How to Make Your House More Attractive to Potential Home Buyers

This Spivack Law post is the second in a series of blogs providing tips for New Jersey home sellers who want to make their houses more appealing to home buyers. If you are thinking about selling your home, or if you are already beginning the process of selling your home, call Joel R. Spivack today to make sure you understand all of the legal issues involved.

Residential sales transactions in New Jersey often involve myriad legal issues. When the time comes for you to sell your home, it is imperative that you have a knowledgeable attorney on your side from start to closing. There are often a number of issues that arise in real estate transactions, including tax-related issues, title insurance issues, ordinances, zoning issues, inspections, repairs and other unforeseen challenges.

Another more immediate concern when selling your home is what steps you can take to make the property more attractive to prospective home buyers. Aside from cleaning the interior and the exterior of the home, there are other things you can do to maximize appeal, including:

  • Update the Home: Whether it’s cracked tiles in the kitchen, broken lighting fixtures in the living room, walls with paint that may be flaking or a garage door that creaks while opening, you don’t want any of these minor issues to derail a possible home sale. So, if possible, invest the money to update areas of your home that could use a minor fix-up, such as the kitchen, the bathroom or any other space in the house. And keep in mind that the kitchen and the bathrooms are often considered crucial areas for prospective home buyers.
  • Pack Your Stuff: Potential home buyers don’t want to see your personal possessions cluttering the house they are thinking about buying. You want the people who are considering your home to envision the space as their own, so make sure you remove any personal mementos such as family photographs, trophies or other markers of your past presence in the home. Also, keep in mind that moving your stuff out of the way can make the rooms and closets appear that much larger.
  • Purpose the Rooms: You want to make sure that each room in your house has an identity and a purpose. Home buyers love to imagine what they will do with certain areas, such as a living room or an office space.

For additional information, read the article, “Selling Your Home This Spring? 7 Tips to Help You Prepare.”


If you are thinking about buying or selling property in New Jersey, you need the assistance of an experienced real estate lawyer. Joel R. Spivack, Esq. is a knowledgeable real estate attorney who can help you avoid the pitfalls of the home buying or home selling process. Mr. Spivack can also answer any questions you might have about selling your home. You can contact him anytime to discuss your real estate matter.

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