Selling a home isn’t as easy as it used to be. Ensuring that your home is 100% ready for viewing is one of the most important steps to making sure that your home finds a new family. However, people often look over small things that hurt their selling process in the long run. Here are 7 Things that Turn off New Home Buyers:
In an attempt to make their home feel more “homey,” people often leave too many personal items when showing their houses. This clutter actually has the opposite effect. It makes new home buyers feel as if they’re invading someone else’s space. It’s also hard for them to see themselves living there when there’s too many items that belong to someone else. They need to feel as if they are entering a home that will be theirs. The best way to show your home is to tone down the clutter to the bare minimum. This gives the home buyer the opportunity to use their imagination and create their own décor as they view the house.
Sometimes, what someone else smells may be a smell that you’ve become so familiarized to that you don’t notice it anymore. A perfect example of this would be the smell of a pet. When showing a home, it is imperative that you get the smell of your pets out of your house. The best way to do this is to clean the carpets, wash any places they may have slept (blankets) and places they may have used the restroom (kitty litters). Then, ask a friend to come over and tell you if there is any hint of smell left. Even though you consider the smell of your pet to be the smell of your home, new home buyers are looking to create their own turf and want a fresh, new start.
3. An Outdated or Outmoded Kitchen.
Once again, you must consider the need of the home buyer. You may have adjusted to the microwave that you’ve had for ten years, or the oven that could be placed in the fifties, but new home buyers may not find it as charming as you think. In order to get the best possible price for your home, it is important to keep all kitchen appliances as modern and up-to-date as possible.
4. Old Air Conditioners.
The last thing a new home buyer wants to deal with is an air conditioner that is going to break as soon as they buy their home. Air conditioners, especially in Florida’s relentless summers, are of the utmost importance. A new air conditioning unit will help your potential home buyer feel safe with their purchase and will make your home more appealing.
5. A Bad Roof.
Roofs are expensive to replace and can cause potential leaks in homes. A leak can end up rotting the wood of the ceilings and the walls, essentially ruining the home. New homebuyers don’t want to deal with the insecurity of having to purchase a home with a poor roof.
6. Bad Curb Appeal.
Your lawn is the first thing a potential home buyer is going to see. It is one of the key selling points because of its visibility. A dead lawn, ratty bushes and poor landscaping are immediate turn offs. Luckily, this is an easy fix. Clean up your lawn by plugging in any holes in the grass. Add a few bushes or plants for aesthetic appeal and keep it tidy. In order to get the maximum price for your home, a clean and attractive lawn is a must.
7. No Termite Treatment.
Termite bonds are easy to get and will reassure your home owner that they have no chance of having to deal with termites down the road. Many home buyers will not even consider a home that doesn’t have a termite bond. All you have to do is call someone like Orkin, Massey, or Terminix to come inspect and treat your home, then sign up for the bond.
In order to make sure that you’re buying your perfect home, or selling your home for maximum value, call The Wemert Group today at 407-412-8488.