October 18th, 2018
Let’s pretend your home is in decent condition; you’ve remodeled in the last 10 years, things are in good working order, paint is fresh and clean. Is that enough to be ready to get it on the market for sale. What does “ready to get it on the market for sale” really mean? It means, your home is going to cause an emotional charge in a buyer so that the impression your house makes creates value in the minds of buyers – more so than the homes against which your home is competing. Many sellers who think they’re ready are still guilty of at least one of if not all 9 little things that could hurt your chances to sell your house. Now if your home isn’t in decent condition, then maybe this article is more fitting to help you decide if you should fix up your home or sell as is
In no particular order of importance, let’s review these 9 things
Cords hanging from your mounted TV
As we live in our homes, little things fade into non existence. You may not even notice those unsightly cords anymore, but buyers who are looking at the remodeling you did in the last few years may wonder, “Gee, why didn’t the Seller go to the extra step and hide those cords in the wall… I wonder what else they cheaped out on”
An unkempt yard
Maybe before you put your house up for sale, you had your landscaper clean up a bit, trim the bushes and plant some color. Then right before a showing, a storm comes in and makes a mess. This same category applies to pool care. Maybe your pool guy was just at the house yesterday and has the pool sparkling but last night the wind kicked up and now the pool is dirty. Clean up your crap! Take the extra effort
A dingy front door
Here’s a first impressions thing; if your front door is a mess, replace it and that goes for a loud cranky ugly beat up garage door too. And while you’re add it, don’t be afraid of tech. Adding a “cool factor” to your front door lock could go a long way to making a great first impression. Here are 25 great front door colors and ideas to make a great first impression
I’m a dog owner and in fact I really do love my German Shepherd. But if I were selling my house, I’m sure there are buyers out there that would be willing to pay me top dollar for my home and yet would be dissuaded from doing so if they have allergies or are afraid of dogs or if my house smells doggy (it doesn’t). PetMD has a great article with some tips on how to make your home smell pet-free
Come on people, this is one of the easiest things to take care of it. Look up at the corners of your rooms and reach! You can do it, I know you can!
Poor furniture arrangement
This is one of the things you might want to solicit the help of a professional stager for. There are features of your home that can be enhanced with clever furniture arrangement that leads buyers minds and eyes toward that feature. In addition, “…Square footage is important to homebuyers, so when you’re selling a house it’s important to maximize the space to appear bigger and highlight each room’s dual functionality to enhance buyer appeal…” according to U.S. News & World Report and I happen to agree.
Junk drawers and crammed cabinets
Remember, buyers that are interested are going to open closets, peer inside your cabinets. They’re going to look everywhere. Are you packed to the gills? Do you want your buyer to feel that? Get rid of stuff! Rent a storage bay if you have to, better yet, if you haven’t looked at, thought about let alone used “that thing” in the last year, do you really need it still. Give it to Goodwill or the Salvation Army
More “9 Little Things That Could Hurt Your Chances To Sell Your House”
Well I suppose that goes in the last category but I’m pulling it aside here because of how important closet space is to many buyers, especially in the luxury home market like that for Palos Verdes homes. Listen, you might think nothing of your crammed closet. You’ve been living with it for a long time right? That’s not how your prospective buyers see it!
Cluttered counter tops
It may be convenient for you to have papers, mail, folders, kids homework whatever strewn about the kitchen or bathroom counter, but don’t do it! Put stuff away neat and organized. Make buyers feel they have plenty of room for their own stuff.
Now maybe you’re not quite ready to list your home for sale and you’re still working on correcting these 9 Little Things That Could Hurt Your Chances To Sell Your House, but first you want to get an idea of how much a buyer might pay for your home. Be really careful on using online home value systems. They all have huge margins of error and while I’m not saying to avoid using them, I am strongly encouraging you to use more than one; preferably three so you can get some checks and balances working in your favor. And I’ve put together some of the best home value estimate programs right here. You will find the below video on this site and also discover the only INTERACTIVE pricing model that gives YOU control. Go ahead and play the video here and then you can determine if you want to proceed to the site.