All these things will put off your buyers…
The housing market is so competitive at the moment so it’s vitally important that you do everything you can to avoid putting off buyers. Here is a list of the top things that put buyers off so if you can address these things, it will put you in a much better position:
- Lack of kerb appeal – not all properties look beautiful from the outside, we know that. However, it’s amazing how many people who are selling their home don’t actually do the basics such as mowing the lawn, trimming bushes back, and hiding bins away. Having a general tidy up outside of your property will create that all-important good first impression and with a hanging basket and well looked after pot plant outside, you can make the entrance to your home far more appealing.
- Bad odours – we can all go a bit nose-blind in our own properties so if you’ve got pets or you smoke, there’s every chance those smells will linger. Before a viewing make sure that your home is cleaned and smelling fresh with liberal use of air fresheners.
- General clutter – nobody wants to see your laundry, newspapers, dvd and cd collection strewn across the floor or wall-to-wall ornaments. People can’t see past the clutter so less is always more.
- Any signs of damp – these will act as a warning sign to any buyer. Even if the damp spot is fairly insignificant and easily repaired, potential buyers will think it’s worse than it actually is and not give your property the time of day that it deserves. Treat damp spots and redecorate those areas before conducting any viewings.
- Very old-fashioned kitchens and bathrooms – if you’ve got an old coloured bathroom that may have been fashionable in the 1970s then it’s probably time for an upgrade. It doesn’t have to cost the earth. A simple and tasteful white suite can make all the difference and certainly make your property more sellable. Same goes for kitchens. If your kitchen is in need of a bit of TLC then investigate the idea of replacing the doors. This can be a cost effective way of giving your kitchen a face-lift that will make it more appealing to buyers.