What Modern Homebuyers Are Looking For

 (Hint: It's NOT Granite Countertops)

When looking at homes, we all have our own preferences for different home features—one person might want a huge, modern kitchen and another might not care about the kitchen as much as they care about having walk-in closets. But which features are most commonly used as selling points for homes?

Trulia pulled data from homes for sale on the site over the past year to see what design features are most popular for listers, pitting different features against each other. While some trends and design staples unsurprisingly won out—looking at you, subway tile and hardwood floors—others didn't necessarily come out on top, and some were just plain missing (seriously, no mention of granite countertops? I'm shocked!).

Check out how the most popular design features fared against each other here. 

Original Source: www.ApartmentTherapy.com

Preparing for a Home Inspection

Preparing to Sell a Home? 

The vast majority of Buyers will request at minimum, a General Home Inspection done, prior to closing Escrow. This inspection is usually done at the Buyer's cost, to discover any repairs needed on the property. Basically, it gives the Buyer a sense of what they're buying- and if there are any problems (or potential problems) that they should know about.     

  Here are a few ways to help prepare for the Home Inspection:

1. Have all utilities turned on! Especially in vacant houses, you want to be sure that gas, electric, and water, are on and working. 

2. Replace any burnt-out lightbulbs.

3. Know where the water heater and furnace are, and make them accessible for the home inspector. The same goes for an attic and a basement if you have one. 

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4. Replace any dirty air filters. (This will be one less thing for the inspector to note in the report!)

5. Have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors where they need to be.

*Pro Tip: Leave at least 2 hours for the inspector to visit the house! You don't want to rush him/her! Also, keep any pets or animals outside or out of sight!

 

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