The real estate market can be described as either a sellers’ market or a buyers’ market depending on who has the upper hand at that particular time. However, it’s important to know as a seller that even in a sellers’ market the buyer still has control. No matter what the market is doing, if your house isn’t appealing to buyers they aren’t going to make an offer.
A house has been sitting on the market longer than you expected could have you scratching your head. If you find yourself in that position, check these 5 things that can be turn offs to buyers.
You can put a fresh coat of paint on in order to try to appeal to buyers, but if your house has repairs that need to be made, buyers are going to notice. If there are problems in your house it’s best to be upfront about it with the buyers. The home inspector will find the problems anyway before the sale if final. Or, make the repairs yourself if you have the funds available.
But what if you do not have the time or resources to make the necessary repairs? Then it is time to contact us. We want to buy your home as-is. That means there is no need to fix it up or make any repairs. And we can offer all cash deals. Contact us today to learn more.
There’s no way you can know what colors the buyers want to see in the house. That’s why it’s best to paint your rooms with neutral colors.
If you have bold colors throughout your house it can turn buyers away. Many are looking for move in ready houses and don’t want to worry about repainting every room so their furniture will match.
You can’t sell your house if you won’t let buyers look at it. If you are constantly turning down showing requests, you might be losing potential sales. It can be frustrating to constantly drop everything, quickly clean up the house, and get the family (and pets) out the door for a showing, but if you turn down a request a buyer might not reschedule.
It’s hard to smell what your own house really smells like. You’re in the house a lot so you are familiar with the smell. But, buyers will notice it as soon as they walk in the door.
If there’s a weird odor, it could be a big turn off to them. Ask a friend for their honest opinion on this. Let them know you need them to be honest, so you can make changes if necessary.
It’s ok if you do still live in your house while you sell it, but you don’t want it to look like you are living there. Pack up your kids school paintings, personal photos, and shot glass collection. You want to model your house after a show model so buyers can picture themselves living there.
If you haven’t put your house on the market yet, you’re in luck. Knowing these things ahead of time can make a big difference in how quickly you are able to find a buyer (and how much you can sell it for). But, if you’re already listed it’s not too late. Start making these changes now and get to work bringing new attention to buyers once you do.