What do a worn carpet, multi-colored walls and unruly pets have in common? They can make your home less desirable to prospective buyers and possibly prevent agents from showing your home in general. Davis, California real estate agents have a list of things clients do or don’t do that can make it more difficult to sell their homes, often without realizing it. But in today’s tough economy, sellers simply cannot afford to neglect anything that makes their house less attractive.
It might sound simple, but real estate experts strongly encourage sellers to be anywhere but home when potential buyers come to take a look. In the past, location was the only factor buyers might consider when deciding on their Dream Home. Now other criteria is also vital, like pristine condition, nice curb appeal and price rank high on the buyers laundry list. People shopping for a home like to envision themselves in their new home, which might be difficult, if the homeowners are lingering around, buyers may be hesitant to really look around and may feel hurried.
Another piece of advice, don’t forget the buyers sensitivity toward odors. Smells will bother not only potential buyers, but potential brokers as well. I have personally had buyers walk into a home and right out because of the unpleasant odor. The biggest culprit of a smelly house are mildew, mold, pets and cigarettes. These odors can prevent a sell or limit the seller from realizing maximum value.
In today’s market, a small repair to a homeowner can represent a huge burden to a buyer. Things a seller walks by everyday, like missing trim around a door, damaged countertops or peeling paint can even be a deal breaker in some cases. Buyers always over-estimate the cost of repairs. The buyer wants to be compensated handsomely for defects, that should have been fixed, are now negotiating tools that a buyer will use toward reducing the price or requesting credits at closing time. Buyers want to make a smooth transition and the home to be move in ready. It’s much easier spending $5000 toward home improvement, than reducing the price by $25,000.
Homeowners should get rid of junk and declutter, buyers can find it difficult to imagine themselves in a home that’s cluttered. Purging your home of years of memories can be painful, but it’s necessary for those hard to please buyers. Declutter your home, it will appear more spacious and is strongly recommended by experts. Following these steps will make the difference, whether your home sells or not. Please contact me at 530-219-1518 or visit my website at www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling your home and easy access to view all local area homes for sale.