Are You Getting Ready to Put a House on the Market?
If walls could talk, you would have some really big stories to tell at the end of your day.
Your new job finds you going in and out of three to four homes a day and creating the video and imagery that is needed to create a virtual tour of homes that have recently been listed or are just now going on the market. This opportunity for a new career presented itself just at the time when the options for substitute teaching disappeared over night.
Like many people who found themselves with employment challenges following the spread of the Coronavirus in the U.S., you were fearful that your days without being in the classroom would not only create a financial void, but a personal interaction void as well. And while most of the homes that you enter are either vacant, new construction, or at the very least an empty home while the owners leave for an hour or two, there are still many stories that you can sense.
Initially, you loved looking at the unique color schemes, furniture knobs and pulls, and laundry room creativity, but after literally hundreds of houses it now takes something pretty spectacular to capture your attention.
As the dresser drawer locks, furniture placement, and furniture knobs and pulls blur, you do find yourself imaging the lives of the folks that live in these spaces. A writer by nature, it should come as no surprise that you enjoy creating back stories to the rooms that you film. You imagine the playful laughter of the young children who scurry away to the secret space at the back of their closet. You nearly laugh to yourself about the whimsical knick knacks that so many home owners use to stage their home. Heck, you sometimes even find yourself imaging the dreams a young girl could dream while looking out the window of a luxuriously placed window seat.
You realize that when potential buyers are looking at the final video tour of a home, they are likely just skimming the surface of the homes that they are considering, but, for your part, you have found a way to look beyond the furniture knobs and pulls and imagine the lives that have been lived in these spaces and creating the conversations that could be had if the walls really could talk.
The Real Estate Market Is Booming in Some Parts of the Country
From the expense of updating the flooring wood stain in a home to the minor investment it takes to replace furniture knobs and pulls for a fresher look, it is important to note that there are many home owners who are looking to take advantage of this time when so many people are looking for their next option. Taking advantage of the extremely low interest rates and the availability of time when travel has been pretty much limited, there are many families who are looking to find a bigger space. At the same time, of course, there are older folks who are making the decision that now is the time to sell their large homes and relocate to smaller places closer to children and grandchildren. All of these decisions mean that putting a house in the best light is as important now as it was before the pandemic began.
Consider these facts and figures about the popularity of updating two of the most beneficial rooms in your home, even during these times:
- Roughly 47% of Millennials are likely to choose white kitchen cabinets, compared to 41% of Baby Boomers. These stats alone can help you understand the need to make sure that your kitchen includes the latest trends.
- The latest research indicates that home owners remodel more than 10.2 million kitchens and 14.2 million bathrooms every year.
- U.S. kitchen cabinet demand is projected to grow to almost $17.1 billion by the year 2021, and there are many waiting to see what kind of effect the pandemic will have on this prediction.
- Master bathroom remodels cost an average of $11,700, according to Houzz, but they often bring a significant return on investment.
Your walls really do talk when it comes to a virtual or in person home showing, so make sure they are saying the right words to help with the sell!