When selling a home, a challenging location can lead to a challenging sale. When the challenge happens to be a busy street location, there are thankfully some steps a homeowner can take to improve the situation. The Home Co. shares our expert tips on selling a home on a busy street for the best price.
In our opinion, there are three main components to real property; location, condition and price. Location has long been heralded as the most important of these components for the obvious reason that location cannot easily be improved, unlike the condition of a home which can be readily changed.
When a property is located on a busy street, the location component of the equation is compromised because buyers often feel that a busy street will mean traffic, lack of parking, noise, and loss of privacy.
When The Home Co. sells homes on busy streets, we know a lower asking price is in order to offset buyer’s negative connotations. But we also focus on downplaying the street and highlighting other aspects of the home to increase its appeal to buyers and to get the best price for our listing clients.
Here are some tips we offer sellers with property located on busy streets:
1. Install window treatments on windows facing the busy street
We happen to like “top-down/bottom-up” shades because they allow light in at the top of the windows but add privacy where people can see inside. We also recommend shutters because they have the added bonus of noise dampening.
2. Fence the front yard to create “defensible space”
Defensible space is the notion that one feels more protected and removed from danger if there is a barrier between the street and the home. When a home is located on a busy street, this allows the owner to feel more protected from the street activity.
3. Plant tall shrubs to help deaden sound and provide privacy
Plants help absorb sound while adding important curb appeal to any property. Selecting taller/mature shrubs will also provide screening from passerby’s.
4. Operate a fountain to help alleviate traffic noise and provide calming white noise
The soothing sound of water is better than horns and sirens. While a fountain won’t completely erase noise from the street, it is helpful. There are a number of options to choose from- the louder the street the more robust the fountain will need to be!
5. Distract attention away from the street by creating a backyard oasis
A busy street may not seem as much a detriment if a buyer has a serene escape elsewhere on the property. By creating an oasis in the backyard that provides peace, quiet, and privacy, the buyer may not dwell on the busy street out front.
The Home Co. has successfully designed, staged and sold a number of homes of busy streets. Here are examples of our work:
If you’d like help designing, staging, buying or selling property, we can help! Just contact us and we will get to work!
About the Home Co.
The Home Co. delivers a fresh approach to simplify the complicated processes of real estate and renovation design for our clients. Our one-stop shop navigates the individualized needs of our clients from buying and selling homes to staging and remodeling, offering dynamic, full-service support with a stellar team of expert builders, designers, real estate agents, and project managers.
We believe that a home is not just a residence, it’s a refuge; we work closely with our clients to help them discover, design and invest in spaces where life happens. As a female-founded and led company, we pride ourselves on our integrated approach to client success; our core values are centered around clear communication and building trust. We know each project is unique and we bring our big vision and ability to understand our client’s diverse needs into every project.