Gracious living in a well-appointed home may evoke visions of price tags in the millions of dollars, but not all true luxury homes North of the River fall into the seven-figure bracket. If you are considering selling your own North of the River home, it’s important to consider your target buyer and the criteria most of them bring to their Tuscaloosa property search. What for them constitutes the definition of ‘North of the River homes’?.
Although many features could be considered as must-haves for the majority of North of the River home listings, three criteria in particular are usually included: well-planned and well-tended grounds, high-quality materials, and distinctive amenities – custom features not duplicated elsewhere.
To attract and suit a North of the River buyer, the grounds and landscaping of Tuscaloosa homes need not be extraordinarily expansive, although most buyers do prefer a spacious front lawn or plantings. What matters most is that the grounds of North of the River homes be artfully landscaped and well maintained. If your North of the River home is lacking superior outdoor space, this is one facet that will warrant consultation with a landscape architect or designer. Adding thoughtful details in this area can hugely enhance your property’s overall appeal.
North of the River homes distinguish themselves by the quality of materials that is apparent from the first walk-through to the final inspection. This encompasses not only the more obvious finishes: hardwood floors, quality carpeting, leading appliances, etc., but also the actual building materials and structural underpinnings. The appeal of hastily built spec homes, sometimes actually deserving the sly “McMansion” nickname, has faded in favor or craftsman and artisan homes. If you don’t know who built your home, find out. There might be an intriguing history there that sets your North of the River home apart from its competitors – an ‘angle’ that lends distinction.
A North of the River home’s extra amenities can markedly affect how it is perceived in the marketplace. Is there a multicar garage? Is there an amazing swimming pool? Is there an entertainment room with theater seating? A wine cellar? Lake Front? Designer kitchen? While lot size and footprint are important elements in pricing a property, the level of finish and unique design features are what usually close the sale.
If you are preparing to sell a North of the River home in Tuscaloosa, an important first step will be to consult an experienced agent well in advance because some improvements take time before their full value is realized. Contact me anytime to schedule a consultation. It can make all the difference!