Tips for Selling an Older Home in Dallas

6.10.2013
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Baby boomers who have lived in a home for 30 years or so may bump up against some challenges when the time comes to sell. You may be one of those boomers who wants to downsize or move to a beach house or mountain retreat; however having been comfortable in your larger Dallas home for so long, you may not realize that there are some things you definitely need to do when selling an older home.

It Pays to Paint

It is rare that someone can put an older home on the market and sell it as is for the price they want. Typically, when selling an older home, it is necessary to spruce it up and make some inexpensive improvements that will enhance the Dallas, TX real estate and make it more visually appealing to potential buyers. Painting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to prepare an older home for selling. Select neutral colors to go throughout the house. Touch up all the scratches and clean doors, vents and window sills. Make them sparkle. Outside, touch up the trim with a fresh coat of paint and clean up the yard. It costs very little money, only time, to have a neatly manicured lawn to add curb appeal to your home.

Sell your Storage Space

Storage space is one of the most sought after features that younger people look for when they are buying Dallas, TX real estate. Unfortunately, older homes do not tend to have the massive closets found in the newer homes today. If you are fortunate enough to have a basement in your home, clean it up, organize it and make the most of it during the selling process. In order to make small closets look bigger when selling an older home, take all but the most minimal clothing out, organize what is left by color and place empty hangers in the middle. Also remove any clutter from the shelves and organize any boxes. You might even consider turning your smallest bedroom into a storage area or extra-large closet.

Consider Adding Attractive Items

Have you always wanted a large flat screen television or other high-tech electronic equipment in your home? Perhaps you plan to buy one when you move to your new home. Reconsider waiting and buy now. Studies show that newer, more modern features really help when selling an older home to younger buyers. What about that fancy wine rack or large stainless steel refrigerator you are planning for the kitchen in your new home? Go ahead and buy it now. Set it up in your old home to make it look more modern and help it sell faster. Is the furniture store holding a new leather couch for you? Go ahead and move out the old one and put the new one in your living room to help sell your Dallas, TX real estate.

Selling an older home is not impossible. Once you’ve spruced it up, have plenty of photos published on websites on the internet. Make sure you highlight your home’s best features and play down less attractive ones. Remember, recent statistics show that homes priced with round numbers, ending in “00” instead of “99” tend to sell faster, because buyers, for instance, looking on a website for a $200k home may miss a nice $199k home. Round those numbers to sell!