front of your home can make all the difference. Things like brick steps or ceramic tiles that compliment the homes color will pull the look together. Edging the lawn and colorful potted plants also add a nice touch that will draw buyers in especially as spring begins settle in the Chicago area.

These tips should be helpful as you begin to think through selling your North Shore home this spring! If you have any questions about the home selling process, or would like information on the current North Shore Real Estate market; please let me know! Finding a North Shore Real Estate agent that knows the area and has a proven track record of effectively selling North Shore homes can make a major difference in the home selling process. If you are still looking for an experienced North Shore Real Estate agent; I would love to set up a time to meet with you!

Janie Bress

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