So you’ve got a potential buyer lined up, it looks like they love the place, then suddenly, they’re out of their like a ghost personally chased them away. Does your home suffer from some of the most common issues that scare away buyers? Here’s a checklist to go through before you list your home and risk spooking buyers!
1. Windows and Doors
This may not seem like a big one, but it’s the beginning of a series of red flags for potential buyers. If they are looking for a well loved and cared for home that won’t be too much work for them, sticking doors and windows is a major turn off. Before listing, make sure your windows slide open and closed with ease and that your doors do not scream like a banshee when you open them.
This one is HUGE. Termites can mean an incredible amount of damage and an incredible cost to deal with. Make sure there are no signs of termites near your property. You can also add a termite warranty from a remediation company for concerned would be buyers.
3. Clean Gutters
This is another little one that can have a big impact! Gutters that are neglected can overflow and cause in insane amount of damage. Put your potential buyer’s mind at ease and clear those things out! Not only does it make the home safer, but it stacks on the lovely, lovely curb appeal.
Here’s another big one. If a potential buyer spots cracks in the foundation, it could mean game over. Inspect you foundation before listing your home, and repair any damages you come across. Either this or be prepared to work with a buyer’s demands regarding them.
A smaller nag, but one that can have a big effect. If you’re leaving your appliances in the home while it is being shown, consider their age. First impressions are truly key to making an emotional connection with potential buyers, and a kitchen straight from the 60’s may not be what they’re envisioning.
Well cared for systems can last many years, but emphasis on well cared for. Make sure your system is clean and repaired when you begin showing your home. If homebuyers want a truly move in ready home, needing to repair and clean up an old system may be a major deterrent for them.
This is a major game changer for many homes. An old or poorly cared for roof can chase away home buyers faster than an angry watchdog. If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, consider having it redone, or be prepared to lower your asking price to reflect this. If your roof is still doing great, look into getting a certificate that testifies so. This could be a major selling point!
We hope the sale of your home goes smoothly and doesn’t spook a single buyer! If you’re looking for an agent to assure you the best deal possible, give us a call!