In this market, sellers really have it made. Denver and surrounding areas are seeing an astounding number of offers coming in on homes. Houses are even selling for tens of thousands of dollars OVER asking price. With that being said, there are a few things that can quickly turn a buyers head in the other direction. Due to our technology driven world, the first time your house will really be shown to a buyer will be online. Because of this, your pictures must be top notch. Bad quality pictures, poorly used space in the home or even some outside add-ons may be enough to send the potential buyer clicking the link to another home. Here are some common buyer turn offs to address before your photo shoot…
- The Garage – While you may see the need for extra room, turning your garage into a family room may actually turn buyers away rather than draw them to your home. Many people really like the idea of a covered place to park the car. The garage is also a good storage place for things like the lawn mower and other items you don’t need in the house but can’t get rid of. By turning the garage into a place for your kids to hang out, you are limiting the number of buyers that will have an interest in your home.
- Bedrooms – When you are ready to put your home on the market, you need to advertise a bedroom as a bedroom. Not everyone is interested in a kids playroom or a home office. Most buyers can picture turning a bedroom into something else of their choice, but it is harder for them to see a bedroom where you currently have a massive desk with built in shelves along the wall.
- Light Fixtures – Lighting should be kept simple and neutral. Use what appeals to your taste while you are living in the home, but change it back when you put the home on the market in order to let a buyer use their imagination as well. They need to be able to picture the things that appeal to their taste. An over-the-top antique chandelier may just be enough to keep them from giving the dining room another glance.
- Kids Bedrooms/Play Rooms – It is so much fun to decorate a room that will leave the kids in awe with all of their favorite colors and characters. However, the potential buyer could have older kids or none at all. The Disney themed room may just look like too much work to tackle. Before putting your house on the market, try to neutralize the space to make it more appealing to a larger crowd.
- Above Ground Pools – The summer months can be scorchers. Some places are so hot that the only way to enjoy the outdoors is with a pool. While you may want to go with an above ground pool to stay cool in the summer, buyers do not always look at them very fondly. If you are putting your house on the market, go ahead and take the pool down. You will probably want to throw some grass seed on the dead area left behind.
- Dirty Dishes – The kitchen is the heart of the home. Who wants to walk in to see a sink full of dirty dishes? If you are serious about selling your home, be sure you empty the sink each morning before you leave. You never know when you will get a call for a showing. It is best to always be prepared.
- Shoes – You will spend so much time trying to keep your home ready for showings. The last thing you want to do is to have buyers and agents tracking in dirt on your shiny floors or perfectly vacuumed carpet. Asking them to take their shoes off is a little bit of a nuicense. Instead, try buying the shoe covers from a medical supply store and suggesting they wear them during the showing. It says to the buyer that you aren’t hard to deal with, but you do care about your home.
- Smoking in the Home – Years of smoking in a home causes the smell to linger on the walls and in the carpet. If you have allowed smoking in your home and are thinking about selling, you probably want to do a little bit of work to get rid of the smell. Call on a professional to help you figure out what needs to be done.
- Pets and Their Accessories – While your family pet is a member of your family, you will want to keep their accessories out of the way when potential buyers show up. Some people do not look at your puppy’s slobbery chew toy as a sweet reminder of your little fur baby.
- Hardwood Floors – If your home has hardwood floors, let them shine! You may prefer carpet, but people that suffer from allergies or that just like the cleanliness of hardwood do not. It would be much easier for the new home owner to pick out their choice of carpet if they should desire to cover the hardwood. Likely, though, the hardwood will be a plus to anyone that is interested in your home.
One of the many advantages to owning your own home is that you can do whatever your heart desires. Decorate how you want, put in a pool, put down whatever floor you choose, etc. All of that is great to do while it is your home. These suggestions are for those that have an interest in selling. Sellers want to appeal to the majority of buyers. In order to do so, you may have to do a little bit of work. It will all be worth it in the end when you acheive the goal of selling your home. Who knows? In this market, some of these projects could result in quite a bit more money from the sell!
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