Wednesday, March 9, 2016

3 Homebuyer Turn-Offs To Avoid in Your Winnetka, Northbrook, Highland Park IL Home

The real estate market is just beginning to heat up for the spring and summer seasons and experts are already predicting it to "spring forward," along with the time this weekend. Inventory has been trending on the lower side for several months, but a wave of home sellers are getting ready to list their properties and spark interest among the numerous buyers searching for a home in Glencoe, Deerfield, Winnetka, Northbrook, Highland Park and the surrounding areas.

But just make sure you don't turn them off before they even make it to the door! Below are three common buyer turn-offs you will want to avoid in your North Shore home this year:

Converted spaces
Many of the homebuyers in the North Shore real estate market this spring and summer are looking for more space— whether that be with additional bedrooms, garage space or even finished basements. What they are not looking for, however, are converted spaces that take away from that extra room. Try to avoid turning your garage into a living or workout space and adding built-in features like wine storage or entertainment equipment to your spare bedrooms.

Carpet over hardwood floors
Today's homebuyers love the easy upkeep of hardwood floors, as well as the look they give a home. If you have wood flooring underneath of your carpet, you might like to consider showing it off! It is always easier for a buyer on the North Shore to decide to lay down carpet over wood floors than to see past the current carpet in a property.

Adding an above-ground pool
We are approaching the warmer weather months, but that doesn't mean every homebuyer on Chicago's North Shore will desire a pool. You might be tempted to install an above-ground pool in your backyard, although it is wiser to remember that most buyers see these as a major upkeep factor and a distraction from what would be a lovely yard.

I have years of experience in helping North Shore homeowners prepare and sell their properties both quickly and efficiently! If you are thinking of selling in Glencoe, Deerfield, Winnetka, Northbrook, Highland Park or the surrounding areas, do not hesitate to give me a call!

I'm happy to answer any questions you have!

Janie Bress
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