Even though spring has arrived, winter seems to be holding on for as long as possible. What does this mean for you as a seller? Well, it means your home should look its best in these cold, sometimes dreary final days of the winter doldrums because there ARE buyers out there who want to purchase a home.

If you are getting ready to sell your home, here's ten ways to get a buyer's attention despite the ice, snow, cold rain and frigid temperatures.

1. An Appealing Entryway: Your front door speaks louder than words, so what do you want it to say? "Come in!" or "Go Away!"? By giving it a fresh coat of paint, the words "please come in" will nearly be audible to an interested buyer.

2. Hardwood Floors: It is true that hardwoods are more on the pricey side, but most buyers are willing to pay extra for a home that contains real hardwood flooring. Worth the cost? We think so.

3. Fixtures: We don't mean drab fixtures... we mean fab fixtures! Think of these as the jewelry of your home; faucets and cabinet hardware should bring a coordinated and tasteful look to every room.

4. Beauty in the Bathroom: Not every bathroom has to be luxurious and spa-like. Even a first floor half bath can sparkle with tile floors, fluffy towels and a touch of color.

5. Inspiring Countertops: Do you like cleaning grout lines off countertops? Neither do potential buyers, which is why they're looking to see hassle-free counters like granite, Corian or concrete.

6. Appliance "Do's": Stainless steel appliances are always a popular option, but white also works well in just about any home. You also can't go wrong with panels that match your cabinetry to hide the appliances.

7. ​Closets with Organization: If your home suffers from the tiny closet syndrome, try installing modular organizers. These can double or even triple your closets' storage capacity.

8. Light!: Not enough natural light flowing through your home? It might be time to put in recessed lighting or sconces that utilize halogen bulbs. Trust us, it'll give any home a clean, more radiant look.

9. Built-Ins are a YES: As long as built-in cabinets, shelves and entertainment units aren't collecting an insurmountable amount of clutter, buyers will view them as free furniture and extra storage space.

10: Go Green with Grass: If you're debating between putting in a concrete patio or a rock garden, don't. Green grass and space for a garden often rate high on a buyer's list of must's.



Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel HillDurhamCarrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hil & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price pointsMasha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.TheSmartMoveTeam.com.